I have been a personal growth enthusiast for many, many years (OK, I’m not that old!)… but with all the personal development material that I have gone through, I have not benefited as much as I had expected to benefit.
I would experience a change for a number of days, then I would revert back to my old ways, and would soon forget what I had read. And to recover, I would read even more, only to forget it even sooner.
I began to acquire more and more resources, which only made me feel overwhelmed by the amount of material I had to go through, and it did not impact my life in a noticeably positive way. In fact, I was lagging behind many people who couldn’t care less about personal development. They were getting things done in their lives while I was reading up on how to get things done, and made plans to get things done, but didn’t get anything done.
Was it because there was something wrong with me? Or is personal development an illusion people use to feel more hopeful?
I realised that the problem wasn’t with me, or with personal development, as a subject. It was to do with the approach I was taking. I didn’t clarify what it was that I wanted out of personal development, and how I planned on enhancing every area of my life. Once I put everything in perspective my worldview became clearer, and I started getting better results in all areas of my life.
This is the essence of the Personal Growth Map: it takes into account all areas of our lives, so that we don’t feel guilty for neglecting what is important to us.