Life is a journey, a highway of seemingly endless possibilities. How do we make the choices each day to live to our full potential? We all have dreams and ambitions, some we are pursuing, others slip away unfulfilled. An essential element to living a purpose driven life, is having many resources, a mentor, a friend, a coach, and a great library to offer guidance and wisdom. A personal development strategy can help shorten your learning curve to allow you to achieve the success you desire.
I have always been an avid reader. Growing up in Maxwell,Indiana, I spent many hours under a tree or in front of the fireplace simply enjoying the adventures found in books. I dreamed of traveling the world, and doing something great with my life! When I was in my early 20’s, I met my first mentor, a very successful business owner. He encouraged me to Dream Big and gave me the book “The Greatest Salesman in
the World” by Og Mandino – this book equipped me with the motto “I will persist until I succeed” and I then began my own personal growth journey.
Several years later, someone gave me a CD by Jim Rohn. On the CD, Mr. Rohn asked the question “do you want more?” Yes, I said out loud, I want more…success, money, a better body, more travel, etc. His answer has changed my life! Jim continued, “if you want to have more… you have to BECOME more.” He said, “success is not a doing process, it is a becoming process. What you do, what you pursue, will allude you, it can be like chasing butterflies.Success is something you attract by the person you become.”
“Wow,” I thought. The simplicity and purity of his message grabbed my heart. Jim continued, “for things to
improve, you have to improve. For things to get better, you have to get better. For things to change, you have to change. When you change, everything changes for you.”
The greatest investment you can make in life is in your own personal development. Becoming a person of value, prepares you for success! How much time, energy, effort and money do you invest in your own personal development? Self-improvement is important, it has been said that we become
the books we read, the people we listen to and the activities in which we participate in life. Success in life is a decision; you become what you decide.
Experience is important, as long as it is somebody else’s experience – this is called wisdom. Read a book! I remember when I was pregnant with my first child, Nicolas, I read every book on expecting a baby, giving birth, and how to feed, bathe, and take care of babies, everything that I could get my hands on! Now, four kids later and an entrepreneur, I’m reading books on “How to Have a New Kid by Friday”! and “The
Business of the 21st Century!” I believe you must take on the Leadership role of your life, if not you, then who? Is it possible to strategically design your life? YES! Listen to your heart and start today! We do have a choice, let life happen to us or create a life of purpose on purpose!
I invite you on such a journey - the journey of continuous personal development. The important thing is to Live your Best Life Now and to enjoy the Journey!
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and passionate student of personal development and entrepreneurism.