Personal Development is a system of identifying skill sets in your life that need to be enhanced or completely developed.  It is having a desire to be the best that you can be and taking that desire and putting it into action by seeking education, mentors, resources and tools that will help you to build a satisfied and rewarding life.

Ask any successful businesswoman what the keys to her success are and she will most likely mention personal development.  You can have big dreams, great business ideas and a deep desire to see your business succeed, but the piece of the puzzle that you need is personal development.

Some key areas of personal development that businesswomen tend to need are:

  • Communications
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Procrastination
  • Debt Management
  • Implementing
  • Reading
  • Developing A Vision
  • Losing Weight
  • Self Confidence
  • Exercise
  • Moving Past Fear
  • Speaking
  • Focusing
  • Networking
  • Spiritual
  • Follow-up
  • Organizing
  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Overcoming Fear
  • Writing

Developing yourself personally requires a total commitment and buy-in that you will evaluate your inner most feelings and be honest with yourself about areas you need improvement in.  It also means that you will take full responsibility for everything that occurs in your life and know that you have the ability to change the negative and increase the positive.

Personal development can be very challenging and oftentimes, we don’t want to visit the deep places that might hold our fears, pain and stress or dreams and goals that we haven’t accomplished.  But if you want to see positive changes that will lead you to have a more fulfilled personal and business life – you must embrace looking deep inside yourself and identifying areas that need improvement or changing.

Below are 10 ways to get started with your very own personal development system:

  1. Set at least 30 minutes to one hour in your schedule each day for personal development.
  2. In your journal (a simple spiral bound notebook will do) start writing down skills and areas of your life that you would like to improve.  Place a star or highlight the areas that you feel you need to immediately work on.  Don’t overload your schedule with working on all of the areas at once.  Some areas that need improvement might require long-term development, such as going back to school, getting certified in a particular subject or learning a new skill.  So don’t sabotage yourself by thinking you can change everything overnight.
  3. Complete a personal development worksheet located in the members download area.
  4. Schedule time to complete each action that is needed.
  5. Take notice as to whether you see improvement or not.
  6. Consider working with a life or business coach (one-on-one or group session) for resources, support and encouragement.
  7. Purchase at least one book (hardcopy, audio or e-book) that will enhance your knowledge in each area that you have identified.
  8. Search for seminars in-person or online courses and workshops that you can take.
  9. Consider making larger commitments to improving yourself, such as going back to school, 3 month or six month certifications or programs or entrepreneur training programs.
  10. Place no limits on your dreams and goals and make sure that you let no one else place limits on you either – keep yourself surrounded by positive and encouraging people!

Experiencing a joyful life and a successful business is what every businesswoman wants!  As you read this article, make a commitment to start using the 10 ideas above to jumpstart your very own personal development plan.   Visit www.WomenAboutBiz.net  frequently for our course schedule and make sure you read our how-to articles for tips and ideas on achieving your goals.

Remember, personal development is your key to success and you must make a commitment to practice it daily to see results!

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