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What are the 10 Key Areas of Personal Development?

What are the 10 Key Areas of Personal Development?

What are the 10 Key Areas of Personal Development?

These are the 10 key areas of personal development you should aim to improve:

  1. Clear thinking.
  2. Goal setting.
  3. Clear communication.
  4. Time management.
  5. Prioritisation.
  6. Handling conflict.
  7. Praise and appreciation.
  8. Self-control.
  9. Self-motivation/Self-confidence.
  10. Inspire positive emotions in yourself and others.

1. Clear thinking.

Human action and emotion are governed by human thought. If thinking is clear, rational and positive, then the resulting actions and emotions will be constructive.

On the other hand, if thinking is unclear, then they will be destructive.

So, the first step is developing clear, rational and positive thinking habits.

2. Goal setting.

Success means, "the achievement of a goal". So, to be successful, we need to set goals. Goals should also be clear, rational and positive.

  • Clear means, specific.
  • Rational means, practicable.
  • Positive means, goals should never violate the rights of others: the achievement of the goal benefits others too.

3. Communication.

In order to achieve goals, you need to gain the willing cooperation of others. Therefore, your communication too, should be clear, rational and positive.

  • Clear means, precise.
  • Rational means, well-formed, logical.
  • Positive means, with a helpful intention towards others.

4. Time management.

Time management means prioritising your time and effort to get the most pleasure and progress from every day.

5. Prioritisation.

Time is limited. You don't have infinite time to achieve all you want to achieve. So, you must prioritise.

6. Conflict resolution.

Conflict is inevitable, so we must learn how to manage it properly. Many people don't manage conflict properly. They get angry, upset, evasive or aggressive, making a bad situation worse. Personal development includes mastering the art of negotiation and conflict resolution; in a professional, calm, and measured manner, according to proper principles.

7. Praise and appreciation.

Personal development includes harnessing the power of social motivators. Social motivators are intangible. They are words, sentiments and feelings. Personal development includes understanding human psychology and how important it is to motivate people through kindness, thanks and appreciation.

8. Self-control.

The achievement of any goal requires self-control. We must do what we should do, even if we don't feel like it. We need to control our temper, control our eating, control our bad habits, control our language, control our imagination, and our fears. Only if you learn to control yourself, can you begin to control your environment.

9. Self-motivation/Self-confidence.

There are two sources of motivation, external and internal. External motivations come from the environment and other people. Internal motivation comes from within your own mind. People are better off, if they don't rely on others or external circumstances to motivate them. You are better off if you can motivate yourself. Give yourself the confidence you need to keep moving forwards.

10. Inspire positive emotions in yourself and others.

If you master all of the above nine qualities, then you will be in a great position to take the next step; to inspire others.

One of your duties here on planet earth is to become a source of strength to the others; to inspire others to greater achievements and to help them reach their full potential.

The more you help others, the more you help yourself.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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