What Is Personal Development And Why Does It Matter?
Tips for achieving a more efficient, effective, productive, and meaningful life
Personal development (Self-Improvement) is anything you might do to build potential, skills, quality of life, and the fulfillment of your aspirations and dreams. Personal development is not something that happens instantly. It is a step-by-step process taking place over the course of your entire life. On a superficial level is called self-help, yet it goes far beyond that.
The first thing we need to do is create a daily playbook for your life. Once you do this you will notice that there are certain factors or elements that if explored with great intention can increase your efficiency and self-awareness. I have counted 24 of these elements that I have come to call the 24 Core Resources.
A daily discipline that is easy to apply for maximizing human potential is to review each of these 24 Core Resources (TCR). It takes me about ten minutes to do this and helps me to become more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware.
Let’s explore each of the 24…
1. Time: The measured progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.
2. Physical Energy: The ability to move about, and sustain that movement until a task is completed successfully.
3. Space: A measure and defined a continuous area or expanse. As a resource, it is usually best if it is free, available, or unoccupied.
4. Information: Facts provided or learned about something or someone and which is often conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things.
5. Influence: The stored capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
6. Power: Having an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
7. Critical Thinking: The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue, usually through deductive, inductive, or abductive reasoning, in order to form as accurate a judgment as is logically, or reasonably possible.
8. Emotional Balance: A state of being where a person is conscious and able to understand both positive and negative feelings, and are attentive to their self-care, relaxation, stress reduction, and the development of inner strength.
9. Spiritual Focus: the quality of being concerned with the human spirit, the soul, or inner consciousness as opposed to material or physical things.
10. Clarity of Thought: The ability to use and balance critical thinking with intuition.
11. Wellness: The state of being in good physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
12. Dependability: The quality of being trustworthy and reliable, especially during times of duress, and when unique strategies are required to transcend obstacles that might otherwise reduce reliability.
13. Personal Barter: The ability to trade what you have for what you want or need.
14. Barterable Goods and Services of others: The ability, through networking or other collaborative relationships to trade what others have for what you want or need.
15. Tools and Technology: Any analog or digital device or implement, used to carry out a particular function.
16. Cash: Money (legal tender) in coins or notes, as distinct from checks, money orders, crypto-currency or credit.
17. The Capacity for Love: An intense, generally positive feeling of deep affection for another person, lace or thing.
18. Relationship: The ability to connect in mutually productive ways with two or more concepts, objects, or people.
19. Faith: Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. This can be a belief in God, in the doctrines of a religion, in spiritual apprehension, or in inductive, adductive and, abductive reasoning, rather than through evidence-based proof.
20. Compassion: Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others
21. Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another
22. Wisdom: The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. Also the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Wisdom offers such a rich tapestry of all the positive aspects of living that it may include any or all of the following when tempered with kindness, compassion, empathy, the appreciation of beauty, sagacity, sageness, intelligence, understanding, insight, perception, perceptiveness, percipience, penetration, perspicuity, acuity, discernment, good sense, common sense, shrewdness, astuteness, acumen, smartness, judiciousness, accurate judgment, foresight, clear-sightedness, prudence, circumspection, logic, rationality, soundness, saneness, advisability, sharpness, savvy, smarts, and sapience. Most of all, a wise person also has the ability to recognize stupidity, foolishness, and evil.
23. Kindness: The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
24. Body-consciousness: The application of bodywork, healing touch, massage, and movement to expand internal physical perception and experience. Somatic techniques may be used in bodywork, psychotherapy, dance, personal development processes, or in spiritual practices.
A Final Thought
Each of the 24 Core Resources can also be leveraged for influence, power, and greater financial success.
Author: Lewis Harrison is an Independent Scholar with a passion for knowledge, innovation, personal development, self-improvement, and problem-solving. He is the creator of Harrison’s Applied Game Theory. His website is AskLewisGameTheory.com
“I am always exploring trends, areas of interest, and solutions to build new stories upon. Again, if you have any ideas you would like me to write about, just email me at LewisCoaches@gmail.com”.
Here is a 15-minute video interview I participated in concerning applied game theory, the idea from which defining our resources were derived.