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Obstacles To Personal Development

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Between your children and your aging parents, it can be easy to lose who you are in the shuffle. The need to take care of others is something that never ends and can leave you feeling exhausted. It is important to do things for yourself to keep you happy. This article will give you some great ideas to help you to reconnect with yourself and show you how to work on your own personal development.

Toxic relationships. Negative people who bring you down should be eliminated from your life if you are serious about personal development. Say goodbye to people who are miserable; misery loves company and you'd rather support your positive changes by surrounding yourself with empowered and progressive people. Spend some time alone if necessary, in order to understand what you need from people and what to give them to foster healthy and productive relationships.

Procrastination. Plain and simple, the phrase "live like you are dying" is the best philosophy to live by. When we are in the habit of putting things off until tomorrow, they forever go unaccomplished. Learn to seize the day by reaching small milestones that add up to better habits and higher productivity. Each day, get something valuable off of your personal development to do list, or do something to get you that much closer to it.

There are twenty-four hours in the day and that can seem like hardly enough to get everything accomplished. Try to set aside at least thirty minutes for yourself each day. Take a little while to kick your feet up and relax, read a couple chapters in a book or go shopping. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as it is making you happy. The half hour will help you to recharge your batteries and feel ready to confront the rest of the day.

Thinking positive is the key to happiness. It is easy to let negative thoughts and people bring you down, but they only can if you allow them to. Don't succumb to the negativity and keep on with the positive thinking. Staying positive and happy will undoubtedly rub off on those around you for happiness is contagious.

Another coping mechanism that you might find comforting is to approach social situations with a friend or trusted loved one. Not only can your companion help you calm down if you become anxious, but you can observe the ways that your friend interacts with others. Having a model for healthy social behaviors can help you develop your own ways of interacting with people as you become more comfortable in social situations.

One of the most effective ways of overcoming your social anxiety is to seek help from a professional. A licensed therapist or counselor can work with you to identify your triggers, if you haven't done so yourself, and they can tailor your therapy to your specific needs. Be aware that there are many different philosophies when it comes to therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy has proven to be one of the more effective ways of dealing with fears and phobias.

While you may never be "cured" of your social anxiety, you can certainly learn to manage it by using coping skills. Use the tips in this article to identify your fears and seek help in learning to manage them. One day, you may face social situations with confidence and courage.

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