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How I Became Obsessed With Personal Development and Why You Should Too

We can all benefit from practicing daily personal development. The rewards are huge for those who invest the time to grow mentally.

Tim Denning
Nov 6, 2017 · 6 min read

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on 15/11/2016

What is this dark art of personal development you speak of Mr. Tim? Put simply; it’s the thing that will change your freaking life for real. No joke. Throw away the college books and forget about Google because all you need to understand is personal development.

It’s become my obsession and it’s what I do every single day that I have air in my lungs. It’s the difference between the losers and the winners that wake up at 4 a.m. with their game face on ready to obliterate their goals with an Elon Musk like way of doing things.

You aren’t broken, and we can fix you. Heck, we can fix each other! Empty your beer in the sink, grab a green juice and let’s knock the benefits of personal development out together.

Here are the nine reasons why I became obsessed with personal development and you should too:

1. It actually worked.

It’s the one thing I tried which actually worked. All the woo-woo chanting, affirmations and pretend positive thinking did nothing! It’s all a hoax. Before personal development, I had an ugly scarcity mindset. When I learned to believe in the greater good and change the way I think, everything changed and I believe the same can happen for you, amigo.

2. Serving others becomes a must.

After you learn the basics, you’ll no longer settle for selfishness or an inflated ego. All you’ll think to yourself is “How do I attract like minded people to come and change the world with me?”

3. Progress is addictive.

The lack of thought comes from trusting yourself and learning not to over-think. As you start to see results, guess what? It’s addictive. You become addicted to success.

All you need to do to master your life is to commit to being just a little bit better than you were yesterday. Don’t fall for the delusion that you need to make humongous changes every day because you don’t. If you try and do that early on in your transformation, you will burn out and give up.

Start small. Try lot’s of new things and act like a kid again that doesn’t give a damn about anything other than having fun and discovering new things.

4. You meet cool people.

When I started learning about personal development, I met others in the same situation. Together, we grew and smashed our goals. Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, cool people magically started entering my life because they to wanted to share the good vibes.

Like attracts like, so do you want to attract the dregs or an infectious energy that will propel you beyond your wildest dreams?

5. You can deal with pain easier.

After beginning to embrace personal development, I learned the ancient art that goes back thousands of years and has never really changed. I then began to embrace fear and become vulnerable. I learned that our flaws are what make us awesome and we should never be ashamed of them.

Pain still comes around, it’s just now I have the tools to deal with it.

6. Our brains prehistoric flaws are revealed.

Without going into the whole subject of our brain, the most important thing you will learn is that our mind spends most of its time thinking negative thoughts. The default response of our brain to any situation, without intervention, is to think in a negative way. No wonder we’re so messed up.

By simply understanding this fact, and learning how to override the autopilot mode, you can win back your happiness, take back your life, and kick some serious butt!

7. Less time is spent with negative people.

8. Your income increases.

The feeling is infectious and everyone wants to be around it. The money can help you make a bigger impact and enjoy life more. It can give you the resources you need to do extraordinary things. Most of all, you’ll realize, the money means nothing, and you feel the same. All that matters is your dream.

9. You appreciate what you have already

You’ll start to be grateful and express your gratitude towards others more often. You’ll learn a secret weapon which is that whenever you feel horrible, you can shift your state by practicing gratitude.

In states of gratitude, the world slows down, your mind stops racing ahead and you see beauty in the simple pleasures of life. Now that’s something to celebrate.

Copyright 2016 by Entrepreneur Media, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Tim Denning

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Aussie Blogger with 100M+ views — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and Entrepreneurship. www.timdenning.com

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

Tim Denning

Written by

Aussie Blogger with 100M+ views — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and Entrepreneurship. www.timdenning.com

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

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