Intentional Personal Development occurs as a function of Perspective, Intention and Effort. This may seem obvious, but it is not always so easy to live.
A useful perspective for enhancing Personal Improvement efforts is to recognize, acknowledge and live by the truths that actions have consequences (including non-actions e.g., procrastination).
that different actions lead to different outcomes – some actions lead toward health, success and fulfillment while others lead toward an unhappy, early demise.
Since everything is always changing, it is always possible, at any moment, to start again, to re-enter ones life from a better perspective, with renewed commitment, and to make progress toward our goals.
Because, at our most essential level of Self, what we are is not limited by past conditioning, but is at essence, pure unmanifest potential waiting to blossom forth into life, we have at our disposal an often untapped source of intelligent constructive energy.
This is a useful (and obvious) perspective from which to enter one’s life.
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The notion of Intentional Personal Growth requires that we intend at least four things at a general level. We must consciously intend:
1) to stop doing what isn’t working, to drop old habits and patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving that are dragging us down or taking us nowhere that we want to end up
2) to not accept or acquire any new dysfunctional or self-defeating habits or patterns that lead in undesirable directions
3) to build upon what we are already doing that is working, that is moving us toward our goals, that is aligned with our personal mission and purpose in life, and…
4) to adopt new habits and patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that accelerate our progress toward the achievement of our fullest potential
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In order to realize our fullest potential in life, it takes effort. We need to accept and live by principle that we must make the effort, do the work, take action, develop healthy habits, be more consistent, stop ourselves from venturing off the path, put in the hours, and continually reach for our highest potential by living/acting/performing in accordance with our highest intentions and aspirations.
Obvious, but not always easy.
Easy or not, it’s our best shot at success and fulfillment.