5 easy ways to work on your self-development

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As human beings, we never stop learning. Our formal education might finish in our twenties after which we join the corporate world and start a job or career; but that doesn’t mean that we need to stop learning.

Life and experiences teach us new lessons everyday. New roles that we take on – either in the course of our lives such as becoming parents; or in our careers – teach us something new, something we’ve never learned or done before. And that’s what self-development is all about: taking calculated risks, experiencing new things, learning a new skill and gaining knowledge in a new area.

Here are 5 easy (and not so time consuming) ways in which we can work on our self-development.

1. Learn a new skill

Often, you have to learn a new skill because your job demands it. You might be branching your business out further, or perhaps got a promotion that requires you to learn something new.

If you are in a full-time job or are a working parent and cannot go back to full-time college, there are plenty of other options available such as evening courses, part-time courses and online courses. There are even specialised courses such as content writing courses for bloggers, attaining CSCS cards for those in the construction field or specific teaching courses.

On a non-professional note, you can even learn a new skill to enhance your general knowledge or pursue a hobby. Be it a sport or a dance or learning to play a musical instrument, or baking or crocheting or learning a new language, learning keeps your mind active and helps you grow as an individual.

2. Have a growth mindset

Having a growth mindset is very important for self-development. Often, we are so stuck-up in our own ideas and beliefs and ways of doing certain things, that we refuse to accept another’s point of view or another possible way of doing something. However, when we open our minds to new possibilities and adventures, we often find them much easier/ better/ practical/ exciting.

This doesn’t mean you have to give up your personal beliefs; it only means you should be open to at least trying out other options and be willing to grow out of something that doesn’t serve it’s purpose anymore. This is a great life skill to possess and will enhance your personality.

3. Overcome your fears

Our mind is the strongest part of us, and our thoughts create our reality. So make sure you think positive and uplifting thoughts. We all have fears and insecurities; however, the more we dwell on them and tell ourselves we cannot do something, the more ingrained in our sub-conscious it becomes and hinders our progress.

Instead, take your fear as a starting point towards growth and do what it takes to overcome it. You will then realise that it was all in the mind.

An image of a brain with a ladder in it representing growth mindset

4. Accept change

Change is the only constant in life, and the sooner we accept that, the easier it becomes for us to accept those changes and go with the flow. No-one likes change – me, especially – after being settled and comfortable in our surroundings, job, lifestyle etc. But sometimes, change is necessary for our self-development; it helps us to get out of our comfort zone and do the things we are supposed to do to grow.

5. Read, read, read!!!

Books equate knowledge, and the more you read the more your learn. It doesn’t have to just be non-fiction factual books, even fiction teaches us so much about life and people through made-up characters and situations. Books expand our imagination and take us to places we might not be able to travel to in real life.

Newspapers, online articles, books of all genres – reading is a beautiful hobby that will serve you well throughout your lifetime and help your knowledge about the world develop.

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