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Personal Development All-in-One For Dummies (UK Edition)

While working on personal development, having some key information on hand can be invaluable. Keep these useful reminders and guidelines at the ready to assist you in your self-improvement.

Ten Healthy Attitudes for Personal Development

People who hold rational philosophies are generally less prone to emotional disturbances, such as anxiety and depression, and are more readily able to solve problems than others. Here are ten rational philosophical standpoints that are good for your psychological health:

  • Assume emotional responsibility: you feel the way you think.

  • Think flexibly.

  • Value your individuality.

  • Accept that life can be unfair.

  • Understand that approval from others isn’t necessary.

  • Realise that love is desirable, not essential.

  • Tolerate short-term discomfort.

  • Enact enlightened self-interest.

  • Pursue interests and act consistently with your values.

  • Tolerate uncertainty.

Ten Life Coaching Beliefs for Personal Development

This list gives you ten truths about yourself that you can use to replace any old, unhelpful beliefs such as ‘I’m lazy’ or ‘I never succeed at anything’. At first you may find it hard to hold these new beliefs about yourself, but persevere to make them come true for you:

  • You Are Unique. ‘What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.’ (Henry David Thoreau)

  • Your Whole Life Is the Canvas for Coaching. ‘I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything all at the same time.’ (Oprah Winfrey)

  • You Hold Your Own Agenda. ‘You will recognise your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.’ (Jenny Gillies)

  • You Are Resourceful. ‘Don’t be timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.’ (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • You Are Capable of Great Results. ‘Change your thoughts and you change your world.’ (Norman Vincent Peale)

  • You Can Generate the Right Solutions for Yourself. ‘All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.’ (Galileo Galilei)

  • You Are Free From Being Judged. ‘Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.’ (Zig Ziglar)

  • You Can Make Powerful Choices. ‘If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want and all that is left is a compromise.’ (Robert Fritz)

  • You Take Responsibility for Your Results. ‘It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible but also for what we do not do.’ (Jean-Baptiste Moliere)

  • You Trust Your Senses. ‘As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.’ (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Ten Applications of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

How can you use NLP in your day-to-day life for personal development? Here are ten suggestions to get you thinking about applying NLP in your own life. Choose what will make a difference to you:

  • Develop yourself.

  • Manage your personal and professional relationships.

  • Negotiate a win-win situation.

  • Meet those sales targets.

  • Create powerful presentations.

  • Manage your time and precious resources.

  • Be coached to success.

  • Support your health.

  • Connect to your audience.

  • Get that job.

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