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The Seven Senses of Self-Development

Making a commitment to your own development is the first step on the path to living your personal legend. As you increase of your sense of self you increase your overall success in life.
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The most fulfilling path to success and personal fulfillment comes through the pursuit of your own self-development. The radically happy and successful immerse themselves in self-development. They have a deep and vested interest in life and relationships. Through self-exploration they remain openly curious and passionate about their self-education and improvement. They hold the belief they can only learn if they are willing to risk themselves personally and professionally.

It is through life's experiences, good and bad, you become able and ready to be proactive in all your efforts, challenges and successes. You no longer choose to wait for success or happiness, you go out and make them happen. Making a commitment to your own development is the first step on the path to living your personal legend. As you increase of your sense of self you increase your overall success in life.

1. Sense of self.

Self-improvement begins with a keen awareness of who you are, your values, beliefs and the larger purpose you wish to pursue. True satisfaction can only manifest from chasing your own dreams. Life, people and business can be hard and insensitive, so remind yourself you are more than the sum total of other people's opinions and continue pursuing what is meaningful to you.

The experiences you have in life can only have true meaning when you seek to understand them. To become a pristine student of life always remain teachable-ready. Examine how each experience life brings can be used for greater self-knowledge and better decision making going forward. As you gain a more solid sense of who you are you become ready to start planning, designing and pursuing your own identified goals and objectives.

2. Sense of curiosity.

To live successfully, be endlessly curious about all the possibilities your future holds. It is important to have an unquenchable thirst for your advancement and for adventure. Curiosity inspires you to push through the unusually painful trials in life, business and relationships leading you through uncertainty. It is through these times you become a deeper, stronger person. This type of resiliency is an acquired self-discipline. It teaches you to cast fears aside, bringing you into the fullest experiences life can bring.

Curiosity creates a longing to know more, do more and be more. It inspires that energy which makes it possible to see all situations as opportunities for advancement. When you approach life, relationships and business with a sense of adventure, there is no situation, however limiting, physically, emotionally or economically, which cannot be filled to the brim with the interest and curiosity for how it will all work out.

Without a sense of curiosity it is impossible to grow.

3. Sense of direction.

The more you develop yourself the better you become in achieving what you want. This clarity makes decision-making easier because having a direction improves your ability to prioritize. You know which objectives are important in the short term and which are necessary for your long term. With a sense of direction you become focused and effective.

There is nothing more organizing to an effort than being clear. Direction provides the clarity necessary for movement forward. It is difficult to commit to something which has no foreseeable future or path. If you are filled with doubt and a lack of certainty there is no way to launch your ideas. Self-development gives you direction, and thereby, the commitment to achieve your ends.

4. Sense of follow through.

Knowing what you want to achieve makes it easier for you to see the benefits of taking action. Even when the tasks at hand are not enjoyable, seeing the benefit of following through on them will make it easier to motivate yourself to take the necessary actions to achieve your set goals. There is much truth in the saying, when there is a will there is a way.

When you are committed to personal development, you always find a way to manifest the necessary will. Your idea of success and the vision of what that will look like is where you grab the incentive to always follow through.

5. Sense of urgency.

A sense of urgency drives inspiration. Urgency creates the mindset to work as if your life depends upon it, especially if you have fewer resources than others. When you are the underdog you will dig deep inside yourself for the advances you need in order to thrive.

Urgency causes you to activate quickly when making decisions. It forces your out of routine and into doing something different. It motivates you to get results quickly and efficiently, but it does not eliminate assessment. If want to produce results faster you must assess what is and what is not working, and eliminate the efforts which have been identified as wasteful.

Keep in mind it is easier to steer a moving ship, so if you realize you have made a poor decision, a sense of urgency allows you to adjust. If you wait too long you miss opportunities and chances.

6. Sense of resiliency.

There will be tough times in life, love and business. When tough times occur you need the skills and attributes to deal effectively with them. Personal development cannot prevent all bad things from occurring but it helps you deal with obstacles as they surface. Resiliency teaches you never to view any challenge as the end of the world. Resilience allows you the patience, awareness and fortitude to continue moving forward, even if that means completely changing course.

Self-development deepens your maturity to trust that everything happens for reasons which can only be in line with your best interest. With this type of mindset, there is no obstacle that will hold you back. With resilience you have greater confidence, pliability, and the personal and interpersonal skills to cope with any obstacle you face in climb up the ladder of success.

7. Sense of connectedness.

Relationships can be double-edged swords. They either lift you up or drag you down. They either bring you closer to your goals or push you further away. When you improve your personal development, you are better able to see which relationships and partnerships are worth investing in and which you need cut loose. This type of self-awareness gives you the skills to make the best of the relationships which have a positive impact on your life, your business and your overall success.

Make the commitment to invest in your greatest resource -- You. If you aren't learning then you aren't living. Many people are put off by personal development because it is viewed as a weakness or something which shows you do not already possess the skills necessary for success. If you assume you already it all you will not be happy or successful. The greatest achievers in life, love and business know the key to success in inherent in their ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations. That ability comes through personal development.

Sherapy Advice: When you put effort in to developing yourself, the rewards are unfathomable.