This blog post is related to my Personal Development journey.
A journey that I decided to own years ago and was not very deliberate about previously
Ever since I started to lead a fitter healthier life, the past few years have been filled with ah-ha , funny and sad moments, all of which I am grateful for. I believe fitness was the gateway that led to my purposeful self improvement journey.
Personal development to me means a number of things. Health, family, relationships, self leadership, career, self awareness, choices, the ability to empathize and be tolerant. The ability to listen, communicate effectively and influence for the good. Along with life long learning, the ability to focus, be present and deal with fear and anxiety.
By purposely pursuing what I believe to be my desires and doing more of the things that make me feel happy, I am creating and living the life I want. A big step for me on this journey was discovering my core values, which are work ethic, cultural awareness, self-leadership and respect. How I came to these values will be a blog post on its own.
One of the best parts of this journey is how much more self aware I am becoming. Not only in the physical sense, also in the sense of my mind, thoughts, fears, anxieties, hopes and dreams. Those things that we sometimes do not want to think about and take the bury our head in the sand approach because they scare the heck out of us.
It is sometimes daunting to think about all the things that we want or wanted to do and never did. Either because we convinced ourselves that we couldn’t, we were scared we would fail (FAIL to me stands for First Attempt In Learning), we were scared of what other people would think or say, or someone said we couldn’t and we believed them. That book we never started, that diet we quit, that course we never followed through with, that girl or guy we never asked out, that trip we never took, that blog we never started, that promotion or job we never went for.
It is not as easy as, just do not care what other people say, or face your fear (FEAR to me stands for Facing Every Anxiety Rationally). To me it is more a question of what am I saying to myself? What is my inner dialogue? Am I encouraging myself or holding myself back? What are the strategies, tools and techniques that I can use to deal with what I am going through in this area. We can be our own harshest critics and our inner dialogue plays a big role.
Along this journey, I have come to the point where I feel that my purpose is to connect, inspire and empower people to live more fulfilled lives.