How Personal Development Training Helps Entrepreneurs In Business

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Rochelle van Rensburg

We are living in a world where change is the only constant, and when it comes to the way we see ourselves and our personal development, this is no different. There are more personal development courses available now than ever before.

We also need to assume responsibility during the process, according to the late Jim Rohn, businessman, and motivational speaker. There are many aspects, some internal and some external, that can determine development. Even if the external factors can not be controlled it is important to take responsibility so that the power moves into your hands.

To Rohn, Earl Shoaff, his long-term mentor, was his inspiration. “If you want to be wealthy and happy, learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” was one of Shoaff’s greatest shots of wisdom taken by Rohn.

What you change into in life is far more important than anything you could receive. When you work on a task, venture, or develop your business, “What do I become?” is a good question to ask yourself on a daily basis. Sadly, too many people ask questions such as, “What am I getting out of it?”

As you can guess, the possible answers to these questions are quite different— the former can direct you along the highest, most imaginative and motivating routes.

The latter lets you either concentrate on:

  • What you may not get.
  • The physical things you may get that really don’t matter.
  • Thoughts that will just make you miserable.

That being said, many of us shy away from the concept of a personal development course. Oddly enough, the notion of becoming a better and happier person is viewed as some pointless pursuit. Yet we all want this, however, and we avoid it because we shy away from personal accountability. We are also intimidated by the thought of confronting all our inner junk and we would rather not.

Although all of us can benefit from developing and growing ourselves through no matter what type of people we are, effective personal development training is particularly crucial for entrepreneurs, due to the challenging nature of their responsibilities, their goals, and the pressure they are under in order to make their businesses a success. The most successful entrepreneurs of our time all make time for personal development in their lives.

Let’s take a look at a few foundational skills and personal development training that would be beneficial to all entrepreneurs dreaming of making their businesses a success.

Breaking through limiting beliefs 

Everything we believe will pave the way for all we do in life and will determine the outcome of our experiences, and successful entrepreneurship involves following a set of values that a lot of people don’t hold. If they do, they’d be happier and live the life they really want, not the one they think they’d have. If you weren’t lucky enough to grow up around people with an attitude geared towards achievement, personal accountability, and prosperity, you’re carrying hundreds of things that can impede your professional success and keep you going through the crippling fear, doubt, and anxiety that most of us encounter. This is why completing a personal development course on breaking through limiting beliefs might not be such a bad idea.

Changing patterns of self-sabotage

The concept that we do things intentionally to hinder our progress seems to our conscious mind to be absurd. Nonetheless, this is not the part of our brain running the show. That’s the unconscious brain, and it doesn’t make sense.

All kinds of strange things are sabotaging our professional success, like fear of added responsibility, disappointment, criticism, or becoming more successful and wealthy than the people in our community for fear of how they will treat us. We also have habits, such as laziness or indecision, that block our progress.

The goal is not to become some personal development guru, but if you want to thrive as an entrepreneur, you’ll likely need to make a conscious effort to focus on the aspects of yourself that stand in the way of the success you’re aiming for.

Managing stress effectively

Stress is unavoidable and you are likely to experience high levels as an entrepreneur. Anxiety from planning your company, run it once it launches, worrying if you’re going to succeed or not, coping with unforeseen roadblocks… the list goes on. Pressure can be very damaging to your business goals and you’d think more of us would make a more concentrated effort to alleviate anxiety for something so destructive, but many of us don’t. We’re just lamenting and letting it overtake us, instead of taking a personal development course that will give us the tools we need to deal with things properly.

By not engaging in stress management, be it through mindfulness, personal development training, yoga, deep breathing or just exercising regularly, you won’t be able to achieve and maintain the mental state needed to run your company effectively.

Stress distorts our outlook, it makes us feel like things are negative and pessimistic, it makes our self-sabotage. While you’re sure to have moments of not feeling great, it’s important to do whatever you can to mitigate them or to reduce their frequency if they happen.

Developing your time management skills

Focus on maximizing time. Many entrepreneurs would agree that they are busy. But it is a difficult skill worth learning- to be “busy” with the right things. There will always be things to do in your business, but concentrating on the right ones is where you can work to improve. Start by concentrating on the big rocks.

What are the most important things you need to do to keep your business going? Then add in the smaller, less important issues that still need to be done but are not necessarily crucial. Learn how to say no to all the things that you don’t really need to do on your to-do list.

Last note:

Coggno has an extensive list of online personal development courses.

You can have a look at our free courses here and our course catalog here.

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