By Jacqueline Antonetti-Moreno
“Success is something you attract by the person you become” Jim Rohn when he spoke about the importance of personal development.
It is no secret that one of the main interests of human beings is to succeed. However, not everyone is willing to do the first thing we need to do to get the desired result: to become the person who has the skills, abilities and wisdom to achieve that dream we have in our mind.
Why do I say that? Here is an example that although basic and generic, helps us have a clear idea of the approach of the average human. The word “success” has more than 360,000 searches on Google and “personal development” has only 27,000. I wonder how people can think that they could reach the much desired success (whatever their own definition for that term is) without improving their personal skills and knowledge.
Jim Rohn, American businessman and philosopher said it best: “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” And the way to be better, have more skills and gain more wisdom is by focusing on our personal development.
Many people have asked me why I focus on personal development and not on professional development and my answer is always the same: I don’t see how our professional performance can be improved if we do not improve our performance as individuals first. And it is not that I don’t do or do not have the skills to do executive, business or career coaching because I do have them and I do it, it is that no matter what type of client is, I always start by focusing on the individual.
It is the individual who must define and visualize the life he or she wants to have and their career or occupation is one of the ways that they will achieve what they want. Once we are clear on what our aspirations as a person, then we work on making our professional life serve our desire of being happy, whole and fulfilled human beings. Because let’s be clear on something, deep down we all want happiness, fulfillment and wholeness, what varies is the how. That is, the activities, scenarios, people and experiences that make us live those emotional states.
So the invitation is that the next time you think about how to achieve success, also think about who you have to become to make your dreams come true.
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