My personal development journey started around 2008 when I got involved with network marketing or multi level marketing business here in Singapore. (I started this blog around May 2009) This was further reinforced when I was exposed to Jim Rohn's philosophies. From then on, I have lived by his philosophy on "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job." This changed my perspective in life as day by day, I got excited in developing my skills in communication and building relationships. I was a voracious reader of books and a student of life and people. Another related philosophy by Jim Rohn, "Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." I believe this is true and that's why I was committed to a never ending personal development.
Here are some benefits that I have experienced:
- Direction – Before I just let the days passed by, but now I make sure to learn from the day. I've learned how to set goals and priorities in life to distinguish minor and major activities. It helped my personal responsibility to take charge of myself instead of engaging in petty discussion about whining, blaming, and excuses.
- Self-esteem – I've learned to love myself and feel good about myself. Itave me a sense of confidence to achieve things that I set my mind to. This is where I learned to shape my values, beliefs and philosophies.
- Association – it helped me connect to like minded positive people. The law of attraction really works as I was able to meet highly successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, best selling authors, and life coaches both offline and online. My attitude is greatly shaped from the influence and association of people with high values. Get around people who have something of value to share with you.
- Relationship – Aside from a better relationship with myself, my relationship with my family and friends dramatically improved. I've been always consistent to say "I love you" to my wife and my son. You see, if I improved myself ten times, imagined how much will it affect my family and friends. It was so inspiring to hear from friends that I was able to help them with their lives. I tend to listen and be more interested than talking a lot.
- Discipline – I must say that this word bridges the gap between goals and accomplishment. A good example is a practice of a healthy lifestyle. I developed a conscious thought about the food that I eat, or a regular jog around the block, or an aerobic exercise in my room.
- Spiritual – Most of the personal development or motivational experts that I listened or read to, have a strong faith in God. They even used the bible in their teachings. What more, joining a religious community even increased my faith further.
- Integrity – I am still a learner in this field yet it is the most important of all values. Trust is based on integrity and being able to keep my word is a precious value. It holds all relations together. Being open about one's life leads to a trust based relationship.
I believe everyone should learn and practice personal development, our world will be of less chaos.