RIGHT! That’s it!
… here’s what I think about all this ‘Personal development malarky’
This picture? It’s me 10 years ago… but before we talk about me, let’s talk about you.
Warren Buffet, one of the richest men on the planet, famous for making the best investments of all time, was once asked, “what is the best investment you can make?
He replied, “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”
If you look at highly successful people, they all possess the ability to find time to work on themselves, whether it’s reading, courses, self-reflection, or hiring a coach.
They realise that if they want the external things in their life to develop, they need to grow to facilitate these changes.
The reality is:
A: Personal development is a powerful process that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be.
B: A Coach is someone who will ensure you get there.
Many people are stopped from taking advantage of this, because personal development kind of has a bit of a stigma attached to it.
A lot of people seem to think it’s embarrassing and only for people that are going through a mid-life crisis or a nervous breakdown…
I must admit, I actually thought that too.
But I’m here to tell you that, that is a load of rubbish.
Personal Development and Coaching will change your life.
The great thing about personal development, is once you realise its value, and see the results for yourself?
You’ll want to learn more…
… and seek an even deeper understanding of yourself.
Personal development is different for everyone.
There are so many things you can work on and it’s a progressive process of understanding and developing yourself.
I could talk all day about the value of personal development, but let me just highlight some key points.
– It helps you get to know who you really are – your values, passion, and purpose in life.
– It gives you a sense of direction, saving you a lot of time wasted on drifting from one thing to the other.
– It teaches you to prioritise things and focus on what is important to you.
– It motivates you to take the necessary actions to achieve your goals.
– It makes you resilient and confident even during tough times.
– It helps you deal with every relationship you have in life, investing in those that positively impact you and cutting the ones out that drag you down.
As I explained before, Personal Development is a powerful process that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be.
But, it’s a Coach’s responsibility to ensure you get there.
The problem is, a lot of people know what they need to do, but they don’t do what they know.
How many times have tried to move forward with a goal, felt motivated, moved forward a bit, only to lose motivation and end up back at square one wondering where it all went wrong?
Just as athletes need somebody to push them to do their best, a coach also plays a vital role in making you succeed in your goals.
Believe me, I once questioned my own need to have a coach. It’s part of the acceptance process. If you are familiar with the stages of grief, it’s the same stages when you think about accepting help.
Denial: First, you go like “Nah, I don’t need a coach. I am absolutely fine, I’m alright on my own.”
Anger: The next thing you know, you’re blaming everyone and everything for why your life isn’t the way you like. Why is life so unfair, why do I have such bad luck! Sound familiar?
Bargaining: Then you start to play with the idea, maybe I can’t do this alone, I wonder if there is any help out there. Maybe you’ll have a cheeky search on google, maybe you’ll drop it in a conversation with a friend.
Depression: Realising this, you may then feel depressed that you have come in this stage of your life where you can no longer succeed on your own – “What could I have done wrong to deserve this?” I didn’t think life was going to be this hard.
Acceptance: Then you gather your senses together and finally accept the fact, “Yes, I do need help”.
And let me tell you something, there is NOTHING wrong with a bit of help from time to time. You will help people in your life, people will help you and that’s how the world goes around.
Hiring a coach is not your last resort.
While many others view coaches like me as a life-saver, this isn’t actually the case.
You don’t need to wait long enough until you drown in your own mess to hire a coach.
There are many instances in life where having one can help you unleash your full potential.
Basically, you don’t have to hit rock bottom like I did, to work your way up.
If your life is a 7/10 now, and things are ‘alright’, imagine your life at 10/10 and things are ‘amazing’.
Coaching is a life-changing service.
With the right coach, possibilities are endless, there are no limits, and you become unstoppable!
Things for me are far different from the warped perspective I held before about personal development.
To this day, I have my own Coaches and I’m constantly striving to learn more about myself and become the absolute best person I can be.
In doing that, everything else seems to fall into place around me quite nicely.
I can’t describe to you the sense of satisfaction I get from seeing my life progress in this way and the fulfilment I get from being able to help other people.
I’ve come along way from the scared and angry kid you see in the picture, and that’s all down to working on myself and getting the right support.
A: Personal development
So if you’re looking for something that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be?
I suggest you try a taste of personal development and see what you think.
… and if you’re looking for someone to ensure you get there, I suggest you consider coaching.
Remember, one thing; this is your life we are talking about here.
It’s worth trying anything that will allow you to make ‘life’ exactly how you want it to be…
Not settling for how you feel, or what you have.
There is more out there for you…
and there is more of you to show the world…
…but are YOU ready to find it?