Continuous Personal Development: Investing in Your Health, Wellness, Career, and Productivity | Cal Hyslop MBA, University Instructor | Skillshare

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Continuous Personal Development: Investing in Your Health, Wellness, Career, and Productivity

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6 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction to Continuous Personal Development and Your Mystery Question

    • 2. What is It and Why is It Important

    • 3. Your Attitude

    • 4. The Physical

    • 5. The Mental

    • 6. Personal Development Mystery Question Answered

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The greatest asset one can have is the investment they make in themselves. By consistently developing and improving oneself, success and personal fulfillment are more easily attained. Self-development enables a person to serve and be more valuable to those around them—for their children, for their colleagues, for their business, and for their community. Here students will learn the importance of persistent self-development, which areas they should develop, and the steps needed to create a personal development strategy.

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1. Introduction to Continuous Personal Development and Your Mystery Question: hello and welcome to the next core lesson titled Continuous Personal Development. Increasing the Value of You. As you can guess. The main purpose of this core lesson is personal development, not just personal development, but continued personal development. So let's start off with our daily quote. Education doesn't cease when you leave the university. Education is a lifetime process, and now you need to become self educated. Which means, of course, we put in a lot of time getting an education in high school and university. But a lot of people tend to abandon their education once they graduate university, and that's a mistake when you want to do is continue to develop yourself so that you become better tomorrow than you are today. And that will help solidify a successful position for you in your career as time progresses , especially compared to the competition around you. So today we're going to start off with our introduction and mystery question as usual. Then we'll go into and sort of define what is continuous personal development and why should you do it? Then we'll look at the three parts to continuous personal development, which include number one, your attitude and your philosophy. Number two, the physical, your health and your appearance. And number three, the mental continuously building your brain and finally will get to the answer of the mystery question. So let's go to our mystery question. Take a look at the people in this photo. How many of these people can you identify my name? Take a moment and guess, Let's start from the top left and make our way down to the bottom Right in the top left, we have Will Smith, then Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, J. K. Rowling, Frederick Douglass, Oprah Winfrey, Malcolm X, Nikola Tesla, Warren Buffett, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Ikhwan you, Madeleine Albright and Winston Churchill. So my question to you today is, what do all of these people have specifically in common regarding continuous personal development? They all attribute doing the same thing as a major cause for their success and continue success. What could that one thing be? Keep that in my try to guess as we progress throughout this core lesson, and if you listen carefully, you might be able to get the answer correct. The answer to this question gives additional benefits to just success and those include improved focus and concentration. A 2009 studies showed that this is the most effective way to reduce stress. It only took an average of six minutes toe lower the heart rate and muscle tension after starting this particular exercise, and it can slow down the process of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This sounds fantastic, doesn't it? So what could this one thing be? Keep that in mind. What we've looked at just now and continuous personal development is that number one that a lot of successful people share one particular thing in common that was a major contributor to their success and that this particular thing has some interesting additional benefits. So try to guess as we progress throughout this lesson. Okay, so let's go on to the next part. What is continuous personal development and why should you be doing it? 2. What is It and Why is It Important: welcome back to the next section of continuous personal development here. We're going to talk about what is continuous personal development, and why should you do it, and how will it affect you in life and your career? So what is continuous personal development? Well, it's defined as the conscious pursuit of personal growth. By expanding self awareness and knowledge and improving personal skills, I'd like you to take personal note of these three things. It's expanding your awareness and specifically awareness of yourself. It's expanding your knowledge base learning mawr in several areas, and it's improving your skill set, which in turn makes you more valuable in the marketplace. So keeping that in mind, why is continuous personal development important for you? Well, let's look at a couple of reasons. One. It develops your strength. You are put on a path that leads from being good at something to being great at something. You also learn new skills that become tools you have for the future, And these tools can come in hand in ways you may never have predicted. Confidence becoming better of what you already do and develop B'more skills. Build more confidence and confidence leads to more accomplishments. People and organizations are attracted to. Those who have confidence and confidence helps you push further toward taking the risks you need to take in order to find greater success. It improves your self awareness. You get to look closer at the areas of