Personal development is a mechanism for you to stand still, assess your current status, satisfaction, skills, quality of life and goals. After deliberation and consultation, you then decide on personal goals and a skill development program for the way forward to live your life.
Why is personal development important?
It will empower you to acquire or improve a specific skill or skills identified to acquire in your personal development strategy. It leads to greater self-acceptance, satisfaction and goal achievement.
The better equipped you will be more employable where Covid-19 has changed labour requirements permanently. It will improve your ever important relationships on all levels. You will be an inspiration for others.
The personal development process
If your strategy sessions happen in consultation with a coach or mentor; you are clever. You cannot do it on your own. Professional assistance is readily available at reasonable costs for your employer or yourself.
Areas for skill enhancement or acquiring are identified. Research is globally done, creatively and innovatively, for all the identified skills and issues. Suggestions and proposals with all the monetary, physical, coach and logistical requirements are presented, debated and considered.
What is the best for me?
How can I be the best me?
Will it make a successful me?
Will it make a happy me?
In the development program you allow for interim progress checks. If it deems necessary, adjustments will be made. The best proposal is chosen and you commit to that. Development skill programs could be time oriented or life long.
Although early life development and early formative experiences within the family, at school, etc. can help to shape you as an adult, personal skill development should not stop at all. The sky is the limit for skill development.
Areas of personal development
All areas of a human’s psychological, physical, mental, mind and brain skill can be improved. There is no skill that cannot be humanly acquired or improved.
Personal Development’s naturality
There are many philosophies surrounding personal development, one of which is Abraham Maslow‘s process of self-actualisation.
Maslow (1970) suggests that all individuals have an in-built need for personal development which occurs through a process called self-actualisation.
The extent to which people are able to develop depends on certain needs being met and these needs form a hierarchy. Only when one level of need is satisfied can a higher one be developed. As change occurs throughout life, however, the level of need motivating someone’s behaviour at any one time will also change.
At the bottom of the hierarchy are the basic physiological needs for food, drink, sex and sleep, i.e., the basics for survival.
Second are the needs for safety and security in both the physical and economic sense.
Thirdly, progression can be made to satisfying the need for love and belonging.
The fourth level refers to meeting the need for self-esteem and self-worth. This is the level most closely related to ‘self-empowerment’.
The fifth level relates to the need to understand. This level includes more abstract ideas such as curiosity and the search for meaning or purpose and a deeper understanding.
The sixth relates to aesthetic needs of beauty, symmetry and order.
Finally, at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy is the need for self-actualisation.
Maslow (1970, p.383) says that all individuals have the need to see themselves as competent and autonomous, also that every person has limitless room for growth.
Can we limit the human being when it comes to skill improvement? The human being is too curious, inquisitive and gifted to ever stop skill/personal development.
The sky is the limit…..