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Personal development skills refer to the qualities that help you grow as a person, personally and professionally. These skills help you nurture your development and help you maximize your potential. This is also known as self-development or personal growth.

These personal development skills are important because they allow you to create plans for growth towards all your goals. They can help you achieve career goals, improve your strengths and talents, and find fulfillment and satisfaction in life.

1. Self Reflection

In order to improve your personal development skills, you need to be aware of yourself and how you can improve. Practice self-reflection every day and ask yourself what you need to work on. Reflect on what is already good about the way you live, and what could be better. This way, you can focus on specifically what needs to be improved.

Dubai neurologists say that self-reflection is one of the best ways people can start their journey to improving self-development skills. It provides the framework of what you need to improve in terms of personal and professional life.

2. Read a Book Daily

Books are a wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom, and the more books you read, the more you learn and expose yourself to. When you read a book on a daily basis, say every day, you’re giving your mind more knowledge and a better understanding of how the world works, as well as the people in it.

3. Find New Hobbies

Learn something new and fun so that you’re pushing yourself to get out of your comfort zone. Look for new hobbies that you can pick up – this could be a sport like golf or football, or even recreational hobbies such as cooking or graphic design. New hobbies can help you adopt personal development skills you didn’t have before and will push you to improve on them.

4. Ask for Help or Feedback

It’s very hard to be 100% self-aware. There will always be blind spots in our lives and we may not know what we should be improving or not. Asking for feedback from others will provide a new perspective. You could ask family or friends, colleagues or even your boss – it’s likely that they will be unbiased and will be able to objectively tell you what they think you can improve.

5. Acknowledge Flaws and Imperfections

Of course, everyone has flaws and imperfections. It’s vital that you acknowledge them so that you can understand them and work on bettering yourself. This will tie into self-reflection. What are some of the flaws you recognize? How do you want to work on them?

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6. Stop Indulging in Bad Habits

Additionally, we all have bad habits that we can’t seem to knock. Whether it’s overeating, smoking, or biting your nails, we need to at least try to stop indulging in habits that we know aren’t good for us and don’t benefit us in any way.

7. Overcome Your Fears

Fear prevents humans from progressing forward in life. Public speaking, for example, is something that many people are afraid to do, but it’s important that you at least try to get past your fear. Doing things that you may not be comfortable doing will help you grow and learn as a human being. Find a mentor who can help you progress and who will help you build confidence. If shyness is something that you struggle with, try starting conversations with strangers or introducing yourself to new people.

8. Meditate

People tend to meditate in order to gain clarity, as well as reduce anxiety and stress. Meditation is known to help people focus on goals and self-development in positive, healthy ways that allow them to succeed. Schedule meditation once a day – this could be done before bedtime or even on a lunch break.

9. Write in a Journal

Writing in a journal or diary will also help with self-awareness and help you reflect on events that happen throughout the week. How many times you write in the journal is up to you, but writing down recent events or conversations can help you reflect on the decisions you’ve made. If you don’t want to maintain a hand-written book, you could try out blogging!

10. Work on Listening Skills

Being active listeners is something people commonly struggle with. Paying good attention to what other people are saying is part of being a good communicator. Concentrate on what people are saying so that you can respond well and remember the information being said to you. This will help you a lot especially in the workplace.

11. Be Honest with Yourself

If you’re only talking about change but not actively working on it, you’re being dishonest with the people around you and yourself. It’s hard, of course. It’s easy to just say you’re doing something when you actually aren’t. You have to be honest with yourself and truly work on what you want to improve.

12. Reduce Time on Social Media

While social media is fun and useful when it comes to killing time, remember that you could be spending this time on other activities that help you grow as a person! You could focus on new hobbies or connecting with loved ones with who you haven’t been able to bond within a while.

13. Let Go of the Past

If there’s anything in the past that still makes you feel unhappy, it’s time to let them go and move on with your life. Holding on to past events only prevents you from becoming a better and happier person. Learn to forgive yourself and others so that you can move on. It will be empowering, liberating and will result in a better and happier you.

14. Be Kind

There’s no such thing as being “too kind”. Most people don’t even show enough kindness to the people around them. Being kind helps us build on compassion and patience and helps us grow and become better human beings.

15. Commit to Your Personal Growth

There’s no point embarking on this journey of growth if you don’t commit. You are responsible for your own personal growth and it’s important that you actively commit to growth and work on habits and skills that you know can be improved. By working on the steps mentioned above, you will see results and start seeing positive changes in life. Keep in mind that results may not be immediate, but you have to take it one day at a time and take the initiative to improve your life overall.


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Harry Horgan

Dr. Harry from German Neuroscience Center in Dubai is a UK-trained Clinical Psychologist, originally from Ireland. He completed his master’s degree in Health Psychology with the University of Ulster and completed his doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. He has almost a decade of experience working across a diverse range of mental health and other specialist psychology services in Ireland and the U.K.


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