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Tips for personal development, and why I care about it so much

I am someone who gets very animated and passionate about personal learning and growth.


I worked for 20 years in commercial roles as a senior manager this included time at BBC, HSBC, NBC Universal and Vodafone.


I retrained as an advanced transformation coach, studied psychology and started working as a trainer and facilitator in 2018. I am 100% focused on coachign and training work now.



Tips for personal development


I made the decision to become more involved with personal development as a career after our youngest son was born with a genetic condition. Ozzie has certain special needs has led to some new ways of thinking for the family and as I came to terms with this it spurred on my desire to learn and teach and coach other people.


Tips for personal development:There are lots of ways to think about our personal development. We might pick up books which have different tips of ideas or suggestions for how we can develop ourselves and achieve more in our lives. We might attend training courses like this one. Of course many people have access to books, materials and even take the time to absorb and consider the material they have.


This isn’t enough though, we are still human and we might lose focus we might get distracted we might find new ideas hard to implement, we might at some point lose faith we can change ourselves, or our behaviours and situation.


This is why understanding what to do or having an intellectual understanding of good behaviours is not enough. Know how is important but Attitude is more important than know how.


Carol Dweck from Stanford University wrote a book called Mindset the new psychology of success.

Dweck's primary research found that people with a growth mindset—that people who believe that their abilities, and intelligence and situation can be improved with work achieve more than those with a fixed mindset


So having a Growth mindset refers to people who have or who develop a belief in the potential for growth tend to respond to challenges with determination and a passion for learning and overcoming obstacles.


If our nature is that we tend to veer more towards a fixed mindset We might believe for example that we have to live with the cards we are dealt in respect of our opportunity.


There are countless examples of successful people who do not accept their lot.

J.K. Rowling is a very well known example which I am sure you are aware of . She faced several significant setbacks and challenges on her path to becoming a successful author. her setbacks


Before she began writing the "Harry Potter" series, J.K. Rowling went through a period of personal hardships, including the death of her mother, a failed marriage, and battling depression. These emotional and personal difficulties were some of the initial setbacks in her life.


Her financial situation was dire when she started writing the first As a single mother living on welfare, she often struggled to make ends meet, she was even receiving government support for her and her daughter. After completing the first "Harry Potter" book, Rowling faced numerous rejections from publishing houses. Several publishers turned down the book, with some stating that it was unlikely to be successful. Despite these setbacks and difficulties, J.K. Rowling persisted in pursuing her passion for writing.


Her determination and belief in the story she was telling allowed her to overcome these obstacles. Eventually, she found a publisher, and the "Harry Potter" series went on to become one of the most successful and beloved book series in the world. Rowling's story is a testament to the power of a growth mindset and perseverance in the face of adversity.


This attitude is broadly a choice though We can choose to have a Fixed: belief that there are limits on abilities, intelligence or Development Or we can embrace failure risk taking and believe we can progress and develop.


Growth mindset is about belief in our ability to change adapt and grow and according to Dweck at those that have that mindset achieve more than those with a fixed mindset.


In the words of Simon Sinek


“Words may inspire but only action creates change”


So let’s keep both mindset and a focus on changing habits at the forefront of our minds as we look towards our future and our own development.

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