One of the things I see out there is when many folks think about
improving themselves as in personal development, it is often only
about the mental or behaviour aspects. But to me, true personal
development involves a good overall balance of everything including
good mental health, physical health, emotional health and
development of skills to be more effective in your environment.
This environment can include career as well as personal
relationships. So personal development can involve, and should
involve, many different aspects, not just philosophy or attitude.
Developing oneself should be improving oneself in as many areas of
life as possible.
One thing I'm finding is you can't flip Maslow's Hierarchy on its head. If you try to work on the higher needs/values of self-actualization or transcendence, while basic survival still isn't on stable footing, the whole big pyramid just might collapse! Keep developing and expanding, but pay attention to the basics along the way!
I think the best way to develop yourself is by doing what you love. Find your passion work - the thing in life that makes you feel joy down to your inner-bones - and then figure out how to make that your full time mission. If you are passionate about what you are doing on a daily basis then you will automatically strive to be the best at it!
Figuring out what you are passionate about is just the first step of course. Once you figure it out, you need to create a vision that will drive you to fully engage in it. From there, setting weekly goals in all areas of your life - from work to play to take care of your mind, body and spirit - will help you make your vision come to fruition and ultimately engage you fully in your passion work. This is the essence of Apex Lifestyle Design.
I am enjoying life more today than I have before. I am an only child and I was headed to being satisfied with having very few friends and keeping most of them at a distance.
I was a cooperative learner, my primary physician appreciates that I do my best to follow up on what she asks me to do... (not perfectly, that's for sure... I do not exercise daily---often, much at all, to be honest and she keeps gently asking me to get on with it)
Still I have responded positively to many of my teachers and I especially appreciate the time Dorothy donnelly took to teach me how to listen to others and to become aware of what I was feeling.
I now see myself as a welcoming human being and a faithful, healthy friend.
And a whole lot of folks choose to love me... I am happy to keep working at becoming more honest with myself and choosing to think, speak, and act positively.. now, about the aily exercise???!!!