Self-development (personal development) is an important subject that people, either doesn’t perceive it in such way, ignore it totally or notice it late in their lives. Self-development is the process of sharpening your talent, skills and personality. It is a long lifespan process, usually you get involved in such process step by step with good habits that you start at some point in your life, because after all, the only common factor of successful people is that they don’t do what failures do.
First, I want to make sure you don’t confuse between self-development and your job training. For example, when you take a course or read a book as a job training, that is you working for your job; while when you start a good habit to have a later effect that is self-development, You can do a single action for both targets, there is no problem about that, for example, you can take a language course that will improve your skills in both your job and life but I just want to make sure that you see two different separate targets and I hope “you work more on yourself that you do on your job”.
In this article, I will try to give you the first push into this process, sharing some tips about where to start, how to last in the process, and finally how to keep putting a stone after another on your wall of skills.
I want to point out that good habits don’t have to be done everyday, you can have a week habit or even a month but you need to start having good habits and write them down and that’s very important, you really need to write them down into a paper, people who have written their goals have more probability achieving these goals than people who don’t. You can start with good and simple habits like reading an article, writing an article, watching a YouTube video that is not directly related to your job skills or making a presentation and sharing it with the world on SlideShare, going for a run to shape your body, reading a chapter from a book,……, I can go on
and on for very simple habits that you can do once per month but I will settle down with these for now.
Now the second problem that faces most people is that they start very energetic with dreams to reach stars and after a while they forget all about that. One of the very simple techniques that you can try, is using Google calendar to remind you with your good habits, using a feature like sending mail notification can be very helpful, you can mark the mail as unread until you are done with the habit.
Writing your good habits in a todo list is another option as well, to keep the goal in front of your eyes and never lose focus, but you need to writeitoff after you are done and rewrite it again after a while, so you don’t just get used to it.
I want to finalize this article with the following statement.
‘A’isha is reported to have said that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was asked about the act most pleasing to Allah. He replied: That which is done continuously, even if it is small.
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْمُثَنَّى، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنْ سَعْدِ بْنِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَبَا سَلَمَةَ، يُحَدِّثُ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم سُئِلَ أَىُّ الْعَمَلِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ قَالَ “ أَدْوَمُهُ وَإِنْ قَلَّ ” .
Don’t forget to share your good habits and how you keep doing them in the comments
Written by: Ahmed Taha, Dec 2013
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