Start with Mindset

By: Liz Cooper

The other day, I was presented with a question that sent my mind spinning in a million directions.  The question was this: “What is the first step I need to take to start my journey of personal-development?”

I immediately thought, well crap…. First-step?  Is there really a first step to something so complex?

I paused to consider all the ways I’ve jumped on the personal-development wagon. I have…

  • Read countless books and blog posts on the subject.
  • Talked to dozens of individuals in a wide range of occupations about the topic and gleaned a TON of helpful information, some of which I still remember today.
  • Set goals.
  • Written lists of “things I want to do by x date”
  • Journaled on my development opportunities…the list goes on.

While all of these tactics are worthwhile endeavors, there is something even more essential to hone in on before setting out on a personal development quest…mindset.


It seems really simple right?  And in some ways it is, but if you don’t have the right mindset and you head into “personal development” waters, you’re going to have a tough time keeping your head above water.  So what’s the mindset?


Open to looking at yourself in a new way.

Open to hearing how awesome you are in certain areas.

Open to hearing the areas where you need some work.

Open to learning new strategies and ideas that might conflict with the way you’ve been doing things for years.

Open to the truth that this self-development thing lasts a lifetime.  And it should.


It’s certainly nothing profound, but when you maintain a posture of openness, the self-development efforts are a lot easier to embrace.  So, “What’s the first step when starting a journey of personal development?”  Start with mindset.

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