| StressPro™ (ID# A1974275 for Sample Person on April 1, 2015)
ACTION RECOMMENDATION #2|
Personal Development (cont'd)
Some of your answers to the questions about your Personal Development could legitimately be called Growth Opportunities. Also, continue to build on any Strengths outlined above in order to enhance the level of Personal Development that you have already. By continuing to do what you are already doing well, you will be more able to benefit from the Growth Opportunities that were identified by the following questions.
I do not plan enough time for the activities I really enjoy.
Just because an activity is fun, doesn't mean it will happen unless you plan for it and make it happen. To get your enjoyment agenda back on track:
* Plan for one activity you know that gives you solid satisfaction with a relatively small investment of time or effort.
* Set yourself up to really enjoy it by visualizing the pleasure you'll get as you do it.
* Commit to and protect this personal time on your calendar.
* Make sure you budget enough time so you are not just 'squeezing it in'. If you are prone to procrastinate, get a friend involved with you.
* Enjoy the results of your planning and make personal time as important a part of your time management as your work is.
I make sure that I frequently take time for my own interests.
Over 90% of healthy, satisfied adults have a 'third space' in their lives which is 'time-for-me' beyond what they give to work and to family. Being refreshed by visiting that third space does not require a lot of time. It can be your enjoying your drive time home from work, a monthly poker game, or a once a week relaxing aromatherapy bath. To create and be re-energized by your third space, take these steps:
* Identify the activity and the times that you want at the heart of your 'time-for-me'.
* Frequently vividly visualize yourself enjoying them.
* Commit that you will visit your third space tomorrow or very soon. Develop an affirmation to repeat to yourself as you enter that space, like 'My drive time shows me new things every day'.
* Redecorate your space as you go, e.g. explore a new route for driving home.
I frequently get involved with opportunities to develop myself personally.
Most often we neglect our personal development for two closely connected reasons. First, we don't know where to start or what to do next and second, we're not sure just how strongly interested we are in developing which aspect of ourselves. Here is a mental exercise to help you pick and pursue a truly motivating personal development plan:
* Imagine that you are away on a brief vacation by yourself and you've planned just to spend a day doing nothing more than relaxing by the pool.
* While there, you meet a person you know who you deeply admire and whose life you know is very interesting.
* The two of you get very involved in a conversation about important personal things which lasts four or five hours.
* Afterwards, you feel that it was the best time you've had in a long time.
* Now, ask yourself what topics and interests did you and they discuss together? What were the one or two themes that ran throughout your discussion?
* Write your answers down. What you wrote down is probably pointing to those aspects of yourself you want to develop. Now you are ready to pick and pursue a great self-development experience.
Notes-to-Myself for my Personal Action Plan
The most important things I've learned from this section of StressPro™ for improving the Personal Development dimension of my lifestyle are ...
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