5 Practical Benefits of Personal Development
Over the last 2.5 years, we have seen over 200 young adults pursue personal development by completing the Lapid Leaders Experience. In the process, we have noted that personal development is a term that is often used but it is rarely explained. Personal development is about investing in yourself so that you can manage yourself effectively and achieve the goals that you set out, and be able to navigate life choices effectively. Personal development allows you to be proactive; to identify the life that you would like to pursue and put in place measures towards achieving that goal. Here are some of the benefits that we have seen many of our graduates from their pursuit of personal development.
Personal development begins with self-awareness. You get to know who you really are; your values, beliefs and most importantly your God-given Purpose. We have found that true fulfillment can never come from chasing other people’s dreams.
If you want to achieve lasting happiness, you need to design your life based on who you are, based on the gifts that God has endowed you with, and based on God’s Purpose for you. We have found that many people are living frustrating lives as they are not aware of who they are, or worse, are living out the life of others.
Through the Lapid Leaders Experience, we have seen many students embark on a journey to live out their true self. Self-awareness is the first fundamental step in the personal development process.
2. A sense of direction
Once you have raised you self-awareness, you are clearer on the things you wish to achieve from life. Decision-making becomes a lot easier. Tasks which used to take a great deal of your time, no longer make it onto your to-do list.
All the students are required to develop a vision board. As a result, you become clearer on the things that you need to invest your time in – from focused learning on your specific area of interest, to focused pursuit of mentors who would help you to achieve what’s most important to you, to a clearer purpose of even the short term goal and how they fit into the wider vision.
What you become in life is infinitely more important than anything you might get.
3. Increased Grit
While many people believe that talent is the most important ingredient to success, many psychologists have found that it actually is the levels of grit that determine the level of success of most people. There will be tough times in life. When these tough times occur, you need to have the skills and attributes to deal effectively with them.
Personal development cannot prevent bad things from occurring but it will help you deal with them when they do. As part of the Experience, the students learn to handle high pressure tasks. Through our heat experiences, we have seen many students develop a heightened level of grit. We have seen many of our students develop greater confidence, resilience, personal and interpersonal skills to cope with any eventuality.
4. More fulfilling relationships
Relationships are a double-edged sword. They either lift you up or drag you down. When you improve your personal development, you are better able to see which relationships are worth investing in and which need to be cut loose. You also develop the skills to make the most of those relationships which have the most positive impact on your life.
But perhaps one of the greatest benefits we have seen many students accrue from the experience, is lifelong friendships with people who have similar values, and a seemingly common wider vision.
5. Career Development
Personal development inevitably provides you with the tools you need to build an exceptional career. In particular, through the Lapid Leaders Experience you get the right learning, experiences and coaching you need to succeed.
The Lapid Leaders Experience focuses on three elements — Learning, Experiences and Mentorship.
Learning through a formal curriculum offered in the classroom — designed to help you build on your strengths, and acquire the skills and knowledge to keep your career moving forward. Experiences that put learning into action. These hands-on activities are defined and comprehensive enough to unlock your ultimate potential. Personalised mentorship that’s designed to transform your learning and experiences into new skills and insights through purposeful conversations and relationships.
We have seen many of our graduates’ transition with ease to the marketplace as a result of effective use of the learning, experiences and mentorship that they got through the Lapid Leaders Experience.
Adopting a personal-development mindset is about making the commitment to taking the time to invest in your greatest resource – you. When you put effort into developing yourself, the rewards are unimaginable. Sign up for the upcoming Cohort of Lapid Leaders here