“Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life.” – Deborah Day
We talk about Self awareness and self-development all the time. Every book on growth and mindset talks about self-development. Self- Development is a conscious process of improving oneself in various aspects of life. The ultimate goal of self-development is to attain your full potential and live a fulfilled, happy life.
Key components of self-development are:
- Introspection : It is examination of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings. In psychology, the process of introspection relies on the observation of one’s mental state, while in a spiritual context it may refer to the examination of one’s soul.
- Self-Discipline: Discipline is a key characteristics in Human breed. Among all the living organisms on our planet, only human are capable of Self Discipline. Self Discipline has 3 key points; Self Control, Persistence, and consistency. Every goal requires a deadline for the goal to be accomplished. Discipline helps you reach your deadline without losing focus. For example: You have a presentation tomorrow and its a last minute plan. If you would have self discipline you would rather focus on your deadline for the presentation instead of binge watching Netflix.
- Self-Knowledge : Self Knowledge is like quest. The day you do the quest of Self you will find answer to a lot of your questions. Self-knowledge is a term used in psychology to describe the information that an individual draws upon when finding an answer to the question “What am I like?”. While seeking to develop the answer to this question, self-knowledge requires ongoing self-awareness and self-consciousness.
- Physical Activity : Did you know when you exercise your body “Endorphins”? Endorphins are a group of peptides that are produced by your pituitary gland and central nervous system and that act on the opiate receptors in your brain. These neurotransmitters (also sometimes thought of as hormones) act to increase feelings of pleasure and well-being and also to reduce pain and discomfort.
- Meditation : There are scientific evidence showing how effective meditation is. Meditation helps lowers blood pressure, improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves. Various studies demonstrate the practice can help relieve stress — as well as manage anxiety, reduce inflammation, improves memory and attention.
- Volunteer work : “When you help others you help yourself”. How? Volunteer work helps you combat depression, reduces stress and provides sense of purpose. It also helps you look at the bigger picture of life and how fortunate you are. So it’s a win-win for everyone.
- Travel : “Travel to broaden your mind and horizon”. When you travel you realise how diverse the world is and yet we manage to live together. Traveling is not only a stress buster or your battery recharger it also teaches us different ways to live our lives. The way we live, eat, think and believe is not the only way to live the life. There are zillion other ways you just have to find the way that works the best for you.
“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”– Abraham Maslow