I first posted this a year and a half ago and it remains the most popular viewed posting. I’ve thought a lot about why it is such a popular topic and I think, at least partly, we all seek ways for improving ourselves, not because others want to but for our own satisfaction. I also believe personal development is a life long endeavor and crosses all cultures, races, religious preferences, and health. Why? Because no matter our personal situation, we all seek ways to better our lives. We all have burdens and obstacles throughout life but it is through personal development that we overcome those challenges and find joy.
What does the term personal development mean to you? When coaching clients, I consider personal development to be
whatever helps them to grow as an individual. Personal growth can include continuing education, learning a hobby, or even starting a new job or business. Perhaps you have always wanted to learn how to knit or take up photography. People who suffer from chronic illness or pain, it is important to consider what is realistic when exploring ways to develop personally.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, the Web of Life is integrative with each of the segments relating to the other. Personal development should provide you with fun and joy. It may be a means to make friends or help better understand your health. Personal development may also lead to a job that becomes a satisfying career which in turn improves a financial situation. Of course, all of this depends on personal interests and priorities but this gives an idea of how the Web of Life works.
Some people have asked where religion is on the Web of Life and I believe it belongs in personal development. Not everyone is religious but those who are spiritual or religious use their beliefs to offer inner strength and personal growth. For many, God gives the strength to continue each day despite daily pain. Religion is a personal experience and how one finds or uses spirituality is a developmental process.
For people with chronic illness or pain, it may seem difficult to consider personal development as life already may seem overwhelming just trying to survive each day. But it is critical to find something that brings enjoyment and personal growth. The key is having a sense of purpose. Personal development can help lead to finding the purpose and joy that even those of us with chronic illness and pain deserve.
For more information about how I may help your personal development or other parts of yourWeb of Life, contact me for a free exploration session at firstname.lastname@example.org.