How To Approach Self-Development

Getting through the young adult years is not always easy. These years allow you to solidify your identity and pin-point life goals. It can become overwhelming when you haven’t yet discovered who you are and what you want to do. Instead of remaining lost or paralyzed with fear, we’ve identified three steps to help you create a plan to as you begin your own self-development journey.

What Is Self-Development?

If you look up “develop” in the dictionary, you’ll find numerous definitions, but they all have a common theme. The theme is growth or expansion through time and effort. Personal development takes active work; it’s not a passive skill you can expect to build on its own. It also doesn’t happen all at once, but rather in stages that require examination and patience. The journey and progress are just as important as the destination.

Self-development focuses on discovering, obtaining, and refining skills and qualities that will help you become the person you want to be and create the life you want to live. Self-development encompasses every area of your life; professionally, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.

How To Pursue Self-Development

Now that you understand the impact self-development has on your life, you can create a simple plan to excel personally. Remember, it will take longer than just one month, so don’t expect to be done after a few weeks pass. Use this time to start the process and set up a system you can continue building on for the long-term.

The first step is to have a vision of your goal. Ask yourself the following three questions:

  1. What kind of adult would you like to transition to?
  2. Which traits would you like to acquire or strengthen?
  3. Who do you know that is an example of a healthy, productive person?

Improvement requires a lot of self-awareness, and this may be a skill you have yet to attain. Begin with simple mindfulness exercises that will teach you how to recognize, label, accept, and respond to your thoughts and feelings.

Next, determine other skills and qualities necessary to achieving self-development. These may include:

  • Time management
  • Goal setting
  • Organization
  • Curiosity
  • Humility
  • Persistence

Focus on the areas you’re weakest in. For example, maybe you need to create a daily schedule to keep you on track to fulfilling responsibilities and keeping commitments. Set aside time every day to work on self-development, too. Consider using your time to focus on meditation, exercise, rest, therapy, or education. Journaling is another useful tool and a way to physically track your progress.

When you’re ready, choose one section of your life to improve in. Use the devices you’ve learned to grow in that area. Maybe you need to find employment, which requires the goal setting and persistence you’ve been practicing daily.