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Common Assumptions in Personal Development…

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Found this great list at cashintoblog, and thought I’d share it with you:

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Common assumptions in personal development

  • You are responsible for how you live your life. People who are on the personal development path understand that their thoughts and actions play a big role in what they get out of life.
  • You need to define what you want before you can achieve it. Many people go through life aimlessly, without a clear destination in mind. Ultimately, however, we need to identify our values in life before we can achieve them.
  • Short-term costs can lead to long-term benefits. Actively trying to change one’s life is not a walk in the park; it often requires effort, and even failure. There are no magic pills or blueprints for you to follow. You need to be willing to invest yourself, which requires short-term costs that lead to long-term benefits.
  • You are always changing. The truth is that whether we play an active role in our personal development or not, we are always changing and developing as individuals. We are all on some kind of personal development path, but some take more control over their destiny than others.
  • Your thoughts matter. We sometimes think of our thoughts as immaterial and inconsequential, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. How you think strongly influences how you act. And how you act will determine the results you get out of life.
  • Your habits matter. Just as we should focus on changing our thoughts, we should also focus on exploring new habits. As the saying goes, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.” Sometimes we won’t know what the correct course of action is until we have experimented with different things.
  • The present moment is your place of power. Every conscious decision we make and every action we do unfolds in the present moment. The more attuned you are to the present, the greater control you have over your day-to-day actions.
  • Learn from the past. While we can’t change our past, but we can often look back on it and learn from our past mistakes and past successes.
  • Be optimistic about the future. We don’t always know what the future may bring, but if we remain optimistic and hopeful we allow ourselves to act in ways that help create that fact. Often times, it can become a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.
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