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  • Feb
    Larry Strawson asked:

    Every choice you have ever made and every decision that you have regretted comes back to a set of several core beliefs that many people refer to as their personal values. Your values weren’t developed overnight and although outside influence plays a major role much of your values were determined by your own internal perception. Over your lifetime you have seen, heard, felt, and experienced certain situations and conditions that have helped shape your beliefs to what they are today. Your values are the foundation to your entire being and are subconsciously a part of your everyday life in one way or another.

    Generally most people do not purposely choose their values, most of them are learned subconsciously as children before the age of 10. Studies have shown that a child’s social surroundings are the heaviest source of influence when it comes to developing personal values. Children tend to learn most of their behavior from their parents and older siblings, but as they get older they may be influenced by their teachers, coaches, friends, and even favorite actors or sports stars. All of these social interactions can have both a negative or positive influence over the development of our personal values.

    Another key influence in personal values comes from our life experience, as we go through life we are able to take all of our positive and negative experiences and add them or discard them from our current belief system. Not only do your values influence your choices but as you grow older your choices will influence your values. Research has also shown that our values can change by the people we surround ourselves with through the process of association. For example during an independent study a German psychologist found out that he could eliminate a person’s fear of flying by simply having the patients sit down and talk with a professional pilot for 1 hour per week for several months.

    By placing attention to your values you are able to become more self aware, make ethical decisions, and prioritize the things that really matter to you. When you are more self aware you will know exactly what you’re projecting to people when you interact with them, you will know exactly what you have done right and what you have done wrong in all aspects of your life. Understanding your own code of ethics and prioritizing your life will allow you live to your fullest potential, when you are able to proudly look yourself in the mirror you will have achieved what many like to call the height of empowerment.

    Sometimes people may feel the need to change their current set of values, although this isn’t an overnight process it can be done with hard work and dedication. Since your personal values are a reflection of your life experiences the key to changing them is to change your life so that you have new experiences. By sitting down and consciously choosing which old values need to be removed, which values need to be retained, and which values need to be added you will be able to subconsciously command your brain to reprogram itself for change.

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  • Feb
    Susan Velez asked:

    Why not sit down for at least 10 minutes today and create a 5 year personal development plan for yourself. Where would you like to be in five years? What do you want to have accomplished? Visualize yourself as successful and write down your passions of what it is you want to be do have in your life. Remember you can do anything the only limitations we have are the one’s we place on ourselves. Most people realize that personal development is a positive step in the right direction of improving one’s life in any area of your life. However many people do not take control of their lives and have no idea of what they would like to accomplish in the next five years.

    A 5 year personal development plant will help you map out areas in your life that you would like to improve. What is it right now that you would like to change in any area whether it is a relationship, business, career. Are you stagnant in any of those areas and would like to see yourself somewhere different? You can sit down and make some long term goals of where you would like to be in five years. Your 5 year personal development plan will help you identify the the means to accomplish your long term goals. It will be like a map that you can keep in front of you at all times to constantly remind you of what you want to be do have, and will be a map for you to follow. It will map the steps you make along the way and you can evaluate the progress that you make.

    Another thing that will help you keep track of your progress is a journal. When you take the time to set the goals you would like to achieve whether long term or short term; you should write down your progress in your journal. This will help you keep on track and stay motivated towards working towards what it is you desire. Plus when you reach your goals you can go back and read what it took you to reach your goals. You should always rewards yourself positively for sticking to your 5 year personal development plan and doing whatever it takes to reach them.

    However when you reward yourself make sure your reward is not negative. If your goal is to lose weight and you have dropped the amount of weight you wanted to, do not sit down and eat a big piece of chocolate cake. This would hurt you in the long run; instead do something else that you would enjoy doing like going to a movie.

    If you currently know what you would like to be do have in five years down the road, and have your goals written down then you are way ahead of the game. Most people do not know what they want to be do have and most of them are just content with their mediocre life. The complain about their life however they really do not know what they want to accomplish; if you do not know where you would like to be chances are you will not ever accomplish anything different.

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  • Feb
    littleme836 asked:

    I have to write a paper on personal values development help!?
    the paper is suppose to examing your personal values, ground reules and/or ethics development. Focus on the development aspect rather than on a particular issue. Define what your values are and the source that helped shape them and the criteria and decision making factors you utilize to revise them. Also, discuss the piotential impact of your values and your performance in your workplace.

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  • Jan
    adownboundtrain asked:

    I need a good forum for discussing personal development / self help and ways of making money…can someone recommend such a forum?

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  • Dec
    Jonathan Wells asked:

    Questions have the ability to change our focus in an instant. Asking the right questions is an advanced life skill that can literally change your mindset from limiting to empowering. Our personal view of reality hinges on what we focus our minds on. Questions not only provide our minds with focus but with incentive and direction as well.

    As soon as we ask a question, our mind immediately begins searching for the answer. If we don’t like the answers that we are getting, it probably has a lot to do with the questions we are asking. By asking the right questions we can empower ourselves to change any aspect of our life.

    So what are the right questions?

    Questions that cause us to focus on possibilities and solutions are the ones that empower us. By training ourselves to consciously ask empowering questions, regardless of our circumstances, we will direct our minds to continually focus on new possibilities and solutions. This is exactly the kind of focus that enhances our personal growth and development.

