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JM’s Journal: 7 Tips for Personal Development

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7 Tips for Personal Development

How to Become a Better Version of Yourself

by J.M. Troppello

“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” – Epictetus

I love this quote from the Greek Stoic philosopher, Epictetus. I used to be a chronic reactor and didn’t handle conflicts or difficult circumstances in a mature way. Growing through self-improvement helped me to see that responding maturely is always better than reacting immaturely.

An interesting historical note about Epictetus is that he was “born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion.”

Even though Epictetus was born a slave, he was able to choose to become a mature responder rather than an immature reactor to life’s circumstances and the people that he interacted with.

If you would like to become a better version of yourself, consider implementing the following 7 tips for personal development.

1. Introspective Evaluation

Your self-improvement journey begins with taking an introspective evaluation of your life. Without honesty, you won’t be able to make positive and productive changes.

“Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way.” – Allan Rufus

Taking this introspective evaluation will provide you with the invaluable insight you need in order to become a better version of yourself.

2. Enhance Your Strengths

You have strengths that I don’t have. I have strengths that you don’t have. By completing that introspective evaluation, you can identify your strengths. Once you realize those important aspects of yourself, you can enhance them and utilize them to your advantage in a more proactive way.

3. Strengthen Your Weaknesses

It’s so crucial to identify your weaknesses as well. Don’t ignore them. Learn to embrace them and understand these limitations. For example, I am not good at public speaking. However, I took a class in college to help me improve my public speaking skills. I learned a lot in that class. Those tools have helped me through the years. When you know what your weaknesses are, you can find ways to strengthen them.

4. Cultivate a Positive Mindset

The way you think is powerful. If you continually focus on the negative things in your life, that can set you back and hinder your journey of personal growth and development. Learn how to cultivate a positive mindset.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

A simple statement with a profound truth. If you want to become a better version of yourself, then work diligently on cultivating a more positive mindset.

5. Create an Action Plan

Having an action plan can significantly improve the success of any project you’re working on. It’s not silly to make an action plan for your journey of personal growth and development. Writing down your goals is important.

According to a Harvard Business Study, “Respondents who wrote down their goals were three times more likely to succeed than the second group who only kept their goals in their mind.”

6. Work with an Accountability Partner

I have worked with accountability partners through the years. These are people in my circle of friends and family members who I trust implicitly. I know that they will value the circle of trust and won’t share our private discussions with anyone else.

Anytime I’ve chosen an accountability partner to help me with an issue, I’ve picked someone who I knew could remain neutral. I didn’t want someone who would just tell me things I wanted to hear. I needed someone who wasn’t afraid to tell me the truth.

7. Evaluate Your Progress

The final step in your process for becoming the best version of yourself is to evaluate your progress. This step is extremely important. If you aren’t open to an honest evaluation of your progress, you won’t experience a comprehensive change in your life.

“I think most people are indifferent in their evaluation of what is good or bad.” – Robert J. Sawyer

Don’t be indifferent to evaluating your own life. Whether the results are good or bad, you will become stronger through it—if you value honesty above all else.

Grow Through Personal Development

If you want to become a better version of yourself, you can use these seven tips to grow through personal development. It starts with taking an introspective evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses. Find ways to enhance your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses.

Learn how to cultivate a positive mindset to increase productivity in your personal and professional life. Create an action plan and work with an accountability partner to increase your chances of success in this process. Make sure to continually evaluate your progress through your journey.

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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