How many personal development books have you seen at your local bookstore? If it’s a standard retail chain, there are no doubt hundreds of the books spanning wall to wall in the psychology and self-help section, each making use of different personal development strategies and styles.
While to many people this simply suggests a massive amount of ineffective methods, it actually means the exact opposite.
The mind is highly dynamic, and as a result many different personal development strategies can produce results. These three are some of my favorites, all of which produce results and are easy to apply.
#1: Take the stoic approach to personal development.
In life, there are some things that are simply out of our control. All too often these situations and circumstances end up dominating our lives, influencing our decisions, and changing the way we approach events and situations.
By ignoring any decisions that are out of our control we can dedicate more time to those that truly matter, spend more of our minds on the important changes and put an end to worrying about events that are completely external to us.
#2: Treat every event individually.
It’s easy to rationalize false events when you give them years of context and purpose. The problem is that events often happen in isolation, and applying these false contexts to them simply pushes us further away from truly understanding them.
In order to make the most of each life change and event, view it in isolation and don’t assign a false narrative or context to it.
#3: Experiment with different personal development strategies.
Possibly the greatest thing about this massive variety in the domain of self help is that we have access to a huge number of different strategies and approaches.
If one isn’t working for you, move on to the next. Once you’ve found something that works, stick with it. It’s only through experimentation that we find what truly works for us, and personal development is no different than any other domain.