8 Top Tips for Personal Development

Ahhh…..early mornings spent in my cozy chair snuggled under my blanket in front of the fireplace (loving the cooler weather) reading a “good book” is one of the highlights of my day!

My ‘book’ of choice now is actually a magazine yes, I know, but I love Live Happy! What a way to start your day on a positive note with great stories and tips! *And the digital edition available on the iPad is so FUN! 😀

Growing up I used to love reading fiction but now my joie is found in self-help books. The Law of Attraction says that you attract more of what you ARE. When you become a little better in some way than you were the day prior, your life and your circumstances will improve; things get easier as you get better. Who doesn’t want that, right?

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Jim Rohn

So how do you become better? Personal Development! By simply following a course of continual growth and striving to reach your full potential.

Here are 8 of the most helpful suggestions I’ve found for improving one’s self.

    1. Start Now 
      There is no such thing as the perfect time. Do something about your personal development plan today. Growth doesn’t happen overnight, so you need to start now. You can build on what you do today, tomorrow. Don’t become a pro at procrastination! 😉
    2. Read, Read, Read
      Make it your personal goal to read at least a book per month, or 10 pages of a good book a day. Learn from the successful people who have gone before you. Choose a trait you would like to improve on over the next 90 days and get books, lectures, attend a seminar…etc all around that topic.
    3. Me Time
      Take time every day to do something for yourself, even if it’s just 10 minutes of guilt free quiet time drinking a cup of coffee, or tea, as is now my drink of choice. Reward yourself in little ways for the progress you’re making.
    4. Journaling
      Keep a daily journal, recording your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and GRATITUDE’S. Time for Reflection is key as John C Maxwell writes in his book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth:

      “Learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you.”

    5. Be Accountable
      As hard as it is to accept, you are 100% responsible for what you are today and where you are today. No one else is to blame. Your choices and actions have gotten you to where you are today. By accepting personal responsibility you free yourself from the victim mentality and can begin to change things in your life for the better. If you want to become someone (or be somewhere) different than you are today, make personal growth your #1 priority. YOU are in the driver’s seat for YOUR future.
    6. Feed Your Mind
      Choose carefully what and WHO you allow IN. By filling your mind with positive ideas, thoughts, and people who support and inspire you, you will be happier and have no room left for the negative.
    7. Visualize
      Put up pictures of your dreams and goals where you will see them frequently. Create Vision Boards. Allow yourself to dream big WITHOUT LIMITS! Spend time every day visualizing your dreams being realized, in full color with all the sights, sounds, smells and emotions.

           “You never get what you want, you always get what you picture.”
                                                                                             ~Bo Short

             8. Never Give Up
                Life works in cycles and moves to a rhythm. You will have days when the funk hits you. When you                  hit a slow point or things don’t seem to be moving, don’t give up. Be kind to yourself and Keep Going.

And most of all, remember that there is no end to your personal development journey. So have FUN and enjoy the ride!

My own journey really began just a few years ago when I left Corporate America and partnered with Neora, a company that has a heart and is committed to Making People Better. You can see the Neora Philosophy here:

One of my favorite quotes:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost)

If you enjoyed this list, please comment below and let me know your thoughts on following these personal development tips! 😀

4 Switches to Turn ON Your Passion

Are you looking for your passion?

Have you ever said “I’m just not passionate about what I do”?

Heck, I personally have expressed part of the reason why I left my career in the Corporate World as that I no longer knew what I was passionate about and I wanted to take some time to figure it out.

Well, thank goodness! I have been disabused of that terrible notion. ? I’ve learned that you don’t ‘lose’ your passion. It’s not something that can be found. Its always there inside of you but like electricity, you may have just turned the light switch OFF. So then, how do we flip the switch and get the lights back ON?

If you’re ready to have your “lack of passion” excuse (yup, I’m calling it like I see it) for not taking action or making progress taken away….(mine was!) then continue reading and as you do, ask yourself- Which light switch is MINE? Ready?…Read on!

4 Light Switches you can flip to turn ON your passion—-

Switch #1

Being Passionate about WHAT you do.

Contrary to common belief, and mine too until recently, this isn’t where all of passion lives and dies. WHAT you do IS a switch but needs a dose of reality thrown in.

Work is going to suck 95% of the time. But that other 5% is freaking awesome! – Darren Hardy

You can’t say it much plainer than that! ?

There’s so much I do really love about the company I’ve partnered with, Nerium International. Way more than 5% worth! Why have I chosen Nerium, why will I never leave and why do I have dreams again? Listen in!

But following the system day in and day out, mastering the mundane, dealing with disappointment, the foibles of people, sigh….now that is not what I love.

Switch #2

Being Passionate about WHY you do it.

What is your mission? What do you want to accomplish with what you’re doing? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My WHY is to enable my husband to walk away from his J.O.B., create a magical life of Personal Freedom for us both and help others to Dare Greatly and achieve their Dreams.
Its been said more times then I can count, that if your why doesn’t make you cry it’s not strong enough. If you truly love the results of what you do, then you’ll be able to get thru the other 95% of the time.
If this is YOUR switch then drill down deep into your WHY and be crystal clear on it, write it out and hang it where you will look at it daily.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

Switch #3

Being Passionate about HOW you do it.

Do you bring all of your passion and enthusiasm to doing quality work, regardless if it is a seemingly mundane task? If you aren’t fueled by recognition, applause and gratitude in order to execute the HOWs with excellence then this may be your switch.

Its not the how’s- its HOW you do the how’s that matter. – Jeff Olson

That a seemingly insignificant HOW is so powerful was a wonderful surprise for me. I do the HOW by putting ME into everything thing I do, being Real, being Happy, having Fun and doing it the way it feels right, always being true to myself. I AM happy, excited and passionate because of what I do and why and who I do it for. And yes, there’s a tiny bit of perfectionism in the mix too. 😉

Switch #4

Being Passionate about WHO you do it for.

The WHO could be your family, your children, anyone or any group of people, even a country, as long as it’s NOT you.

If you haven’t found something you are willing to die for, you aren’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King JR

If this is YOUR switch when you refocus on WHO is being served by what you are doing, why and how you are doing it you will be LIT UP inside and ready to do whatever it takes to get it accomplished.

Which switch will you flip? Actually, which one really doesn’t matter…….as long as it matters to you— PASSIONATELY.

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Have your What, Why, How & Who figured out? Great! I’d love to hear what it is that you’re passionate about! ? Please share in a comment below.