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The positive bias to action within personal growth April 10, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development, Goal Setting and Realization.
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One of the criticisms sometimes made against the personal growth and development movement is that its practitioners are idle dreamers who “think” more than they “do.”

From what I have seen, however, believers in the enabling potential of personal development realize this and proactively put this concept into practice on a daily basis in a number of ways:

  • Believers are introspective and actively think about their behaviours and attitudes and look for ways to improve their lives and the lives of those around them
  • Those using disciplines such as The Law of Attraction and the Power of Intentions usually recognize that action steps are also required for success
  • They set goals and keep track of their progress
  • They often make comprehensive plans for their programs and map out plans for achieving success
  • As part of their overall efforts they recognize that “Knowing where to get knowledge and how to make the best use of knowledge is part of the self-help skill.”

In his book Handbook for the Positive Revolution, Edward de Bono makes the following point:

“Instead of just hoping that tomorrow will be better than today, we can do something today that will make us a little better when we wake up tomorrow than we were yesterday.” *

Believers in self help do are “doers”; instead of just “hoping” that tomorrow will be better, believers  take steps to try to make something positive happen.

Further Reading *

Edward de Bono, Handbook for the Positive Revolution, Viking Penguin, New York, 1992, 176 pages



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