Personal Development and Self-Improvement:
Personal development and self-improvement are two sister plans addressing an individual’s growth in width in the former and in depth in the latter. The two are not absolutely exclusive of each other as quite a few of their procedural goals overlap extending into each other’s territories.
While personal development is geared more toward serving the needs of the corporate world, self-improvement primarily aims at fulfilling an individual within oneself emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
Both tend to extend and expand an individual’s human potential as far as one’s skill sets, knowledge base, psychological awareness and insight are concerned.
They Both Miss Something Crucial:
Being individualized in their approach, one thing that both of them seriously miss is the element of social awareness in them. An individual’s growth doesn’t mean much when the impending problems that the world is facing today are more social than individual.
And these problems are fast growing monstrous, threatening the extinction not only of humanity but entire life on the planet as such.
What To Do?
Of course it doesn’t mean that the modules of individual growth addressed by personal development and self-improvement are to be ignored outright, but the two do need to include social awareness within their individual awareness patterns.
We must make sure that personal development and self-improvement programs not only generate self-serving super-humans but also create responsible individuals facilitating super-humanity on the planet even by crossing over the boundaries of their narrow national interests if needed.
Areas To Work On:
Personal development and self-improvement programs work in the following areas in general:
- Skill Improvement
- Learning New Skills
- Developing New Talents
- Establishing Individual Identity
- Expanding Self Awareness
- Expanding Self Knowledge
- Career Enhancement
- Improving Quality of Life
- Health Improvement
- Weight Management
- Building Self Esteem
- Building Social Status
- Fulfilling Desires
- Managing Relationships
- Time Management
- Developing Purpose
- Stress Management
- Work-Life Balance
- Discovering Autonomy
An individual can decide to work on all these domains on one’s own or with the help of a life coach.
Peter Drucker in Harvard Business Review:
Here is what the celebrated management thinker Peter Drucker wrote in the Harvard Business Review…
“We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren’t managing their knowledge workers careers. Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer. That means it’s up to you to carve out your place in the world and know when to change course. And it’s up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive during a career that may span some 50 years.“
But it will all go waste if there are no companies left to give one such an unprecedented opportunity!
Mending World Problems:
Along with personal development and self-improvement programs we badly need another more important program that addresses managing the dark shadow of the impending world problems threatening humanity with grave consequences.
We immediately need to address the following monstrous problems if we really want personal development and self-improvement programs to bear fruit:
- Global Warming
- Food & Water Scarcity
- Inflating Population & Depleting Resources
- Increasing Disparity
- Increasing War Preparations
- Deteriorating Human Health
- Mechanical Education System
- Relationships in Peril
- Narrow Nationalism
Let’s hope our promising human potential is able to take up the challenge at both the levels, individual and social!
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