The third area of wellness on the wheel of health is personal and professional development. I believe curiosity and learning are essential for feeling our best. I also don’t necessarily view personal and professional development as separate. While there may be very specific skills you are interested in improving in each area, chances are they have generalized applications.
For example, you may be interested in improving your drawing skills, but this also comes in handy the next time you need to use your right brain, creative self in troubleshooting in your business. Maybe you attend a budget training at work and realize how helpful and applicable this is to your personal finances as well. The more you can generalize and apply knowledge and skills to all areas of your life, the more integrated they will become.
Now let’s look at a few ways to know if a learning opportunity is a good fit for you…
You can commit to it in a way that does not cause you strain or stress in other areas of your life and you have communicated your interest, plans, and expectations to anyone who may be affected.
You don’t know exactly how yet, but you suspect it will link your story together in a way that creates more ease in your life.
You are genuinely curious about exploring it and you get excited about the prospect of allocating time and energy to learn more.
It also satisfies other needs you may have for connection, solitude, nature, etc.
You reasonably have the time and energy to allocate because you have prepared by clearing mental and physical space.
To get started, pick an area of focus you are curious about right now and start with free, easy, and daily commitment to exploring it. If you learn you are highly passionate about it then you can add in a larger commitment either weekly, monthly, or other.
Once you are committed and have a regular practice I recommend creating and sharing something of relevance.
Keep it fun, challenging, creative and pressure free. The point is to create more depth and richness in your life, not to overcommit and add more stress. Ideally spending a bit of time in this curious, developmental state will help make all areas of your life more enjoyable as you get an energetic charge from investing in yourself.
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Resources used for this episode:
The Mindful Diet by Ruth Wolever, Beth Reardon, and Tania Hannon
Yours In Health,