Sometimes I just feel lost. Don’t you ever feel like you’re not apart of anything, you don’t know your purpose, or felt all of a sudden you’re not on the right track? I’ve felt all of the above and always asked myself, what are some things that can help with my self development?
Don’t get me wrong, there are times I do see my path, but stumbles occur along the way. Plenty of them. I find that during difficult times are the times when I try to find ways for self development. You can find me looking for ways to learn how to improve myself, maybe you can call it soul searching.
Being a mom of three, I can definitely lose myself in that specific role and all the responsibilities it entails. However, I have plenty of other roles I need to juggle. And just thinking about it makes me dizzy. Do you ever think to yourself, if I could just split myself up it would be easier, but we can’t literally split ourselves.
Here are a few things that I do to help with self development and help me take steps for my personal goals and help ease any anxiety along the process.
To know what you need to work on for self development, looking into your personality type would help a great deal. Take the 16 Personalities test to get an overview of your personality type. The results of the test provides a summary of your personality, strengths & weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships, work habits, and even parenthood.
Another great test is the Enneagram Personality Test. You can find the percentage of each Enneagram and learn more about your top 3 personality superpowers.
I find that knowing what my personality type is, the better I can use it to benefit my life. Whether to keep the balance on not overusing my strengths or improving on my weaknesses.
I’ve written in a journal since I was younger. Putting my thoughts into paper helped me release any internal feelings I had about any subject. Sometimes journaling helped me organize my thoughts when I’m working on a project. Whether it be free writing or guided journaling, any of these forms helped me not only get my thoughts out, but also helped me move forward to taking my thought into action.
Here are journals that I found useful:
Listening to Podcasts
Sometimes I just want to listen to discussions and stories that help inspire me to take action to get myself into a better path and to help work toward my goals. Listening to people share their knowledge on what helps them succeed. To me podcasts are like pep talks and make you want to take action. Here are podcasts that I like to play as I work or when I’m driving in the car.
Whether reading a book or listening to an audible is a great way to obtain new knowledge to whatever it is you want to improve on. I’m always going to want to learn something new. It so happens when I’m in a rut or am feeling down I can almost always find myself searching for a new book to read or listen to. Books help me see another perspective of whatever it is I’m going through or trying to seek to improvement. Somehow this makes me feel better because it inspires me. Here’s a few books that I’v read or listened to:
Setting priorities will always be continuous. If I set priorities for each day it’ll help with my productivity. Everything listed above is absolutely helpful, however without setting priorities for productivity how else could we move towards development and improvement.
Everything that I’ve listed above have been helpful anytime I’ve felt sad, unproductive, or out of place. By doing these things, it helps me refocus and move forward, I hope it does the same for you.