When I started my coaching business a little over a year ago I was so embarrassed that I didn’t know what personal development was. I saw that it was one of our 3 vital behaviors as a coach and I actually had to Google it to figure out what it was! If you’re as clueless as I was, don’t be ashamed. They don’t teach us this stuff in school (which they totally should!) and we live most if not all our lives never discovering how we can work on ourselves. That’s what personal development is. It’s all about working on yourself to become the best version of yourself you can possibly be. You can do this through books or podcasts. There are many different areas of your life that you may want to improve on so the type of personal development you choose to focus on can vary and it may change from time to time as your priorities and skills shift. For example, if you desire a stronger marriage, that’s where your focus should be – strengthening that bond with your spouse. If you lack confidence, there’s a book out there for that too! You seriously can find a book in just about every area. You may be thinking right now “That’s great for some people but it won’t help me in my life”. Or maybe you just don’t have time for it. Before you totally dismiss it, hear me out. Here are 4 unexpected ways personal development can change your life!
- Improved Health
What does reading a personal development book have to do with your health??? Um, how bout everything! Having a positive mindset and improving your skills in an area you’re lacking will make you a happier person and reduce your stress. With less worry, you’ll start sleeping better. You’ll have more energy. You’ll begin to w ant to take care of your body more and live a healthier lifestyle. Trust me, I’ve seen it happen before! It’s incredible how a shift in mindset can change everything, including your health.
2. Increased Income
No, I’m not exaggerating here. Working on yourself shows you that there’s more in store for you. You’ll discover your passion. You’ll have the confidence to reach for the stars. Maybe start your own business like I have. You’ll be living with purpose, loving what you do, and improving your skills in every area of life. Once you find yourself where you belong in life, being successful comes easy.
3. People will like you
Who wants to hang out with a total downer?? Not very many people. Once you start working on yourself, you will SHINE! You will become an inspiration to others. You’ll start to lift others up instead of pulling them down with you. You’ll be happier, friendlier, and full of joy. People will want to hang out with you. You’ll start attracting other positive people in your life. Even if you don’t consider yourself a people person, you’ll begin building strong relationships with those around you. You’ll make lifelong friends and relationships that last.
4. Your dreams will come true
Once you start putting your priorities in line, you’ll find that your dreams (the crazy things you never actually expected to happen) are now PLANS that really will happen. You’ll start setting goals, get organized, understand what you really want in life, and take action so you can have those things. You’ll be going on exotic vacations around the world, buying that beach house, or having that first book published. Anything is possible when you start working on yourself.
Of course, these 4 things only work if you do. You can’t just read the books or listen to the audio without really thinking about the message and taking action. It takes work but you CAN life the life you have always dreamed of. You can live a life of purpose and love what you do. It all starts with a mindset change, a positive attitude, and the belief that you can do it. All of this you gain from personal development.
As with health and fitness, it helps to be surrounded by a group of supporters. They push you to go further and keep you on track with your goals. If you don’t know where to begin with personal development or just need a few more positive friends in your life, join The Positive Mindset Book Club. It’s a free Facebook group where we do book discussions as well as share motivation and encouragement. We would love to have you in our community of positive thinkers! ❤