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You should know that self-development is not a day’s job, neither is it a child’s play.

The need to be self-developed is built on the desire to be great, and greatness, we all know, is not a one-step ladder.

Therefore, self-development requires grit, consistency and determination.

Even when we begin to see the reward of self-development, it is necessary not to quit the processes of self-development but instead keep on, and the result or reward would be greater. 

The importance of self-development is beneficial to the world at large because a developed person contributes towards building a developed society.

Also, one person who is rightly developed could influence another person to develop himself. 

The question now is, what are the ways to develop ourselves? What activities can we engage in for self-development?

There are different things to do for self-development. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing five ways that you can develop yourself.

In a previous blog post, I shared some bits about the basics of self-development and some details you should know before reading this article.

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1. JOURNALING

Journaling is meditative. In journaling, you simply pour your heart out on lines.

Instead of keeping them in your head, pouring them down on lines where you can easily come back in your period of reflection and reminiscing would spur you on for development. 

In a blog post, Steph highlighted and discussed different types of journals you could keep for self-development. She also shared that journaling would give you purpose and freedom.

Keeping a journal is like having a friend who would not judge but would listen and remind us to keep on the good work. 

Journaling has also been found out to be therapeutic because it relieves us of stress and burdens.

For self-development, you could keep a journal to keep track of your progress, measure achievements and remind you of plans.

Journaling might not come easy to people who are no fans of writing, many people have confessed that journaling for the first time went well, but as they became swamped with activities, they had to drop journaling.

Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.

Jen Williamson

As earlier said, self-development requires consistency.

If you are interested in taking up journaling for self-development, then you could have a particular time when you make inputs in your journals.

Journaling after the day’s activities before going to bed is best because you can share all that happened in the day -achievements/success, pains/struggles and determinations/goals.

Not only would journaling walk you through the day’s feelings, but it would walk you through ideas and opportunities too!

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2. THERAPY

Therapy is also an effective means of self-development.

Therapy is an effort to wake one’s self for change and development. A person who wants to develop himself could engage with these licensed professionals who treat every patient with respect and are patient to listen without judging.

Therapists are trained mental professionals who engage their patients in talk sessions for different purposes.

Therapists are trained to understand that every human is unique, and therefore they treat everyone who opens their mind to them with honesty and respect.

Not only does a therapist listens, but they also point out where you can be helped and give ideas on how to remove stumbling blocks.

Not just for tackling depression or anxiety, talking with a therapist or counsellor is a way to clear the blocks in one’s head and get fresh opinions.

In therapy, I see myself in the mirror differently.

Ricky Williams

Sharing with a therapist who is concerned about your mental well-being is as relieving as it is developing.

Developing your mental wellness is tantamount to developing yourself, as a developed mind is a developed self.

When your mind is rid of negativity or past hurts, your energy would be of positivity, and you would be challenged to all that you thought impossible.

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3. MENTORING

One of the ways to self-develop is to get a mentor you look up to.

A mentor is a wise counsellor who is interested in guiding a mentee on to his dream or purpose.

A mentor could also be someone who has a measure of achievement that you desire. This person gives advice and motivation on how to become what you want to be. 

Mentorship aids accountability and discipline.

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.

Bob Proctor

A mentor who is sincerely dedicated to your growth would give assignments and reward you for each task done rightly.

Mentorship is one of the means to knowledge.

Through this experienced person, you get insights on how to do certain things that would develop you. 

You should know that being committed to a mentor requires commitment on your side because a mentor is limited to only helping you learn; he cannot force you to learn.

You have to play the part of being committed to learning. Every lesson given should not just be noted; it should be practised.

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4. EXERCISING

Exercises are physical activities that relieve body tension and aid body flexibility and strength. Exercising is a way to develop our body and mind. Exercises are reputable for their ability to keep the body in a healthy position.

For self-development, you do not necessarily have to go to a gymnasium, but in the comfort of your home or wherever you are, you could engage in exercises like stretching, jumping, walking and even squatting.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison

During exercise, your body releases chemicals that improve your mood; this alleviates stress, depression and improves the function of your brain. It also sharpens your thinking and learning skills.

Exercises are relaxing and enable you to focus. They have been proven to be an effective remedy for clearing mental blocks. Exercise then improves your mental health and mood.

You must exercise every day and drink water after each exercise.

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5. FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

Your passion is your dream or desire, and each person is endowed with his own passion and skill. They are what keeps us together as a society because your skill is as necessary as my own skill.

Most people who do not follow their passion usually end up frustrated and unsatisfied. 

Find your passion, and it would be easy to do all that you must in fulfilling your dream.

Your passion does not necessarily have to be an exaggerated or impossible dream. It could be as simple as travelling or starting a new job, or writing a book.

Once you find your passion, attend to it.

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

Oprah Winfrey

Share some tips or ideas that can facilitate self-development or career-development in the comments section below!

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