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It is important to think about personal development in your life. However, you might think that you do not have time for it because you already give so much time to your family everyday. It is important that you do take time for yourself and develop areas that you want to improve. Read this article for some suggestions.

Keep a gratitude journal. This is a great way for you to realize that your life isn’t as bad as you think it is. Come up with 10 things every day to feel thankful about and write them down. After a while, you won’t have to think so hard because you’ll begin to develop an “attitude of gratitude” that makes you appreciate your life.

Learn to find a balance between drive and caution. Hone your ability to assess the risks involved in opportunities that come your way, and then ask yourself how much you want the reward. No pleasure comes without some risk, but not every reward is worth it. Save your time and energy for what matters most to you. Set a reasonable and achievable goal to focus on. From a personal development standpoint, you may want to set a short-term goal achievable in a few years and a long-term goal for the direction you want your life to go in over time. Whether your goals are professional or personal, having a clearly defined result helps you set a development plan.

You can try writing yourself a motivational speech. On a postcard, write down all of your best qualities. Keep it with you, and pull it out if you are feeling discouraged. You can also try videotaping yourself reading your positive self-affirmations. Replay the video on a daily basis, as well as when you need to hear some positive news about yourself. Why not?

When you continue to improve yourself, you become a wiser and more skillful person. Personal development not only benefits you, but it will benefit your family and other people whom you influence. Continue to look for ways to learn new things and improve yourself, and you are sure to reap the rewards.

Think about the way you feel when you make your resolutions, and try to capture that feeling year round. Now that you’ve read these tips, you know plenty of things that will help you better yourself. Use this article to make every day of the year, feel like a fresh new start.