your life where you do well and those that need improvement. You get more direction in life and a better understanding of what areas you want to develop . We need to spend a portion of today getting ready for tomorrow. We need to spend a portion of this year getting ready for the next year. You need to develop the skills that make you valuable tomorrow. This all starts with personal development. And if money is remain concern in life, which I hope it isn't or doesn't continue to be for long. If you hope to be wealthy in life, you may consider this quote. Income rarely exceeds personal development. So in order to get mawr than you have today, you need to become more than you are today. And if money isn't your biggest concern, then how about getting a job? How about going further in your career? How about rising up that corporate ladder or creating and developing your own company just about wherever you go, you'll find that competition is high, so keep this in mind. Competition for a job can be huge. It isn't always that easy to get a job, and it certainly isn't always that easy to get the job you want. Continued personal development helps you become more competitive when you graduate from university. Well, you have gained certain skills that will make you valuable to companies. Perhaps, but how will you be different than all the others who have gone through the same educational process? What will make you different, then what will make you different in the future? How are you going to stand out from the crowd? And once you do have a job, or perhaps you create your own business, you want to do what you can t keep progressing, keep accomplishing and keep being successful. Education doesn't stop when you leave the university. Education is a lifetime process, and you now need to become self educated, so never stop learning. Now we all know who Warren Buffett is, right? Well, he had something to say about personal development. Quote unquote. Ultimately, there's one investment that supersedes all others. Investment in yourself. Nobody can take away what you've got in yourself, and everybody has potential. They haven't used yet. What potential do you have that's just waiting to be unlocked? And what are the steps toward continuous personal development? You might recall that I mentioned earlier. There are three particular steps toward personal development, however, will talk about those in our next lesson to recap What is continued personal development, and why should you be interested in it? Well, number one we talked about the definition of personal development, awareness of yourself, a broad range of knowledge and improving your skill set to we looked at. Why is it important strength, confidence and self awareness? And finally, how can it help you in your career? Well, it's going to make you stand out and become more valuable in the marketplace. Okay, that's it for this particular round. Let's get ready for the next three steps toward personal development 3. Your Attitude: So how is it that you go about with continued person development? Well, as I mentioned earlier, there are three steps, and in this lesson we're going to look at the 1st 1 But before we look at that particular one, let's look at what are those three steps toward continuous personal development? Thes three. Include one your attitude or philosophy on life to the physical, which is your physical state, your health and your appearance. And three the mental, which includes the knowledge base that you possess and skills that you possess before we begin. What I'd like you to do is get out a worksheet that you're able to download, and that particular worksheet is called Personal Development. Reflection Worksheet. You could see an image of that on the right side of the screen. Take a moment and get that out, and we're going to fill this in as we progress throughout the rest of this lesson. Now, the first part under your past personal development, I'd like you to take a moment and think about. Aside from school related activity, such as studying for classes, list the things that you've done in the last 12 months or so to work on your own personal development, have you read any special books that add to your wealth of knowledge and skill? Set? Have you worked on any particular certifications? Perhaps. Have you gained any experience in a part time job that might be related to your industry or future career? So what have you done within the last year to help you develop as a person? Go ahead and push, pause and complete. This section is best possible. Next, I'd like to ask you, what is your personal philosophy Now? This might be somewhat of a difficult question to answer, so I want you to take time and think about what your attitude toward life or what your philosophy on life might be. And keep in mind. You can change this as time progresses, because we all tend to change our philosophy as we progress. So let's talk about attitude first. This is your attitude towards life, maybe your philosophy of truth and regarding all people when things were going our way, it's easy to take credit for it. These are your accomplishments. Therefore, we take credit for them right, However, it's just is easy to blame others and the world around us. When things don't go our way, when we fail or or fall short of our goals, for example, the economy is too bad. The laws and regulations are too strict. There's too much competition. No one ever taught me how to do it. No one ever helped me. But don't fall into this trap. It is the philosophy of the poor to blame others. While it's the philosophy of the rich to blame themselves, obstacles and setbacks, well, they happen to us all. That's just life. However, the important thing is what you do about it, because you can't change the world around you. But you can change yourself. Here are two principles to live by. If you could understand and use these two principles in life, then you will find that success will come more easily to you. And those include number one. It's not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens