Being a woman in this day and age is not for the faint of heart. The pressure to do it all, while looking perfect, maintaining the home and reaching for the top in the workplace (not to mention while dealing with unequal pay and sexual harassment), when do we get a second to focus on us?
There’s a reason why the sayings, “you can’t pour from an empty cup” and “put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others” exist. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves, this will impact all facets of our lives.
As a wife, mother, employee and my own business owner, I resisted personal development for a long time. I thought people who listened to motivational podcasts and read self-help books were “out there”.
So what changed?
I realized I was in a place where all aspects of my life were good, but not great and the only thing standing in my way was me. I started with one book, of which I’d read a few pages every single day. Realizing how long it took me to get through one book, I decided to give audiobooks a try. Listening to something in the car on the way to work, on a walk or at the gym allowed me to take in more personal development during times when I’d otherwise just be listening to music or sitting in silence.
Little snippets would start to change my thinking, or motivate me, or lift me up on a down day. I started to learn business tips, life tips, and shocker, I started to look forward to listening to personal development.
Soon, I made sure to start each day with at least 15 minutes of some sort of content that would help me be a better business owner, wife, mother, or human in general.
Funny enough, today I’m known as the girl that “lifts people up and encourages others” and I can’t tell you how many messages I get where people send me pictures of them holding the latest self-help book I’ve recommended on social media.
Personal development content can come in many different mediums. The good old fashioned book, podcasts, audiobooks, YouTube videos and blogs are the main formats I enjoy. The best part? A lot of this content is free! I love searching YouTube for Ted Talks and other motivational content. For me, my favourite source is Audible. It is a paid format, but I love the option to listen to audiobooks right from my phone, anywhere I go. A few of the books I tend to recommend as starting points: “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis, “Get Over Your Damn Self” by Romi Neustadt and “You Are a Badass” by Jenn Sincero. These books are great places to start for women who are new to the personal development realm and are the ones that got me hooked on personal development in general. Most recently, I’ve started getting into podcasts because they’re often shorter formats (and less of a commitment than an entire book). I can definitely say personal development has impacted my life for the better and is something I recommend everyone, especially women, make time for.
Do you partake in any personal development activities?