What Personal Development Mistakes Are We Making?

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What Personal Development Mistakes Are We Making?

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What Personal Development Mistakes Are We Making?

As is my custom, Friends Of Freedom, I was sitting with my morning beverage today going through my morning pre-game ritual, as outlined in the post Exercise – Envision – Read – Meditate – Pray – Empower .

(Yes, I do consider every day to be a present in the game of life)

I was thinking about what messages I have received that would benefit the communities of action that I am a part of.

I had been sharing mind together with Paul Hutchings, Mahara Tucker, Phil McGarvey, Wallace Wattles and the rest of the “We Are Think And Grow Rich” Internet group –

We had begun our study of Wattles’ work “Promote Yourself” and the topic of the importance of personal development to anyone’s plan for success

After all, no less than the great Jim Rohn observed

“Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.”

No lesser authority than the Dalhai Lama states

“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.”

I was thinking about the advice given by the great Zig Ziglar in his book “See You at The Top”  where he spends all of Chapter 6 providing “Fifteen Steps To A Healthy Self-Image” and notes that

“Once you accept yourself, it will no longer be a matter of life or death for others to accept you … they will be accepting the real you and the real you is much nicer than the phony conformist who tries so hard to become somebody he isn’t”

But then, as I was researching the topic for you I came across an article in dumblittleman.comentitled

Do You Make These 8 Personal Development Mistakes?

and I got to thinking.

One of the most profound pieces of advice given to me early in my coaching career was the observation that “it isn’t practice that makes perfect, it’s perfect practice” .  Following that logic, if we are to have a better personal development plan, wouldn’t  it be best to  learn from the “mistakes” of others – so I checked it out and found so much value it would immoral of me not to share…

As we execute on our own personal development plan ‘mistakes’ might we be un-wittingly guilty of?

What questions could we be asking about OUR plan? Are any of these rearing their heads?

#1: Are You Fixing Your Weaknesses? 

For this he recommends that we focus the majority of our personal development efforts on our top 20% of skills, strengths, and talents. For the rest of the 80% do what we can to avoid them, delegate them to someone else, or create a system to avoid doing them. If a weakness is preventing us from hitting our goals, then get just good enough so that we can continue to focus on becoming an expert at we’re good at.

#2: Do You Want to Become “Better”?

For this he asks “…What does ‘better’ mean?” Change “better” to something specific like “know how to build a website so I can share my advice.” That’s how personal development actually happens in the real world.

#3: Are You Learning Awesome Theories?

Remember  theories are also like crack or girl scout cookies – they’re addictive. It’s helpful to remember this simple concept – “everything that’s not stupid works.” It’s better to just find a path that’s not stupid and stick to it. (You can always improve it later). Learning theories isn’t personal development. Implementing them is.

#4: Have You Never Had a Major Failure?

Name one successful person who’s never failed. The strange paradox is that you cannot learn much from successes, but the bigger the failure the more you learn. The only possible way to avoid failing is to not try in the first place.

Work hard for those failures, because that’s the best way possible for you to grow.

#5: Are You Crazy Busy?

Who has time to work on themselves?

Yep, it’s tough.

It’s really got to be a matter of priority. How much of a priority is it that you improve yourself, your skills, and your life?

There are two solutions:

First, you can schedule time for whatever kind of personal development you want to focus on. Then you guard that time with your life.

Second, if you can’t do that for whatever reason, you need to find ways to incorporate your improvement in other activities you have to do anyway.

Truth be told, you should probably find a way to do both.

#6: Did You Choose The Newest and Shiniest Version?

It’s easier to think that the newest thing out there is the best. The newest strategy, technique, tactic, idea, book, etc. …

Remember, most personal development is about subjects that are timeless – the mind, the body, the spirit, selling, finances, communication, friendship, love, etc.

Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be.

#7: Is Your Personal Development for Personal Development’s Sake?

If “personal development” doesn’t have a result, then it doesn’t count. <– <–

By “result” I mean a tangible, objective, other-people-can-see-change kind of result. That means you have to get something from your improvement efforts.

For example,  More Money, More Confidence, More Influence.

If you’re not seeing those things, maybe your personal development path isn’t quite on track. 

#8: Do You Love to Read?

Loving to read is great, but dangerous.

With your personal development, spend maximum 25% of your time reading, learning, and researching. The other 75% (or more) should be spent taking action.

Mostly we already know, inside ourselves, what to do.

Wanna be fit? Start with jogging before work and stop eating fast food. Wanna make friends? Start by joining a club or organization. Wanna be productive? Close your email.

So again, maximum 25% reading and minimum 75% doing.

But don’t just take it from me. Click Below to read the full article

 Do You Make These 8 Personal Development Mistakes?



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Published: January 21, 2015, 17:04 | 2 Comments on What Personal Development Mistakes Are We Making?
Category: Mind Freedom, Real People Helping Real People

2 responses to “What Personal Development Mistakes Are We Making?”

  1. Loved the last point…

    I am a voracious reader….

    Some of my favorite books – Awaken the Giant Within, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and Learning Circles

    Great post Peter!

    Dr. Lisa

    • freedomwithpeter says:

      Hey, Lisa, thanks for stopping by again. One of my favorite triads goes “Leaders Read, The Successful Study, The Practitioners Profit”. YOU seem to living proof of its wisdom. I love the title “Awaken The Giant Within” as it conjors up such a fantastic mental image – please share the author if you have time – though I know I can also Google it! “Learning Circles” is also one I was unaware of that I will be checking out – figuratively and literally. That goes well with “The Ripple Effect” image we use in the “Timeless Wisdom In Action” Mastrerminding group – as well as the Social Media concept of Google+ circles. You continue to be a shining lights, and I am grateful to be in a circle to be influenced by your actions. TY, TY, TY, PRP

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