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Importance of Personal Development

As most of you know, I’m a HUGE believer in positive thinking and how it can help you succeed with everything you do in life. However, I haven’t always this way. It all started when my father came into my room when I was a teenager and threw a book onto my bed. He didn’t ask me to read it, he told me to. I wish you all could have seen the look on my face, but it was priceless. However, I wasn’t the one to disobey my father, so I did what I was told. The book was called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Scwhartz, and it’s just what it sounds. The book teaches you how to eliminate negative thinking and replace it with positive thinking, giving you a step by step process on how to do so. The book had such an impact on me that I literally became addicted to personal development books. I haven’t stopped reading since.

I have been listening to an audio book by Jim Rohn called “The Art of Exceptional Living,” and he said “Work hard on your job and earn a living. Work hard on yourself and earn a fortune.” Why do you think this is? Why is personal development so crucial? If I were to talk about the main things that have led me to become successful (besides the guidance from my parents), I would say it’s positive thinking, pushing myself to reach my goals, learning from my failures, and believing in myself and what I can accomplish. What do most personal development books and audios talk about? Exactly what I just listed.

Let’s first talk about positive thinking. I have conditioned my mind to only think positive thoughts, and most of this has to do with my constant reading of personal development books. Like I said above, though, this isn’t how I used to be. In fact, I used to be a pretty negative thinker! Instead of believing I could succeed with something, I always feared failure. Because I was fearing failure, I failed. Once I changed and started believing that I could succeed, my mind then developed ways to figure out HOW TO succeed. Learn from that! If you find yourself fearing failure, then you will fail, but if you believe you will succeed, then your mind will pave the way to success! This is profound stuff!

Next, let’s talk about pushing yourself to reach your goals and learning from your failures. Unfortunately, most people struggle with these two things. For one, they don’t create goals for themselves, and two, they don’t learn from their failures, but rather make excuses to why they failed. Excuses make people feel better about themselves, and that’s why millions of Americans make them every day.  “I can’t follow the diet because my family doesn’t support me,” “I can’t commit to the workouts because I don’t have time,” and “I can’t get results because my genetics won’t allow me” are the most common excuses that I hear. Well I’ve got news for you, if you’re making these excuses, you’re suffering from a disease called “Excusitis.” Think about how much you’re selling yourself short by making these excuses. Keep making excuses like that, and you will never succeed in anything that you do. Stop making the excuses, focus on learning from your failures, and see how much happier and successful you will become! Create specific goals for yourself, and don’t quit until you reach those goals. If you fail, make adjustments and continue moving forward.

Are you ready to make a change? If so, personal development is crucial to your success, and you should spend at least 30 minutes a day reading a book or listening to audio. Some books I recommend are “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz, “The Magic of Getting What You Want” by David Schwartz, “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy, “Failing Forward” by John Maxwell, “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olsen, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, and “Talent is Never Enough” by John Maxwell. You can thank me later!

Josh

4 comments

  1. Mikel /

    Awsome post man, It really hit me. I am 17 years turning 18 soon and I’d say im a negetive thinker. I always fear like I will fail and infact i did in my last year of highschool. I hit “barely over the fence” grades because I just didn’t put in effort. All my life I have alway’s thought negetive because my siblings have always made me felt that way. Thank You for putting up this post Josh. Im going to get these books and guide my life in the right path now.

    Thanks Bud.

  2. Keith /

    Hey Josh,

    I couldn’t agree more. The Magic of Thinking Big is the best book I have ever read! I couldn’t put it down. I just finished “Developing the Leader Within You” by John Maxwell, as recommended and it was also great. Currently, I’m reading the Slight Edge. The more I read, the more I know that I CAN do whatever I want and I CAN change my life. You have inspired me in many ways, but the path of personal development you have led me down has changed me mentally, just like P90x and Insanity have changed me physically. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. This will all pay off in the future. I’m currently establishing some new personal goals and they are pretty lofty. But, I know I can attain them with hard work!

    Keith

  3. Josh /

    @Mikel. Make sure you get those books, read them, and then I’d like to hear about what you think. Make sure you let me know!

  4. Aaron /

    Josh,

    There is power in words and words come from thoughts. I have always believed that the path to any success is to first believe that success can be achieved. When Tony Horton says “Get your mind right” this is what he means. You have to have the mindset that success is possible, otherwise it truly isn’t.

    This was another great post, keep em coming.

    Aaron

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