happens to us all. As I just said, the key, however, is what you do about it. What action do you take to correct the situation and to what you have at the moment what you have now is what you have attracted by the person you've become. What this means is the successes and failures are really attributed to who you are today, and the successes and failures that you come across in the future will be directly because of the person you are in the future. So who do you need to become? And when you make the right changes and become the person that you want to be the person you need to be, then you attract the right circumstances. And this is what we call the law of attraction. Here. New opportunities will present themselves here. New doors will open as you become a new person as you become the person that you want and need to be. I'd like to leave you with a few things that the great Jim Rohn said If you change, everything will change For you to have mawr, you must become more Don't wish it was easier. Wish you were better and don't wish for fewer problems. Wish for more skills. This is the essence of the personal development philosophy you want to adopt. So start working on yourself today. Next in the personal development reflection worksheet we have your attitude and philosophy in this section, I want you to write a few sentences on your attitude and your philosophy on life. It's entirely up to you on what you write. There's really no right or wrong answer, and this philosophy will probably change as time goes by. As I've already said. So what is your attitude and your personal philosophy on life? Take some time to write down a few sentences as best you can to answer this question. Go ahead and push, pause and get to writing. Okay, so to recap our section on your attitude and philosophy regarding life and personal development, we went over the basics of the 1st 3 parts to personal development, which our attitude philosophy, the physical and the mental. As we went deeper into philosophy, we opened up our worksheet and answered a few questions. First of all, what have you done over the past 12 months to work on personal development? And then I asked you to write down your attitude and philosophy on life. So let's get ready for Section number two on personal development. The physical 4. The Physical: So the second part of personal development is the physical and African guests. This has to do with your health and your physical appearance. So my question to you is, Do you have healthy habits? If so, what are they? Do you have more healthy habits? An unhealthy habits If you have unhealthy habits, water those. What can we do to increase your healthy habits and decrease your unhealthy habits regarding the physical, We always want to strive to be healthy. If you aren't healthy, then you won't enjoy your time here on Earth as much as you could, and you might leave sooner than expected. Your body is the only body you have, so take care of it. Let's take a moment to look back at your goals. What goals, if any, did you have for your health? Did you put down better health is one of your goals, Perhaps lose weight or exercise more. How about a better diet Eating healthier? Are you getting the proper amount of protein, vegetables, fruit, Not some Berries. Do you have a balanced diet on the other side? Are you consuming things that might be unhealthy? For example, sweets. Too much sugar too much alcohol. Foods that are high in those bad fats. How about smoking if you're smoker? Isn't it about time that you really seriously considered stopping? Because, after all, there's really nothing beneficial to smoking right? And what about your physical appearance? Are you taking the time to look presentable? Are you wearing proper clothes for the proper occasion? Is your hair combed? My hair is always come. This, of course, depends on what type of profession you want, tohave or lifestyle. You choose. It's up to you. But remember that it is people who offer you a job and opportunities. And it's a fact that people will judge you on your appearance, whether you think that's right or wrong. So be mindful of your appearance. But don't be obsessed. Think about this. You're making an impression every day to everyone you meet, and the more people that you meet, the stronger that impression becomes. This then becomes your reputation. Good reputations take a long time to build and only a moment to destroy today. Are you making the impression on people that you want? If not now, then when start with your appearance and then with your actions So let's go back to your personal development reflection worksheet. The next section is, of course, your physical condition, and I have four areas. I want you to write in number one. Take some time, enlist the healthy habits that you feel you do have. Then in the next area lists the unhealthy habits that you feel you have third list the health habits that you would like to develop in order to be healthier thes habits that you don't have now. But you want to start. And then finally, how do you plan toe? Lessen your unhealthy habits and increase your healthy habits? How will you add these to your schedule? Let's go ahead and push pause. Take a moment or two to answer these questions and then go back to your goals. Go back to your schedule and make the appropriate additions so that you're on your way to minimizing unhealthy habits and increasing healthy habits. So today we've looked at a couple things with the physical. We've looked at why physical condition is important for your success. We've talked about healthy habits, your appearance, and we've looked at your personal development work sheet in order for you to get a clear idea of what you're doing right, what you're doing wrong and how to change it. Now that we've covered the physical, let's get ready to go on to the third section the mental. 