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Personal growth: Too much theory; not enough action March 22, 2017

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

One of the defining characteristics of many personal development programs is that they instill a feeling of a future-focused optimism in us in which we embrace the concept that there will always be ample time to accomplish what we want in reaching our self-improvement goals and potential.

But unless we manage our personal growth priorities efficiently, there actually will not be enough time.

Much time can evaporate without significant personal improvement actually happening.

This happens when too much of our available discretionary time is sucked into the theory-bubble of how to improve ourselves.

We overspend our available time reading, watching, and listening to various media about personal development.

It gives us a feeling of well-being, and that’s important.

But we can fall into a trap of having too much passive learning/study input compared with a small amount of output in our goal-directed actions.

We can reverse this tendency by taking action each day on the principles we have already learned in our self-growth programs before we spend time learning new principles and approaches.

Action first, theory later.