What is Self Development?
To start, let’s define self-development. Self-development is a term that encompasses many different forms of personal growth in order to improve one’s overall life.
Self Development includes:
- Learning new skills or knowledge from a variety of topics
- Finishing unfinished homework assignments for school or work
- Learning new languages
- Establishing goals and not abandoning them once they become hard to achieve
- Organizing your thoughts and ideas and then writing them down on paper
There are many different ways in which you can develop yourself, be it through personal reflection, planning your future, setting goals for yourself, reading/writing as a form of therapy.
Many people use the term self-development as an umbrella term for all personal growth. It is important to note that not everyone will be using self-development as a generic term. For example, some people may ask you what your problem was with your test and you tell them that your problem was there were too many ideas in the test. The person may respond by saying “that’s self-development talk.” In this case, you are being told that the person does not understand what you are talking about, and thus, therefore, does not believe that it is a legitimate form of personal growth.
We live in a time where the notion of self can seem like an elusive goal. There are so many distractions in our physical and digital lives that it’s hard to see anything clearly. Some of us may find ourselves trapped by the illusion and buy into the idea that we need to immediately change every aspect of our lives to make ourselves more appealing or valuable.
That is certainly not what this article is about though! This article is all about how to work on becoming more whole, more fully developed, and better able to understand yourself.
This self-development means different things to different people but there are seven fundamental elements that apply to everyone. They are:
Mind, body, and soul – You will need to work on strengthening your body through exercise, eating well, and getting enough rest. This is both to improve your overall health and well-being but also to give yourself the strength you need to deal with the challenges of life.
Money – You will need money for living expenses, paying off debt, and saving for the future. Money is essential in today’s world and not just for you but also others around you. Think of family and friends that may have helped you along the way; now it’s your turn to help them.
Home, family, and career – The home is the place we live in and typically spend most of our time while at work. For some, it is a place to store items and make money. For others, it is more of a way to provide a resource for them and for their family or just the means to gain an income.
Financial – There are two financials you need to focus on: One is your salary or wages. In this case, you will need to work on how you negotiate pay increases as well as how much money you take home after taxes. The second financial is ownership. This is the asset you own and can help you with whatever you may want to do in the future.
Service – Most of us work to spend money, but this is not always enough when it comes to happiness. You may find it important to serve others too, so focus on the idea of serving people around you and then look for opportunities in your community.
Education – We live in a world where education has become more important than ever before, especially at tertiary level. There are many ways to gain knowledge but make sure you get it for the right reasons. Not only will this help you in employment but it will also provide a great experience and one that could last for a lifetime.
There are many other things to consider here, such as your own mental health or physical health. Both of these are essential aspects and you need to consider them not just now but all of the time. As different parts of our lives change throughout life we must take these changes into account too.
The important thing is to focus on what makes us most happy, regardless of how much money we make or even how much property we own.