My own definition of personal development
Personal development is a quite a broad topic. Sometimes, people find it difficult to define it properly!
Mine would be that it’s a way of thinking, a group of tools, which aims to make you evolve in order to become the best version of yourself. However, it’s not just that. We tend to want to fix what is not working for us, without thinking about developing what is already working!
Personal development will also not be used in the same way in all people. Not everything will work on you, and from one person to another there will be a use of own tools, some will suit you more than another individual.
It has also become a real philosophy for me, as I like to say my « religion », my personal « belief ». Finally, there are no rules, personal development must above all be a voluntary process that comes from you. You have to believe in it, be positive, and want to embrace it in your life. But believe me, if you do, you won’t regret! It was a real life changing for me.
But which area this famous personal development affect? Well, overall it’s about your well-being. Your personal, professional, social well-being. It goes through your mentality, your self-love, your diet, your movements, your spirituality and so much more…
How I started to take an interest in personal development?
A year and a half ago, I went on a working holiday visa (WHV) in Australia to complete my gap year. It was my first big solo trip so long and far from home. This trip in itself was a real introspection, a great way to find myself.
I lived in Melbourne for five months, it was the first time I stayed mobile so long without moving in another part of the country. Then, I went to the nearest library to borrow some books. There, the « personal development » department caught my attention. I finally came home with over seven books on the subject! Books that dealt with well-being at work, tabout the power of habits, about inspiring women who have succeeded in their business … In short, only super inspiring books that immediately made me want to adopt personal development in my life.
I then started by doing exercises like writing my life diary, exercising again, starting yoga and meditation, eating healthier, listening more to my body, putting my life into perspective, working on my dreams and my ambitions.
Until the day when over time I ended up adopting my personal development on a daily basis. I now write everyday, read everyday, watch coaching videos and train for free, exercise regularly, meditate every day, listen to my body and nourish it the way it deserves. Now, I take care of myself, I learn how to stress less and relativize daily, and I finally believe in my dreams.
A continual path
Personal development has no end in itself. For me, it’s a perpetual path of self-development that never stops. Every day we grow, we evolve, we never stop learning to know each other better, to love each other, to improve. The important thing is the journey, not the destination. Because in reality, if you adopt this philosophy, every day will be a new destination, I assure you!