You Have More Personal Improvement Processes Available To You Than You Realize
Have you stopped to look at the various methods available to you personal improvement? Wouldn’t it be helpful to understand the various personal improvement processes and what they will provide you, before you embark on your own personal development journey?
The Key to Personal Improvement Success
The key is to pick the personal improvement process that best fits your desired personal development outcomes and your situation. When you match the right personal improvement process with the right objectives, you will be surprised at how quickly and effectively you will achieve the personal improvement goals you want.
Each of the following ten personal improvement processes provides unique and different benefits. They all work extremely well when you match the right personal improvement process to your chosen objectives and when they are conducted under the right conditions for each method. Frequently, you can use several processes together to help you complete your desired personal development.
The 10 most widely used personal improvement processes listed in alphabetical order are:
The consulting process (Hire a consultant)
The counseling process (Hire a counselor)
The life coaching process (Hire a life coach)
The mentoring process (Engage a mentor)
The psychiatric process (Hire a psychiatrist)
The self-help process (Do it yourself)
The spiritual process (Hire a religious guru)
The teaching process (Hire a teacher)
The therapy process (Hire a therapist)
The training process (Hire a trainer)
Let’s look briefly at each of the ten personal improvement processes to give you a better understanding of what you can accomplish and how they work.
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1. The consulting process Consultants are recognized experts in their fields, who either sell their expert advice or perform their expert actions (or both) to complete a task on your behalf. Consultants are hired to solve problems for you. These problems are always external to who you are. Consultants will rarely affect your personal improvement. Some examples of consultants are attorneys, doctors, auto mechanics, and accountants.
2. The counseling process Counselors focus on helping people improve relationships with other people. For example, marriage counselors focus on assisting married couples improve their marriage relationships. Career counselors assist people to improve their relationships with potential bosses, bosses and/or hiring managers. Counselors are experts in their fields and are trained to discover real people and relationship issues and to educate and show their cients ways to improved their people relationship capabilities.
3. The life coaching process The reason you hire a life coach is to achieve your coachable goals. The reason your life coach coaches you is to be darn sure you do. Life coaches focus 100% on you. You become the center of attention. Life coaches are equal partners and are not experts.
Coaches assist you to improve and grow as a person as the means to achieving your life improving coachable goals. Life coaches assist you to become the “world’s leading expert on you” by providing you different, very objective perspectives about you and encourage you to take the actions necessary to achieve your goals. Life coaches hold you accountable to you so you can concentrate on actually implementing (executing) your chosen goals.
4. The mentoring process Mentors focus on providing you sage advice and wisdom gathered through experience and knowledge when you ask for their insight. Mentors can be considered a library of human knowledge in the particular areas of life they have gained expertise. Mentors normally focus on providing knowledge, understanding and direction, but have been known to help in your improvement as a person when you allow yourself to become the subject.
5. The psychiatric process Psychiatrists focus on helping you to overcome mental and thinking imbalances. They are medical doctor experts who provide medications, possibly medical procedures, and behavior change methods to adjust your mental activity back to as normal as possible. Psychiatrists focus exclusively on you improving as a person to get better control of your thinking and emotional activities.
6. The self-help process People who use the self-help process usually follow the advice of self-help books, Television shows, tapes, seminars, radio shows, and or Internet sites. When using the self-help process, you must provide the guidance, energy, support, wisdom, and direction to learn and do what you feel is necessary to accomplish your goals. You may act as your own teacher to train yourself, to become the expert to solve your problems, by acting as your own consultant.
It will normally take much longer to accomplish objectives using the self-help process than it will if you use any of the other people supported improvement processes listed above. Using the self-help process normally produces incompletion.
It has been reported that the average person reads only 16 pages of a self-help book. The what, the why and the how are undoubtedly all provided for practically any subject, but the actual execution without the help of other people is much more difficult than it appears. It’s apparent that people need other people to actually grow and improve as a person.
7. The spiritual (Religious) process Spiritual people focus on helping you to relate to another force or higher power outside you. They help you discover and follow a known or even new belief system of values to guide you in your moral and or spiritual actions. Usually, spiritual leaders are considered experts. They focus exclusively on you improving as a person within the structure of the spiritual beliefs followed. Priests, rabbis, pastors, or mullahs are considered spiritual leaders.
8. The teaching process Teachers focus on providing you information, data or concepts. Teachers are experts in their field. You are responsible for absorbing the information provided. Good teachers involve themselves in your learning process to be sure you grasp the information or concepts being conveyed and will focus on you improving your knowledge, your understanding of concepts and your ability to learn. Teachers also do not necessarily focus on improving you as a person. Teachers will not do the learning for you.
9. The therapy process Therapists focus on helping you overcome past problems that impede your ability to function in a normal day to day manner. Therapists direct you to revisit past events to discover and resolve conflicting issues that have burdened you. Therapists are experts in their field. Therapists direct their sole attention on you to resolve internal conflicts that will affect your personal improvement. A typical conflict therapists will help clients resolve is overcoming the mistreatment by parents.
10. The training process Trainers focus on teaching you how to perform something. Trainers are experts in their fields and teach you various processes, methods, and or skills, to do something in a predetermined manner. Trainers do not necessarily focus on you improving as a person. Trainers instruct you on what to do and how to do it. You might use a trainer to learn how to operate a particular computer program, or how to operate an airplane, or how to hit a golf ball.
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Adam Golightly says
My dad has been having problems understanding where he wants to go in life, in order to be more productive. He would really like to get some help from a professional in order to be more productive in his life. I liked what you said about how he can become the subject to improve them, and provide more knowledge, understanding, and direction.
Adam, Thank you.
We wish your dad the best in his efforts to figure out where he wants to go with his life. He might want to read our Coachable Goals page to learn more about what is really possible.