What can Personal Development do for you?

Big question!  And I think the answer to that is  – lots!

It really doesn’t matter how you look at this Personal Development can be something that can really help you in life.

Let me give you an example.

This weekend we were filming for a DVD.  You know I am no expert in filming, sure, I do some video for this blog but I am not an expert at DVD etc.  Anyway, my Martial Art Sensei also runs a course for Kids called Little Samurai Warriors.  Well I thought it would be a good idea to get a DVD of this to help kids in schools with Self Discipline, Respect, team Work, Anti Bullying, Stranger Awareness and Voice control.  These are all things that Sean (The Sensei) teaches.

This was really my first go at being a Writer/producer for a production.  I wrote the scripts and organised the whole thing. I learnt what a producer does!

Anyway, there is no way I could have done it without using the Personal Development skills I have learnt.  Really, it wouldn’t have happened.

There are so many people involved in this project that if I didn’t know how to handle them it would have either never happened or been a bad production.

Here are the things that were needed for this project: –

  • Negotiation – Contracts, money, big asks!
  • Sales skills – Selling the idea, selling the people
  • Team skills – You need a team of people to do this
  • Communication – Getting the ideas across
  • Confidence – When to say no and yes
  • Belief – That it would happen.  And showing this to people

I am not saying it was all about me.  Not at all!  There were so many cool people helping to make this work, it’s just these were the skills I noticed I was using to get this done.  I use these all the time but this was something new so I noticed.

NOTE – I want to say a big thanks to Andrew the Director for doing a great job and for Sean for getting out of his comfort zone and not complaining about it!

Someone might be reading this saying “Yes but Sales skills is not Personal Development”.  Really?  As I see it when you learn something and it helps you then that is Personal Development.

I think there is a challenge in the Personal Development industry in that now we tend to think of particular types of book and cd etc as being Personal Development.  Instead of seeing anything that develops you are personal development.

If you go to a museum or a church and learn something…well that is Personal Development in my humble opinion.

I think the thought process here is that if you are always learning you can use what you learn to help you.  I know I try to do that as much as possible.

Imagine how much you could learn if you open your mind each day.

So what can Personal Development do for you?  Everything.  It is you, it’s you right now.

To your success.

Matt