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Personal Growth: How often do we practise what we learn? April 3, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal growth.
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By Dennis Mellersh

If we aren’t vigilant we can spend a lot of time being perpetual students of personal development media as opposed to actually putting concepts and principles into practice.

This can happen all too easily in those aspects of self-improvement involving our human nature and emotional instincts.

It’s generally easier to implement personal improvement programs involving a practical skill set such as learning a new language, taking a course in creative writing, or a night school class in oil painting.

It’s hard to imagine a young artist taking courses in how to improve his painting skills, and then not putting the skills learned into practice in the next painting he undertakes.

Yet the same artist studying self-improvement could find it difficult not to envy and resent the success of a fellow artist who has been working at her craft for much less time than he has.

Intellectually, for example. we realize the need for developing patience.

We’ve read the books, such as Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

But, we might still be fidgeting and internally complaining when a slow line at a retail store moves even slower as an elderly lady carefully counts out most of the change in her purse to pay for her purchase.

We’re learning about developing patience, but some of us still have more internal work to do in putting the concept into practice.

And, if we don’t put in the effort and spend time investigating how to implement the more difficult emotion-focused personal growth concepts we study, our “learning” will be rather empty.

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