Two Peas In A Pod
It is common to hear various people give treat personal development and personal growth as two separate entities. Often, different people come up with different definitions and explanations for both, citing the fact that they both mean different things. But if you look at both personal development and personal growth on my microscopic level, you will see that both are one and the same. They might be two separate peas, but they share a universal pod, and that common pod is the need to be better than you currently are.
Essentially, both personal growth and development entails working on yourself and helping yourself to grow to the next level. They both involve a continuous process of improvement on a physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and mental level. Such is the sameness of Personal growth and development that they can be used interchangeably.
The beauty of growth and development is that it is a never-ending process. You won’t find any person in the world today that says “Gee, I have attained the highest level of personal development, and I am officially done.” What makes it, so great is that there is no endpoint to development or growth, and that means you are not in any competition with anybody to reach the finish line first, but instead you are only in competition with yourself, to improve yourself in the various aspects of your life continually.
Successful Personal Development
Successful personal development requires a consistent level of motivation, the earnest desire to improve, and the willingness to make positive changes in your life. You need to be willing to break the norm and go beyond your comfort zone. Most importantly, as it is an ongoing process, you have to keep an open mind and develop the desire to unlearn, learn, and relearn along the way.
Knowledge and the application of knowledge facilitates personal development. You, first of all, have to sort for knowledge from books, seminars, audios, and blog articles (like this one), and apply the knowledge you’ve obtained in other to see your results come into fruition. Remember that it is the right application of knowledge will put you on the path of growth. It will help you form the proper habits, achieve your goals, and ultimately help you move on to the next level in life.
So, when next you come across personal development or personal growth, rather than see them as two different things, see them as one and the same. After all, they both result in the continuous improvement of a person in all aspects of life via the right application of knowledge.