Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Guest Post: Personal Development by Sandy Durtschi

Personal Development

I wanted to thank Sheena and Keisha for giving me the opportunity to be a guest blogger.  My name is Sandy Durtschi and I am a wife and mom of two girls and a forever learner.  I even did the StrengthsQuest workshop and the survey verified that one of my strengths is being a learner which ultimately means I have a lot of hobbies/interests.  In a nutshell some of my interests are reading, outdoor activities, health/exercise and alternative medicine. 

The topic I am going to write about today is personal development.  I am a part-time health/fitness coach and last year I attended a conference and John C. Maxwell was the keynote speaker and actually the highlight of my trip.  John C. Maxwell is an America author, speaker and pastor and has written more than 60 books.  His presentation was taken from his book "The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth."

Here is a short summary of what I learned and how I have incorporated some of his principles into my life. 

Our physical bodies automatically grow and we become taller and stronger as time passes.  A misconception is we will automatically grow mentally, spiritually and emotionally in the same manner.  Personal development just doesn't happen.  It requires effort but there are many factors that hold us back:

lack of knowledge
fear of making mistakes
lack of motivation
low self-esteem
giving up when things aren't easy

What are you doing to develop yourself?  Many people don't have an answer to that which is common.  Ask yourself what are your dreams, goals and aspirations in life?  This is a great way to find direction.  There are a lot of areas of personal growth and here is a short list of ideas: procrastination, attitude, positive outlook, leadership, introvert, fear of failure

It can be really overwhelming in the beginning but don't let that fear stop you from taking the plunge.  Sometimes the hardest step is just starting.  One thing I learned from John is no one, let me repeat no one is perfect at anything on their first attempt.  Mistakes are expected so don't be so hard on yourself.

While I was building my business, clients were not throwing themselves at me but one thing I could control was my personal development.  I kept reading and the more I read the more confident I felt and believe it or not people can feel that confidence.  My efforts to grow myself did not go unrewarded because I noticed that my relationships, communications and output at my professional job and personal relationship were being positively influenced and that is why I am such a big proponent of personal development.  Anyone and everyone can benefit from their efforts in personal development. 

Time is that elusive currency that no one has enough of.  When I was developing my business I worked a full-time job and I came home everyday with mouths to feed and a home to manage so I understand what it is like to be busy.  Time doesn't magically appear for the things that are important to us but we have to make/carve out time for them.  Here are some ways I was able to incorporate personal development into my life:

- Listening to an audio book during a commute.  15 minutes to and 15 minutes from your destination can be really inspiring and educational. 
- Listening to audio when doing household chores like dishes, folding laundry, dusting can now have double the benefits.
- Set up a timer for 10-15 minutes and read.  Everyone has 15 minutes and it doesn't seem like much but day in and day out those small efforts add up quickly.
- Partner up with others who are reading the same book to build motivation and keep you accountable.

As John C. Maxwell says "Motivation gets you going.  Consistency keep you growing."


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