    As human beings we can only focus on a limited number of things at any given time. We can use this fact to our advantage, because when we focus on empowering things it becomes literally impossible to focus on limiting things at the same time. This means that when we focus on something positive, really focus on it, our minds will delete or block out negative thoughts.

    Because questions have the ability to change our focus, we can automatically change our feelings as wells. When you ask yourself, “what do I feel really great about right now?” Your mind becomes occupied with answering that question; it simply cannot search for reasons to feel lousy at the same time.

    Being truly focused, involves more than just our mental acuity, it also involves our emotions. This is especially true because the questions we are asking ourselves often have to do with how we feel about something. Emotions are the power plant of human motivation. We can use our minds to ask the questions that will harness that power, and focus it in the direction we want to go.

    When problems arise in life, as they will, what questions can we ask ourselves to motivate us toward possibility and solution? Here are a few examples:

    1) How does this problem or challenge create a new opportunity? At first you may not see opportunity, so keep asking. This question is powerful because it is structured around the assumption that the problem has created an opportunity, now you just need to discover what it is. Your mind will acknowledge that assumption as a fact and before long it will present you with a list of opportunities.

    2) What action must I take to transform this situation? Notice the assumption built in to this question, there is a course of action that will transform the situation, all you need to do is find it.

    3) What aspect of this challenge is exciting? Again the assumption, there is something here to get excited about. We just asked our mind to figure out what that is, and so it will.

    Notice what all of these questions have in common. They all have a built-in assumption that moves our focus in a positive direction. They all create a frame of mind that is empowering. Because we can focus in only one direction at a time, these questions also prevent us from exploring the negative aspects of our situation, both mentally and emotionally.

    Remember, it’s not asking questions that creates results, it’s the answers. So as you answer each question take a moment to experience how that answer makes you feel. Developing a routine of asking yourself empowering questions will also increase your level of appreciation for the answers.

    With what result?

    Being constantly aware and appreciative of our blessings can completely change our view of life.

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  • Dec
    mohamed asked:

    I want to be a professional writer in the personal development field like jack Canfield and Antony Robbins.
    I believe that people will not trust me if I am not holding a certificate or a degree which will make me qualified for writing in the subject .
    what is the required degree to be a professional writer in the personal development field ?

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  • Dec
    grace asked:

    To me, meaning is what develops via defining our own experience and worldview on our own terms without depending on outside sources of truth.

    The process of defining meaning through careful inner analysis and contemplation is all about bringing the inner experience into outer form: truthfully, effeciently and also with detachment and a willingness to let go of beliefs and assumptions.

    Meaning keeps us moving forward, evolving and developing our greatest potential.

    Development must include the objective component of defining meaning, or it will stagnate. We cannot feel our way to Self Realization, although emotional awareness is equally essential in the process. But that’s for another question. :-)

    Thanks for sharing your view.
    Meaning as defining inner understanding, which has developed through conscious analysis of inner experience. Thanks!
    Thanks for the response, imo:

    Enfeelingment (Subject Being) without Engnowingment (Objectively competent in defining meaning and also in defining Subjective Being into language that can be shared with others) is impotent to bring transformation into the collective mind. We cannot develop our true potential as humans without the ability to define it. Being is still Being, even when it is actualized in Doing. Conscious doing is Being Doing….and that kind of doing develops everyone, not just our own personal self.

    I am not interested in death and don’t care what happens ‘after’ something that does not truly exist. There is only Life and bringing Life to the world is my only interest. :-)
    Thank you for the quotes cheeky :-) I really vibe with the first one. WOW!!!

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  • Nov
    Bonnie Holscher asked:

    When we talk about Personal Development several things come to mind. For some this can mean many different things. For instances some:

    o To get a better job

    o Make improvements in a relationship

    o Learn how to set and keep goals.

    o Learn how to manage their time and be efficient

    o Change their physical appearance

    o Create a better financial platform

    And the list can go on. Regardless of the reason most of us are looking for ways to improve our lives and be happier. However most of us don’t get what we want because we don’t know exactly what it is that we want. Most of us fail because we never begin. Most of us need to change the way we see ourselves. Some of us just need a little boost of confidence.

    A good self image is a constant and continuous journey. All of us have quality personal assets. We are just unsure of what they are so they need to be discovered. Some of them us are unaware of how to use them. There are countless ways to achieve the discovery of those qualities.

    Listening to audio messages, sometimes several times, is helpful and can prove to be quite educational. If you do not reinforce the information you receive, the chances are likely that you will not act upon it. Remember intending to do something does not mean it will ever get done. We must actively participate in the process of developing those qualities we have.

    Another thing that can be done is to read books. There are a large number of books on the market for self help and self improvement. Personal development involves self growth as well. There is one book in particular that can give you a mountain of insight and help you to find lessons to achieve the success you desire in your personal development. This is just an incredible book with excerpts from some of the leading success speakers who share valuable information to help you on your road to improvements for your life. Your life is worth investing in so do what I did and take a step to a fuller and happier future.

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  • Nov
    Jay N asked:

    If you were in the marketing for a personal development coach, who would you use?

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  • Oct
    becomeblackbelt asked:

    Where can I find workbooks on being Positive that can be downloaded for free?

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