(By Rene Skaflestad)
“This comes back to personal development. Personally, I believe that the day you stop improving yourself is the day you lose. Whether it is improving your social or physical skills, the point is that you have to try to find your areas of weakness and improve upon these areas.“
Personal development builds character and you want character, don’t you? A very common sentence nowadays goes like this.. “You are not good at this, this, this and this.. You definitely have lots of room for improvement!” If you are in a relationship I am sure you know what I am talking about. However, is this nagging really that bad? Actually, I would say that it is rather the opposite. As an individual you have your pride, and when someone outlines your areas of weakness it is easy to become defensive. However, next time when somebody tells you that you should improve on something, instead of becoming hostile and irritated you should try to sit down and improve in this area. For instance, if a friend says that you are terrible at keeping contact, chances are that he is not the only one who feels this way. As a matter of fact, by telling you he has helped you with identifying an area where you can improve.
This comes back to personal development. Personally, I believe that the day you stop improving yourself is the day you lose. Whether it is improving your social or physical skills, the point is that you have to try to find your areas of weakness and improve upon these areas. I believe that an athlete is a great example of an individual where personal development is deeply embedded into ones character. If an athlete wants to excel, wants to become a champion, the athlete has to focus on his weaknesses. The true champions are the ones who can leverage their strengths and improve their weaknesses. This is not only relevant to athletes, but also to every aspect of your life. If you want to become good at something you have to endure some sort of pain in order to get there. Whether that is losing weight or learning a new language. Point is, by constantly focusing on personal development you will build character. I am not saying that you should run off to Africa to learn Swahili, but make sure that you find areas where you can improve yourself. By doing so you will be be able to fulfill your potential. Why should you not be the best you can be?
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