Thursday, 28 June 2012

Personal Development Defined

Recently I was having a conversation with my family and my caring (read concerned!) mother, asked me what I was up to these days. When my response included 'personal development' she asked me for clarification and what I meant. I thought for a moment and realised this was indeed a good question, especially as personal development can and does cover so many areas.

I thought the best way to describe it (and the way I have understood personal development to be for the last 25 years or so) is from the great George Zalucki, and I quote:

"If you do not take responsibility for being alive,
if you do not take responsibility for developing the gifts that
you have, if you do not take responsibility for contributing
to the rest of humanity, in each of those areas to the degree
you don't take responsibility, to that degree you shall
trade off the quality of your life."

That for me encompasses everything we need to take on board as part of our dynamic personalities, if we are indeed to live our lives to the full. Everything else which makes up our unique personalities that we place under the heading of personal development, all relates to that statement; confidence, goal setting, living life at cause, responsibility, health, wealth, it's all there. In fact the list is endless. 

Anything that makes us think about whether we are doing our best at any given moment, not only for ourselves and our families, but for humanity also, is worth analysis and course adjustment where necessary. For the question I thank my mother, and for the enduring answer I thank Mr Zalucki. 


  1. For setting and getting goals, you may want to check out a goal setting app called GoalsOnTrack, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It's clear, focused, easy to navigate.

    1. Thanks Harry, this sounds interesting.
      I'll certainly check it out.
      Thank you, Richard

  2. This is great Richard and so important that we remind ourselves every day of this. Life is such a wonderful journey and if we have the benefit of being alive it is our responsibility to use our gifts. There are many that passed before their life could really begin. I love life!

  3. Thank you for your wise words Natasha! This is indeed true and I read this once as people passing with their music still in them. Don't let it happen!

  4. Richard,

    I truly believe we are asked these questions for a reason. The people that ask these sometimes simple questions. Are usually the ones that make us evaluate why we do what we do, and what is the (sometimes new) purpose behind it. Fantastic blog, please keep up the wonderful work! Also, check out my blog and let me know what you think.

  5. Thanks Bryant, I appreciate your kind words! I very much agree with what you say and we are indeed asked these questions for a reason. I believe it is to help us develop our gifts for the benefit of ourselves and humanity.

    I visited your blog and like your content. I will be adding my perspective on faith and commitment and suchlike in the near future, so please stay in touch as I value your input.

    All the best for now