Why is personal development important? A healthy mindset and the benefits of personal development are key to fulfilment. Here’s why personal growth is so valuable, and how to implement it to improve your life with five simple steps.

Why is Personal Development Important?

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Why is personal development important? Well, it might make you a better person. And while that’s a worthy by-product of personal growth or self-improvement, there’s another very significant reason for making time for it.

The true value of actively engaging in personal growth is that it can positively influence your mindset, and ultimately lead to a fulfilling and meaningful life.

The benefits of personal development and a healthy mindset cannot be underestimated: feeling happier and more positive, with generally improved wellbeing.

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But right off the bat, let’s qualify that simple does not equal easy. The steps laid out in this article are not complicated to follow, but neither are they easy to implement/accomplish. 

They’re worth it though.

What is Personal Development?

Personal development involves the process of moving from an unhealthy mindset to a healthier one, but it may also include other forms of self improvement too, such as:

  • Learning new and/or developing skills,
  • Goal setting,
  • Developing and demonstrating kindness, empathy, and compassion,
  • Practicing self-care.

Benefits of Personal Development

Working on self-improvement brings many benefits. Actively working towards becoming a better version of yourself increases confidence, self-esteem, and worthiness.

Positively contributing to society and experiencing a heightened sense of integrity brings feelings of value, peace and ultimately, fulfilment.

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Benefits of personal development include feeling more fulfilled.

What is a Healthy Mindset?

A healthy mindset is one which allows you room to grow and be happy, instead of keeping you stuck in cycles of negativity. By their very nature, we cannot control our thoughts and, therefore, we all have ones that logically we may disapprove of. 

It’s important to identify, process, and accept our thoughts and feelings – without judgement. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up for having uncharitable thoughts; they’re natural. The challenge is to acknowledge that they’re not healthy or beneficial, and let them go.

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One of the best ways to recognise when we’re doing this, and work through the reasons behind our negative thought processes so we can move forward is through practicing shadow work.

How to Attain a Healthy Mindset

This process is not necessarily easy to complete, but working through the steps will help you to achieve a healthier mindset and change your life for the better.

1. Give the Benefit of the Doubt

Judging – we all do it. It’s only with experience that we begin to appreciate the nuances of life, and that there’s often more to a situation than meets the eye. Instincts and first impressions are vital to our survival – but they’re not always accurate.

Be gracious – give people the benefit of the doubt until you’re given a reason not to.

2. Stop Complaining

This is a tricky one! But it’s also incredibly powerful. 

Try it for a day and I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how habitually you complain. Stop yourself each time you notice that urge, and see how your day improves.

3. Be Kind, and Mean It

When the #BeKind movement began, I was passionate about it. I’m a great believer in simply being good to those around you if you can afford to be – not just financially, but also in terms of your time and emotions.

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Sadly its message has been lost as the movement became a bandwagon for empty words and hollow intentions.

That doesn’t mean you can’t practice the authentic meaning behind the concept; social media posts optional.

4. Forgive

One of the most powerful ways you can improve your own wellbeing is by forgiving those who’ve hurt you in the past. This can be extremely difficult in some cases, but the opposite to forgiveness is bitterness, which is toxic and the antithesis of a healthy mindset.

Keep in mind that forgiving is not for the benefit of the person who hurt you, but for your own. They do not need to know about it, and it is not the same as clemency. Forgiveness simply means letting go of negative feelings which are harmful to a healthy mindset. 

These posts may help with how to forgive:

5. Let Go of Prejudices

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Prejudices are similar to judgements, except they’re formed with no basis beyond a specific set of ‘rules’, such as a person’s age, race, or gender. Merely growing up within a given culture sadly makes it inevitable that we all harbour unconscious biases. 

But, it’s within our power to challenge ourselves and those around us about prejudice. 

The most positive way to do this is by making peace with their existence, whilst consciously beginning to appraise and question our thoughts and feelings in these areas.

How to Maintain a Healthy Mindset

Journal

As I’ve spoken about many times, journaling is a great way to identify, clarify, and process thoughts and feelings. It can help with all of the above steps, by giving you a place to jot down ideas, triggers, and potential solutions.

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Ultimately it can help you to reframe your mindset, and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish.

Find out more about how journaling can help create a healthy and positive mindset:

Why not check out our wellbeing and positivity journal printables, available in the resources library:

Practice Self-Care

All of these steps come apart at the seams if you don’t look after yourself holistically. As well as caring for your emotional and mental wellbeing, it’s important to:

  • Have a balanced diet,
  • Carve out time to exercise,
  • Relax,
  • Connect with others,
  • Be creative.

It’s also a really great idea to block out time alone – and if you don’t enjoy your own company, find a way to get comfortable with it. It’s exhilarating – and necessary to work through all of these steps.

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And don’t fall into the trap of only meeting your basic needs and no more – while this is part of self-care, it’s certainly not the whole package. Why not take a look through this self care checklist to ensure you’re taking care of yourself properly, in each of the areas which contribute to overall wellbeing?

Better Yourself

We all have room for improvement, and having a clear and attainable goal provides positive focus. This may take the form of learning a new skill, charity work, or being more environmentally aware. 

By striving to be a better version of yourself, you create motivation, drive, and a sense of purpose.

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All of this is within your reach, you simply have to make the choice to start. One of my favourite quotes is:

The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life, is the moment you gain the power to change anything in your life.

Hal Elrod

An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is a huge advocate of personal growth, focusing on journaling to increase positivity and facilitate mindful motherhood. With a wealth of experience in breastfeeding and CMPA, Kate is also an expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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