What is Personal
When people talk about personal development,
they can mean many different things.
In a business context people may
mean developing new or existing skills, or
developing existing strengths to increase our
employability and usefulness in economic terms.
Human resources departments may embark on personal
development programs to help develop the required
competencies for the job. So courses are provided for
people to build their interpersonal skills or develop
stress management techniques for example. Corporations
may also use personal development programs as a
means to manage change and develop a corporate
When looking for increased productivity
people also speak of self improvement. This can
be about becoming the person that you aspire to be - to
be confident or to lose weight for example. We all
have dreams and aspirations and the self-improvement
approach aims to improve yourself so that you can succeed
in society, to be good enough. Self-improvement is more
about improving knowledge, skills and behaviour, to
make you competent at something.
For others though personal development is
a deeper concept - much more about who we ARE rather than just
what we can DO. To develop who we are, increasing our
self-awareness and self-knowledge is a
vital part of our personal
Personal development is also more than just self-help.
Self-help has traditionally been about fixing something that is
'wrong' and using self-help books to do
Personal development is much wider than this though
as it is not necessarily a solitary process. We can also
help other people to develop and so the relatively new
profession of life coaching has
Personal development, unlike self-help, does not need
something to 'fix', there does not have to be something wrong.
In this sense everyone can benefit from some personal
development. Whilst there are stories of people growing and
developing after dramatic periods in their life which they
sorted out with some self-help, it is not necessary
to have a named neurosis or problem in order to
At Being More we believe that we are all
really into personal development and not self
improvement. We do not believe that any of us really
need to be improved, because there is
nothing fundamentally wrong with our
Yet we are in a constant state
of developing in order to fulfil
our potential. We believe that personal development
is the unfolding of ourselves - just as a bud opens and
the rose unfurls. Our essence and our potential are
already there and we develop and unfurl through
being more ourselves - through being
more our Self.
So even if we are not into personal
development, self-improvement or self-help, we are
constantly in a state of change and development. The
influences from outside constantly challenge and require
a response. We do change whether we like it or not.
However many of us will do so unconsciously. Personal
development, as an undertaking, encourages us to do so
This unfolding of ourselves lasts a
lifetime, so there is always more to learn,
explore and discover about ourselves - if only we
choose to look.