Personal growth and development is a powerful thing when used with the right mindset and learning tools. It can take you from ‘down in the dumps’ to sitting high on ‘cloud 9,’ but you don’t get there without a challenge. You need motivation and inspiration to move forward and propel you through the anxiety, depression, frustration, and the layers of dirty laundry strewn across the bedroom floor of your notorious 11-yr-old.
You see, I’m a mom of three very energetic, adventurous, and somewhat high maintenance kiddos. So I know the days of constant cleaning, de-cluttering, and disinfecting, all too well. And while nothing in this world can replace the love I have for my babies, I also know Anxiety and Overwhelm more than I like to admit. It gets tough being a mama; expending all your energy loving and nurturing those little ones into adulthood.
It’s so important, as a mom, to work on yourself at the same time you’re working on them. They feed off your energy and mimic your behavior. And that’s why I am sharing my go-to tools for personal growth and development with you. These are great ways to get started on your own journey of self improvement.
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Learning Tools for Personal Growth and Development
TED is essentially a video library of “powerful talks.” This is one resource that’s been around for years, and has grown to massive success. It has the ability to search by topic (personal growth, parenting, pregnancy), duration of the talk, and the speaker (if you know who you’re looking for).
Your local library is an amazing resource. I always check online for book reviews before heading to the library. And, if I don’t have time to browse, I can log into my library account online and place the book on hold and swing by to pick it up once they notify me it’s ready. However, there are some books that you’ll want to keep on your personal book shelf, like The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. You can check out my personal review here.
Podcasts are a great way to get in some personal development time while you’re driving, cleaning house, or working out. I enjoy putting in my ear buds and tuning in while I wash dishes and clean the floors. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the message and be done before you know it. Julie over at Hello Peaceful Mind has put together this great list of personal development podcasts to get you started.
4. eLearning Classes
Udemy has a great selection of courses for all types of self improvement. Whether you’re wanting to improve your marital relationship, need parenting motivation or just need a pick-me-up for daily living, they’ve got you covered. They offer courses for all budgets, as well.
5. Support Communities
With social media being so prevalent these days, it’s easy to find support communities for all aspects of life. You can search Facebook for whatever topic you’re interested in, such as mom groups, personal development in general, or something more specific like “parenting teens.” You can also search Google for personal development forums, parenting support communities, etc. If you want a more personal connection, support communities are where it’s at.
I hope you’ve found this list helpful on your journey of personal growth and development. Before starting my own journey, I had no idea some of these existed. If you’ve found other learning tools for self development that have worked for your lifestyle, please share them with us in the comments.