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20 Personal Development Skills to Master in 2020

Personal Development Skills

If you’re anything like me, you’ll always set yourself personal promises and resolutions on New Year’s Eve. Whether they be to lose weight, quit smoking or just be a better person, most of these resolutions centre in some way around our personal development.

The whole ‘New Year thing’ is a matter of tradition to try to improve one’s self, but why only do this once a year? There is no time like the present for reflection and attempts at personal improvement and personal development.

Whether you’re looking to start building your own personal development plans, get to know yourself or want an extra boost in energy to complete your to do list – this guide will help you understand the skills set you need to get started.

What is Personal Development?

Personal development can be a difficult field to navigate, made even harder by the fact that it covers everything from non-verbal communication and conflict resolution right through to yoga and meditation.

While personal development is a subject that is as old as human history, technology has been redefining its role in 21st century society. While personal skills development and learning was largely disseminated through development courses and inspirational books in the past, social media has made learning about skills development more easily accessible and affordable.

While the history behind personal development can aid in your personal-improvement journey, understanding a simple definition can be enough to get you started;

Personal development involves goal setting, planning how you will accomplish these goals, and executing your plan.

Whether you want to advance in your career development, or want to make changes to your mental health, setting well defined goals should be the first step to any of your projects.

For many people though, setting easy and ambiguous goals is the reason why they never truly accomplish what they set out to do. In fact, research shows that for the majority, setting achievable but difficult and well-defined goals is the best way to progress in any situation.

Here are some examples to highlight the difference in difficulty level between vague goals and concrete goals:

  • Instead of saying “I will start to exercise more,” say “I will stretch every day before work”
  • Instead of “I will do better on my exams,” you can strive for “I will score ten points higher on my next exam”
  • Instead of setting this goal, “I will improve my business,” set the goal “I will bring in ten percent more revenue than last year”

In this way, you will create a more effective communication with yourself as to what you would like to accomplish in the short and long term.

List of Personal Development Skills

Here are some of the most important development skills that will help you build a strong personality. The changes start with you, so work on these from today;

1. Find A Place of Peace

The very first personal development step is creating an inspirational room for yourself. This neat, clean and tidy room will boost up your positive energy levels and thus will motivate you in return.

2. Build on Your Strengths

I’m sure you’re familiar with the term “practice makes perfect”. The phase may be old, but the meaning is still fresh and still helps many individuals to strengthen their personal development skills.

3. Conquer Your Fears

Each and every individual on this earth has some fear and this fear hinders the overall personality development. Try to conquer your fears and move forward to achieve new height of success in life.

4. Leave Your Comfort Zone

The fear you feel by leaving your comfort zone will soon be forgotten when it results in fruitful success. Also, leaving the costly and often stale comfort zone will make you strong enough to face every twist life throws at you.

5. Have a To-Do-List

In order to complete all the tasks you want to, get in the habit of maintaining a to-do list. This list will keep you abreast of the tasks that need to be done, and stands as a reminder of the completion time of the tasks, to help keep you on track.

6. Working on the Negative 

We all know that no one is perfect in this world. Everyone has some or the other habit that is bad and should be left behind along with the history. So, for personal development, it’s very important to try and change your bad habits which could be anything from oversleeping, nail biting, smoking, or being late etc.

7. Focusing on Good Habits

Always look forward and try to develop new and good habits. These habits may be early to bed and early to raise, regular exercising, reading, etc. The development of these habits will return help you to build up your overall wellbeing.

8. Face Your Problems Head On

Many times, a bad situation arises without warning. An important part of personal development is to address these problems in a calm and logical manner rather than brushing things under the carpet and hoping they’ll just go away!

9. Try to Learn New Ways

An important part of personal development is finding numerous ways to face the day to day challenges that life puts in front of us. Read some books to try to learn new personal development techniques that can help with solving issues.

10. Take 30 days challenge

To cross check your progress in your personal development, set a goal and allot a 30-day time period in order to complete the assigned task. A goal can be anything that you ever desired for or may a bad habit that you wanted to quit.

11. Meditation

The very common and easy way to flush out tension from your life is to meditate. The meditation will cool and sooth the nervous system of your body and thus liberating the inner peace. This inner peace further acts on the brain and helps in lowering the blood flow across the body, flushing out tension.

12. Surround Your personal With Positive People

Good company always boosts you with positivity, and these types of people can help guide you towards right path.

13. Accept the Past and Move On

We often see people around us regret things that they have done in the past, Holding on to these negative feelings can harm the personal development of an individual so you should always try to focus on the present situations, leaving the past behind.

14. Book a Holiday

We all know that over working can result tired and lazy body. So, how about a break from the same, boring and tiring schedule? Plan a small trip or holiday to please the body and refresh the mind. Believe me, it always works.

15. Cultivate a New Hobby

Learning something new like painting, pottery, a new sport etc, will help you to widen the physical, emotional and mental aspects of your personality. Not only this, they will also raise your inner happiness, ultimately leading to a stress-free life.

16. Find a Good Opponent

In order to taste the actual success in life, it is very necessary to compete; and the feeling of competition arises when we face a strong and independent foe. This will result in a very healthy comparison and will also push you forward to perform at your best and bring out all your hidden capabilities.

17. Follow Your Ideal Personality

We often meet some people in life who leave a very deep impression on our mind and soul. These pleasing personalities have some or the other quality that we like the most, so try to emanate these characteristics in your own life

18. Be Committed to Grow

A commitment reflects the changes that we are ready to absorb in our life, it may be to follow a fixed schedule or to give time to things that really pleases you and keeps you happy

19. Write a Letter to Your Future Personal

This is definitely an adventurous task, because when writing to your future self, make a list of all the ideal qualities that you strive to have. Writing things down will inspire you to develop that particular level of personality.

20. Build and Improve Professional Relationships

 You spend a lot of time with your colleagues, so it is important to build good relationships with them. After all, team cohesion relies on mature working relationships, as people typically work better together if there’s a personal element to their relationship.

There are lots of books, and courses available to improve your personal development communication and skills training. If you have any you’d like to recommend we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.

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