Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! – Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss is probably my all time favourite story teller. The simple messages he delivers provide an opportunity to reflect inwardly on what it means to be you.
You’ve probably heard the terms self-development, self-care, or self-love and perhaps you believe or don’t believe in those concepts. That’s ok. Over the past couple of months, I’ve researched, read books and taken time to reflect on my own personal development and the person I know I am.
The world is changing. We’re in a period of information disruption and it’s easy to get caught up or lost in the negativity that comes with being so connected through our devices. Sometimes we forget our greatest asset is ourselves and what we have to offer.
We’re wired to be social, we’re wired for connection, and we’re wired to give back, so are we putting forth our best selves? Why don’t we treat ourselves with the same importance as others? In order for things to change in your life or at work, in order for you to be where you want to be in your career or to grow into the person you know you can be, you have to be ready for that change. Self development or personal development helps you get ready.
Self-confidence is your starting point. Do you believe in yourself and in your goals and dreams? Are you the best version of yourself right now? If not, why not? Are you constantly looking at what you can improve upon? Do you have the awareness to know what needs to be done?
Start simple and start now. Learn from other people by asking them what you’re best at and where you can make improvements. Make a list you can work on and knock items off one by one.
Embrace change. There is no escape from change so develop a personal change plan and stick to it. Be accountable. You are responsible for your own progress. If you don’t bother, no one else will.
Be grateful, be intentional and recognize your worth. Align your goals and your intentions. Challenge yourself by making your goals a little bit out of reach so that you’re always striving for your best self. Life works in cycles and moves to a rhythm. You will have ups and downs and benefits may take some time to come, so don’t give up, stay the course.
Personal growth is a lifelong process. It’s an investment you make in yourself. No one else can become you-er than you.