If you are in a home based business or network marketing company you will have been introduced to the world of personal development. Or you may be in any other profession or walk of your life and been introduced to this amazing world. Personal development means being a better version of yourself and taking full responsibility for your life.
Sounds good doesn’t it?
Lets look at the other side and ask a question…….
…..Is there a downside to personal development? To answer this question I will share some stories from my life with the intent it may help others.
My journey into personal development
I was introduced to personal development when I was about 27 and had been chosen to be a manager in the accounting firm I was working in. It was a requirement for everyone to do a 4 day live in course prior to becoming a manager.
In the seventies personal development courses were quite different than today.
I am forever grateful for this first course as I learned I was not a victim of life and that I had choices. It put me on a whole new path and way of living my life.
It was also through this network I met my husband. That was a real bonus.
The downsides for me of my first adventure into personal development.
- I tried to convert everyone I knew into my new world. I was over the top and way too “enthusiastic”.
- My family and many of my friends consequently thought I had gone crazy and I alienated many people who I love.
- I became obsessed if I had a sore thumb or any other simple ailment as to how I had created it. I made life very complicated.
Maybe none of these things happened or will happen to you but I have seen many others behave similarly when they first embark on this journey.
My advice to you when you start on this pathway is to remember you have changed and be respectful of others. Tread gently and don’t judge others who are not on the same path.
Over time you may need to move away from some people in your life as you may see they are not the best for you. Don’t rush this though settle into your new way of being.
My journey into personal development continues
It is many years since I embarked on this pathway and since then I have done many other courses, read and listened to countless number of books and worked with various practitioners.
I have also been part of a company here in Australia that promoted speakers who incorporated personal development in their teaching.
I found the world of Law of Attraction and have become a follower of people like Esther Hicks, Louise Hay and others.
You can see my path has been a long one and I would not change it for anything.
At this point in my life I have a challenge I am going through which I will share with you when I am through it. It has resulted in me questioning my life , my thoughts and what I need to change.
More downsides I have discovered for me and my personal development journey.
Because I have become such a positive thinker I gloss over things I should deal with. I have learned to swallow grief, push down anger and hurt thinking I am bigger than that.
The truth is that occasionally life presents situations that whether we energetically brought them on or not, they cause grief, anger, hurt, etc…
Oftentimes this is around the people we love, so we are loath to discuss it with them for fear of being judged and causing an upset. So we hold onto it and deal with it privately and it creates a inner sound loop that can be hard to break, so it festers and manifests physically… this explanation comes from my good friend Zen Devin. You can find her blog here to learn much more on this topic Inviting Abundance .
My intention in writing this post on the downsides of personal development is not intended to discourage anyone from embarking on this way of life. In my opinion we should all be striving to be the best we can be.
I wrote this post as I am discovering some of the pitfalls that have occurred in my life and talking to others I am not alone.
Enjoy your journey and remember to express yourself in an appropriate way – good and bad. Don’t push things down.
I would love to hear your comment below. Have you experienced any of the downsides to personal development I have?
Have an amazing day!
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