Updated: Apr 3, 2022
Have you ever wondered if there’s more to life than what you’re currently experiencing? If so, then it’s time to expand your horizons by embracing personal growth!
Get A Hobby
Personal development doesn’t have to be all about practical skills. Personal development is about learning something new, and that can be anything!
Taking time to do things we enjoy is essential to mental wellbeing.
Hobbies are especially good at helping us learn new skills to boost professional and personal development. People who regularly engage in hobbies have the opportunity to experience new things and interact with different people. The skills learned through hobbies can also lead to specialized knowledge that you can impart to people with similar interests.
In fact, having hobbies can have a meditative effect on your thoughts. This is because no matter what you are doing, your awareness becomes completely focused on the hobby.
So if traditional meditation isn’t something that you’re interested in, taking up a hobby can have the same effects!
What are some of your hobbies? If you don’t have any currently when was the last time you took part in a hobby?
If you can't think of anything for the above questions, learn a new skill!
There are many avenues to learn new skills these days. Whether you want to reconnect with a passion from your past or you’re up for learning something completely new, it’s easier than ever.
Many people are using Youtube to share their knowledge. Whether you want to learn a craft such as painting or an activity like yoga, Youtube is a great place to start.
Additionally, websites such as skillshare.com offer hundreds of online classes for you to explore new skills and inspire creativity.
Face Your Fears To Grow
We all experience fear, from spiders to public speaking. Fear is an instinct designed to protect us. However, when we allow fear to drive our decision-making, we can miss out on growth opportunities.
Have you ever considered that fear could be holding you back? Fear of failure is very common, but this line of thinking constricts rather than expands who we are.
The best way to eliminate fear is to face it head-on. This will mean leaving your comfort zone. Just remember, comfort zones are there for safety, not to restrict us. Comfort zones can grow if we expose ourselves to new situations.
The best way to face fears is first to identify what you’re afraid of. Make a list of thoughts and ideas you feel are holding you back from trying new things. Use this list as a tool to help you begin to step outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised at how much you can expand your comfort zone just by testing its limits.
If you fear public speaking, spend some time researching this fear and how to overcome it. You may never enjoy speaking publicly, but you can become more confident in doing so. The same can be said about any fear holding you back.
Take a few minutes to watch this short Ted Talk about a different way to think about setting and achieving goals: https://bit.ly/35ZA3JH
Develop Your Skills
There are so many different ways to improve your development skills. Below is a list of ideas to help you enhance your development skills.
Reading Reading can enhance growth in so many ways, from expanding your knowledge and vocabulary to keeping you informed on current events. Reading is also a great way to stimulate your mind and improve your critical thinking skills.
Observation Watching and learning from the people who inspire you is a great way to develop new skills.
Networking Networking encourages interaction with many types of people. Creating relationships with people from all walks of life can help you learn new ideas and understand how to communicate and work with different personality types.
Meditation Meditation is a great way to gain clarity and awareness about yourself and situations plaguing you and to reduce stress and anxiety. Meditation can help you focus on your personal development goals in a healthy, positive, and calm way.
Whether you’re new to meditation or practice it regularly, try following this guided meditation for personal development: https://youtu.be/ILlKOJhFvgY