Self Development

The first post is by Aleena Miles, a participant on one of the ‘Living Life to the Full Wellbeing Courses’ in 2017.


We all have many challenges. Life is one big challenge and that can make it exciting. In the near future I want to improve my relationships. If you have any good advice I am ‘all ears’.

The term self development may sound selfish but at some time or another we all wonder “What is this life all about? What am I here for?” After a long time and I arrived at this conclusion “To live as well as possible and to be the best ‘me’ that I can be.” Why do I think this? Well, if I can be a better person, I thought, it will not only improve my own life, but it will also improve the lives of everyone around me to. Everybody in my life will benefit, some in very small ways, and some in greater ways depending upon how much contact we have. In a dream-like scenario, imagine that if some, most or all the people in the world could become happier, healthier, and nicer to others, would that make the world a better place? I think so. This is justification enough for me to continue with self development. As in the words of a well known song “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.”

I think there were (and are) many things about my thinking, behaviour, appearance, environment, relationships, and my life in general that really do need improvement. To encourage and to motivate myself further I find that it really helps if I sometimes look back and think about what I have already managed to do. During the last 2 or 3 years I have already experienced some success with this improvement physically, mentally and socially. “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” said George Bernard Shaw. Self development is an extremely creative and worthwhile project.

Esther Ridsdale




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