The Power Of Personal Development!

Personal Development is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals to realize and maximize their potential.

Who am I?

Where am I going?

What do I want?

Am I making a difference?

What do I stand for?

What am I feeling?

What am I accepting?

What am I resisting?

How do I feel?

These are just a few questions one may ask oneself when starting the development process. It's all about asking those hard-hitting questions and being brutally honest, with self, when answering. What am I suffering from? How has my childhood played a part in who I am now as an adult? What can I approve on within my professional life?

Personal Development is something that was forced upon me, forced meaning, there came  a time in my life where I had to sit an ask myself, "what does this life of mine look like?" There was nothing and no one around asking me who I wanted to be when I grew up, a map with the steps to take, no outline to follow, no guidance what-so-ever. Yet, I knew something had to be done. Moving out and on my own, I learned that it is totally up to me, as a man, to keep myself inspired, and motivated, even when I don't have the energy to do so. At times, I feel I lose my way, considering I am all I have to push me forward. So, on bad days, when I need to hear "It will be okay." I watch a ton of interviews or just listen to music. Recently, I started recording myself on my phone to get things off my chest and vent a little, and of course, I journal. I also whisper to myself, from time-to-time letting myself know that everything will be okay and to keep moving. No matter what!

One of the many ways I keep myself focused and inspired is with the help of books. One book, in particular, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle is what started my fascination with reading and reading to inspire. A New Earth helped me realized that none of this, this thing we call life, is real and none of this should be taken too serisouly. None of this really exist. I was able to understand that I am while also realizing I am nothing, both at the same time (once I learned this, I understood why Beyonce titled her album I am. . . . Sasha Fierce.)

Further, from chapters like "The Illusory self," "The Lost Ring," "The Illusion of Ownership," and "Letting Go of Self-Definition." It's been through A New Earth that I discovered the power of personal development.  Choosing to make conscious decisions about my now, and my future and holding myself personally accountable as to what I want to see, from me and those around me. 

Personal Development, happens through several things. From movies, books, music, articles, interviews from those I follow on social media, and through my own writing. Every day I make an effort and decisions that will help manifest the life I ultimately want to live, a life, in a way, that feels organic and natural.

 

To answer my follower’s question.

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My spiritual practice takes place the moment my 4:00 AM alarm goes off. The moment I wake up; "Am I feeling okay?," I ask myself, "Do I need 10 more minutes of rest?" lol "Are my thoughts collected?" "How's my body?" And from here the practice continues.

Meditation follows before, after, and during my gym session. You see, while mediation is an act of sitting in silence and being still. It too is focusing on your breath and your body, and feeling yourself, from the outside, in; which all takes place while working out. Concentrating on my breathing, making sure my mind is clear of distractions, perfect formation, breathing in my nose and out my mouth. Sounds like meditation to me, no?

Next up is reading actual material, more-so, while in the gym listening to it. My playlist is always filled with inspirational voices that help get me through—and sometimes overcome some of the more personal battles I am having with myself, in my head. Reminding me that you can always better your best, you can always go beyond anything that you have ever done. It just does something to me when I hear this:

"Your WHY is going to push you when you can't push yourself. When you want to quit and give up, your WHY is going to give you that edge you need. That advantage you need, that-that lift that you need to get to the next level, your WHY! Yes we're tired, yes we're hungry, yes the mind is saying give up. Yes, it's saying quit. But we cannot quit, because we realized we have not reached our goal yet. This is not what I said I was going to do, this is not what I talked about. This is not the goal, this is not what it looks like."

This is said by Eric Thomas, one of my favorite speakers "Hard Times." It's my favorite one, and I listen to it almost every day!

Where have you been?

Why are you here?

And where are you going?

Further, even my commute to my full-time job. It's about an hour, to and from work and I use that time to read whatever book I am reading at the moment. I desperately search for things, and ways to keep me uplifted throughout my day. This is why a healthy social media timeline is so important to me.

Lastly, Personal development is understanding that who you are is already in you. You do not have to look far, you simply need to get to know.

I AM INSPIRED AS I WRITE THIS!

—WARD

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