CoachingEDUCATION

Coaching: Personal Development

By Able Coach
Dr Shan Narayanan

WHAT IS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT?

Personal Development is a process of improving oneself. It is a process to develop or rediscover the courage to become the person you want to be. It is about investing in oneself so that one can manage oneself effectively to turn dreams into reality despite challenges.

WHY IS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IMPORTANT?

When one begins the journey of Personal development, one becomes aware of oneself. We begin to realize who we are, what our values, beliefs and our purpose in life.

This self-awareness gives one a sense of direction. We have a direction to achieve what we want in life. Decision making becomes easier. It shifts one’s focus from quantity to quality.

Self-awareness and direction bring in clarity. One is thus able to prioritize the many things one wishes to do or achieve. 

The self-awareness, direction and clarity lead to achievement, which in itself becomes a self-motivation to achieve further.

The self-motivation leads to greater self-confidence and resilience to cope with tough times in life.

When we are self-aware with a clear direction with greater confidence and resilience we tend to have better interpersonal skills, relationships and fulfilment in life.

HOW TO MANAGE ONE’S PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT?

1. DEVELOP ONE’S OWN GOAL/VISION

It is important one is aware of where one is and where one wants to be in a few months, or a few years’ time in life. This is an important step in the process of personal development.

2. PLAN ONE’S PROCESS OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Planning is very important to achieve one’s Goal/Vision. Firstly stating the Goal / Vision, then knowing what skills are needed, followed by ascertaining how and where to acquire the skills. Prioritizing these if it is in more than one area.

3. ACT ON THE PROCESS OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Personal development is a proactive process. It does not happen by itself. One has to work on the plan they have done to achieve their Goal/Vision.

4. RECORD AND REVIEW ONE’S ACHIEVEMENTS 

Some may wonder why we keep records as one is able to remember one’s achievements. Keeping records enables one to reflect and review the achievements made. It adds clarity to the direction one is taking.

5. CONTINUE THE PROCESS 1 TO 4 TILL ONE IS SATISFIED OR FEEL FULFILLED.

In the process of Personal development, one becomes proactive. Thus one makes things happen. The process is an enriching experience. One may achieve all or a part of one’s Goal/ Vision. Whichever, one will experience a happier life as they have clarity and direction. This, in time, can lead to fulfilment.

I can vouch for the benefits of the Personal development process as I have made progress in leaps and bounds in my professional and personal life through this process.

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Dr Shan Narayanan

Dr Shan Narayanan is a Consultant General Paediatrician at Hospital Fatimah, Ipoh. He can be contacted at Hospital Fatimah 05 546 1345 or by email: shaniea02@gmail.com.

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