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Personal growth: What if we were born with an owner’s manual? July 26, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Personal Development Potential.
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Would our personal development efforts be a lot easier if we were issued a personal, customized owner’s manual or video at birth?

Our personal owner’s manual would probably be much like the self-improvement materials in various media that we are already familiar with.

We can easily imagine some of the chapters and the details of the contents on such topics as self-actualization, building self-esteem, achieving goals, developing confidence, realizing our potential, profiting from failure, improving our health.

The point is, in maximizing our personal growth possibilities, we already know, for the most part, what is required of us.

We just need to do it.

That’s the hard part.

– Dennis Mellersh

Personal growth: The natural speed of self-actualization July 20, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal growth.
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Despite our human inclination to want speedy results in all that we do, the pace of personal development is slow and gradual – if it is to be meaningful and lasting.

Improving ourselves – whether it is spiritually, intellectually, or emotionally – is an evolutionary process, not a revolutionary one.

Self-improvement is not an exam that we can cram for, not a hundred yard dash, and not a box we can check-off with minimal effort.

Personal development results achieved very quickly are usually likely to be superficial and not long-lasting.

We can make a quick decision that we are going to improve ourselves in various aspects but the path to success is winding and not short, with both ups and downs.
As Dr. William B. Terhune observes:

“Patience pays big dividends. Patience is the ability to wait until events run their course, knowing that if you do, your opportunity will come; luck will turn your way. Success is largely a matter of being able to await the opportunity patiently, and then seizing it avidly.” (1)

(1) William B. Terhune, M.D., in his book Emotional Problems and What You Can Do About Them

— Dennis Mellersh