Personal Development For Parents: Finding Your Mojo

by Donovan Grant on December 3, 2012

Personal Development For Parents: Finding Your Mojo

By Donovan Grant

 

Growing beyond ‘personal best’ is an area of life many adults struggle with. Sadly, many mums and dads give up on their own dreams and desires under the premise that once the kids grow up and leave home they’ll be able to get back on track. This rarely happens.

The truth is- If you put your wellbeing on hold until the time is right to develop it, it might just be too late. Personal development is something you need to do every day.’

The question you may well ask is “what is personal development anyway?”

Well if you think about people who go to the gym, some of them have personal trainers. These trainers are there to guide, motivate and support the gym goer to exercise regularly, lose some weight and get into top shape.

 

 

Well, personal development is much the same. The difference is that you are working on your whole self; mind, body and spirit.

It is of course, different for different people. Some people may want to develop confidence, some may wish to learn to play an instrument and some people may want to change their lifestyle. Everyone has their own reason; but the bottom line is that you want to increase your chance of becoming a better person.

Isn’t it wonderful that every day we have an opportunity to grow beyond who we were yesterday?

What part of your life would you want to raise your personal best?

I remember about five years ago I was laid off from my IT job right in the middle of a recession in the economy. That was the first time in my life; I had ever been out of a career. I faced two choices, become a victim or become a victor.

I took it on myself to enrol at college and gain some new skills in order to get back into the workforce. I also worked with a coach to help develop my presentation skills as well as boost my confidence.

The biggest learning point for me was that you’re never too old and you don’t have to wait for something to go wrong before you get started on your personal development.

I’m not sure what your thoughts are on personal development, but I do know that lack of self-development may cause you to underperform or even sell yourself short in many ways.

 

 

You may be someone who has been in the same job position for years waiting for a promotion and you get passed over every year for no real reason. Could it be that you are working at the same standard that you did last year? Or maybe you’ve been thinking of taking an evening class at college to start a new hobby, but you just haven’t got round to it yet?

My dear friend,

It’s tough when we give up on our dreams.

Speaking as a middle aged dad, let me remind you that you can do it!

 

Here are seven of my favourite personal development activities:

  1. Create a one year goal and some short term goals
  2. Read a personal development book (and do the exercises)
  3. Listen to/watch motivational programmes
  4. Get involved in a discussion group with similar interests
  5. Exercise regularly
  6. Keep your personal gratitude journal
  7. Become a volunteer in your community

Which one of these would you like to start doing?

If I may put my coach’s hat on for one minute, I would highly recommend that you identify one area of your life to improve. Then get started on making a difference in your life today!

Remember this- Don't bite off too much too soon, just take it one day at a time and keep going.

One thing that I can testify is that personal development will take you through some difficult times. And when we develop ourselves we become better parents, spouses, managers, teachers and the whole world seems a better place.

Personal development is not always easy, but when you get great results showing up at home, in business and in your personal life that’s when you know it’s worth it!

So, what are you going to do next?

Let’s start living the life of our dreams right now!

I believe in you.

Donovan

Have you tried personal development? What is your top PD tip that you can share with our readers? Leave a comment or query below because you could be the one that helps someone else to get past their current challenge.

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com


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