Personal development is a phrase that’s thrown around a lot, but what exactly is it all about? Personal development activities enable you to build on your abilities and reach your full potential. Undoubtedly, when we strive to develop ourselves to the best of our ability, we can better realise our aspirations and dreams.

Here are seven tips to help you out when it comes to personal development.

1. Visualise what you want  

One of the key ways to develop and grow is to have a clear vision of what you want your life to look like. Journaling, visualising, and chatting with inspiring people can really help you to gain clarity on your dreams and goals. As such, many people opt to work with a life coach to help them better understand what they want out of life. A clearer vision will naturally lead to better success.

2. Practice resilience and see setbacks as lessons 

Life can be tough, and you will naturally experience setbacks, however, with resilience, you can overcome these and better tune your vision and goals. We can choose to see hurdles and obstacles as life lessons, and when we work through these, we glean greater wisdom and insight. Consequently, this knowledge can be utilised to enhance personal development and achieve our greatest goals. 

3. Don’t compare yourself to others, only yourself 

Novelist Mark Twain once said, “comparison is the death of joy.” Unsurprisingly, comparing ourselves to others, can really hinder personal growth and leave us feeling deflated and unsure of ourselves. Alternatively, we can compare ourselves to who we were yesterday in order to reach our goals and celebrate our victories, rather than to other people who have different lived experiences and objectives. By focusing on our own journey, we can avoid toxic comparisons and truly reach our potential. 

4. Learn from other people

Knowledge is power, and no conversation is ever wasted. By learning new perspectives, engaging in conversations with different people, and reading an array of books on diverse topics, you will gain newfound views and insights. This will enhance your worldview and aid in personal development. 

5. Always follow your passions 

When you follow your passions, the work you do and the life you live will be intentional. In turn, this will enable you to reach your goals and inspire others. As Steve Jobs once said; 

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”

6. Practice accountability 

We are all responsible for our progress in life, and practising accountability allows us to take responsibility for our actions. By setting goals and sticking to them, we’re bound to achieve our goals. 

7. Celebrate your success 

Part of personal development is about celebrating your victories and successes. Know your worth and acknowledge every single achievement. This is bound to keep you motivated and in turn, will ensure that you reach your goals. 


Personal development takes energy and work; however, the rewards far outweigh the energy invested. These tips can help you to envision the life you want to lead and can go a long way in helping you to achieve your dreams. 

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