5. The Mental: Okay. Now, on to the third and final section of personal development, the mental Here we are back at our goals, considering what knowledge and skills we want to acquire. Do you recall what you put in your goals? What skills do you need to acquire? Well, before we go there, I have a question for you. How would you define success? Everyone sort of has a different answer because quite often, success can be quite personal. Someone's definition of success could really depend upon themselves. On the other hand, others might see it as a universal answer. Go ahead and push, pause for a moment and think, How would you define success? Someone once said that they know the definition of success, and that is success is being willing to do what others are not willing to dio. If you only have the average education, and if you only put in the average amount of effort, what results can you expect? You guessed it average. Try to answer these questions. What knowledge and skills do you need by now? You probably have a pretty good idea. What knowledge and skills do you want? There's a difference between need and want need would probably take a higher priority than want. And where can you get these skills? Where can you get this knowledge? Here's a clue. Books. It's not an accident that successful people read more books. After all, knowledge is power. There's a fast amount of information that we can learn from books, because what we learn from books are the experiences and failures and lessons from other people. How many books do you read a month? How many books do you read a year? I hear that the average in America is about four books a year. I also hear that the average in South Korea is about nine books a year. But what types of books or people usually reading Let's listen to Jim runs take on reading . The habit of reading is a major steppingstone in the development of a sound philosophical foundation and in my opinion, is one of the fundamentals required for the attainment of success and happiness. All of the books that we will ever need to make us rich, as healthy, as happy, as powerful, as sophisticated and as successful as we want to be have already been written. People from all walks of life. People with some of the most incredible life experiences, people that have gone from pennies to fortune and from failure to success have taken the time to write down their experiences so that we might share in their wealth of knowledge. Almost everything that you need to know. Almost everything that can help you be the person you want and need to be is out there in a book somewhere. You just need to take the time to get those books, read them and implement that information. So let's think a little bit about books and your experience with books. Can you name one book that changed you in a positive way? If so, what was that change? Can you name one book that you've heard about that you were hoping to read? It's on your list, but you haven't quite got it yet. What successful people would you like to read about? Who would you like to learn from? Take the time, study other successful people and learn from their experiences? Then let's go back to the final page of our worksheet under your mental condition. Answer these questions. Number one. What skills would you like to acquire, list at least three skills. How and when do you plan to acquire these skills? Remember, everything needs a due date and how you add these skills to your schedule and three. What books would you like to read? Take some time research and list at least three books that will help you in your mental development. Go ahead, push, pause and try to answer these questions as best possible. And if you can't think of three books off the top of your head, take a little more time. After this lesson, do the research and see what books you can come up with. So we've gone over the three parts to personal development, your philosophy, the physical and the mental. What changes did you come up to help you with your own personal development? How do you plan to change your schedule to make sure you achieve these goals after this lesson, take a little extra time in, adjust your goals and adjust your calendar. So to recap, personal development, the mental. We talked about knowledge and skills and the importance of these things. We talked about how important books are to your mental personal development. We finished up our personal development worksheet section and you're on your way to making the proper adjustments so that you can reach these goals. So we're almost at the end of this particular core lesson on personal development. The next section that we're getting ready for his mystery question answered. Get ready for that. 6. Personal Development Mystery Question Answered: Do you remember the mystery question at the beginning of this core lesson on personal development? Do you remember all those people who I talked about? Do you remember their names? Well, let's get onto the answer. The question is, what do all these people attribute to doing that has helped them to succeed? It's one particular thing that we just cover. All these people have one thing in common that they say was instrumental to their success. And not only does it contribute to people success and has a few additional benefits, it improves focus and concentration. It's a fantastic stress reducer, and it even makes you healthier in older age by slowing down the process of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Did you guess it? 3 to 1. Books, books do All of this and Mawr books again are priceless, so make sure you're taking advantage of reading. Remember all the information that you would ever want to be successful to be happy. It's somewhere in a book. Talk to a family member, talked to a friend, asked them about their philosophy, ask him about their health habits, asked him about what books they've read, who knows? You might find someone who has similar goals, as you do. And if you do, if you share similar goals, work together that synergy accomplish those goals quicker. All right, ladies and gentleman, I really hope that you found these lessons helpful and that you found value in them. And the next lesson, I also hope, will be equally valuable. I'll see you soon for our next lesson. Take care.