Personal Development Is Not A Road To Be Travelled Alone

Give Yourself The Best Chance For Personal Growth

We are all aware of areas of our life where there is scope for personal development. It is a path that none of us can avoid taking at some time in our life, which all of us have some opinions on and some need to address in a mature and considered manner. It is also true that personal growth can be a very daunting pursuit, one which can make great demands both emotionally and physically on the person who undertakes it. For that reason, there will always be people who embark on a journey of self improvement only to find that the demands are too great and then turn their back on it at great personal cost.

In this light it is important to look at how you give yourself the best chance for personal growth. It is not something you can decide right off the bat – “I am going to succeed because I want to” – but requires a game plan that takes into account the potential drawbacks of working towards your own development. The fact is that personal development is hard work, something that requires your attention and a firm commitment to make yourself better in a number of ways. It may cause you to face difficult questions, and raise issues that require a great deal of strength if they are to be dealt with fully. For this reason, personal development plans tend to succeed more fully if they are undertaken with a friend at your side, someone who knows you well and can provide you with a boost when you need it most.

If you embark on a self improvement project, the first few days are often the hardest. You will find that changing your ways is more difficult than just deciding that “this is how things will be”. We have all found ourselves in a rut from time to time, and some of us are comfortable doing things as we have always done them. To change this requires a lot of moral strength, because it is easier and less hassle to stick with what you know. The only way to ensure that you will stick to the path is to have some encouragement, someone to rely on who will tell you to keep going, not to lose sight of why you began your personal improvement project in the first place.

By embarking on the plan with a friend or partner, you will guarantee yourself a level of encouragement and support that can make all the difference in terms of success. All too many people bring a halt to their plan for personal growth because they fall into the trap of believing the little voice that tells them “You cannot do this”. Having a friend there to contradict this voice and tell them “Of course you can do it. I believe in you” makes all the difference. So if you are looking to make a change in your life, tell a friend and encourage them to join you. It will be one of the soundest decisions you ever make – and will have positive results for both of you.

To streamline and minimize blog maintenance, I will be discontinuing maintaining the website (however, I will still hold the domain). I will gradually move all articles from this site to this site. This article originally published on the above website on Mar 6, 2009.