I was on a call today and it made me start thinking about my personal development journey, how far I’ve come and how much more room there is for growth in this area.
The Personal Development Journey – Why It’s Not a Destination
On this call I was talking to my good friend, Angie Crawford, who started me on my personal development journey. She’s launching a success coaching business and I’m really excited for her. I know she’s going to be a phenomenal success coach because I know how dynamic she is. She attracts people like a magnet.
I was thanking her again, for putting me on this path. We were talking about personal development and how it is not a destination but a journey.
It’s not a one-time event, but rather it’s like peeling back the layers of an onion. Before my personal development journey, I was like many others. If you’re watching this and you really haven’t gone down that road I understand. I’ve talked to people who may not be involved in network marketing and have asked them “Have you ever heard of Jim Rohn? Have you ever heard of John Maxwell? Do you know who Darren Hardy is?”
They don’t have a clue.
That’s where I was in 2003. I had gone to one Zig Ziglar event when I was 16 and learned a little bit, but it didn’t really sink in back then. Years after that, I had gone to various sales trainings with different sales jobs I had in corporate America, but I didn’t realize there was this whole, big, wide world of personal development, growth, and leadership development. I didn’t realize there were ways to continually get better.
For someone like me who has always in my life strived to be more and more excellent at whatever I do, that was like opening up the sky to me. When I found personal development, I don’t know about you, but my first taste of it left me wanting so much more. The personal development journey is so rewarding because you’re always learning something. You start listening to a mentor, putting new practices and habits into action and you can start bringing positive change into your life. This doesn’t necessarily happen overnight, but it is constantly dripping on you day after day, have a compound effect.
You start to make these tiny little changes in your life because the words that are being spoken over your life, that you’re hearing, are actually making a difference in everything you’re doing.
When The Student is Ready….
For instance, I actually read Think and Grow Rich years ago, but I wasn’t ready for it. I did not understand what I was reading so I put it down. This past year I went to Go Pro in Las Vegas and almost every speaker was talking about Think and Grow Rich. This was a huge sign for me that I needed to read it again. I picked it up again and it’s making sense to me now. My eyes are so much more open because of the personal development journey I’ve been on in the last 10 years. Now I understand what it’s about.
The book had not changed. It was me who changed because of where I was on my personal development journey.
That could happen to you on your personal development journey. You may run across training and it may barely scratch the surface at that time. Then you may come back to it or you may hear a part of it and all of a sudden:
Wham! It makes all the sense in the world. You have an a-ha moment.
The pieces of the puzzle make sense and now you implement this in your life because you really get it now.
The personal development journey is like peeling back the layers, sloughing off skins, like a snake. You become better and better if you keep diving in deeper and deeper and implementing what you’re learning. When you do this, you’ll grow and elevate yourself where you can help more and more people and impact more and more lives.
If you’re not on a personal development journey yet, it’s a great time to start. Make it a point this year that you’re going to do some form of personal development by listening, reading or watching something every single day so you can change your life.
You’re the one who can do it. You can start right now.
I hope you enjoyed this tip and you got some value from it. Please let me know by leaving me a comment below and sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Also, share this with anyone that is starting on this journey and they don’t really know what personal development can do for them.
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