You’re in grind mode building your business step by step daily.  Making connections, following up on hot leads and closing contracts. Playing the game of being an entrepreneur, all the while losing a little bit of you every day. In the full scheme of wanting to be your own boss, manage your own schedule, and getting pulled into someone else’s agenda, you begin to lose the essence of who you are and why you started this journey. 

It’s for those reasons and many others, why building the professional side of who you are, it’s equally as important to continue strengthening the personal side.  Personal development is essential to function at your highest potential to conduct business on a more optimal level.  

How does your personal development play such a critical aspect and feed into your professional development?  In short, it’s the very foundation from which you move and operate in your business or your career.  

The legendary entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said it best: “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development.“ And yet, as “grinding it out” entrepreneurs and business owners, we often sacrifice, far too often our personal needs in favor of working one more hour or one more weekend.  It’s no wonder many of us aren’t fully satisfied with where we’re at professionally. We keep ignoring what’s staring us in our face, the essential personal component that helps drive those great results we’re chasing after.

In researching this topic I came to the conclusion that there are some specific steps I would suggest you begin doing on your path to personal development: 

1. Get Quiet.  This could include prayer or mediation. Whatever method you choose to quiet your mind and regain a level of focus or calm in your life.

2. Change Your Language.  Affirmations are a great way to start changing your language that you speak toward yourself. It helps you to begin speaking more positively about what you want and who you desire to be and what steps it will take to get there.

3. Visualize It. Visualizing your ideal outcome can trick your brain into thinking you’re already there and even reduce your drive to do the work needed to achieve it. The key hear is to actually see the end goal from the beginning, then craft the necessary steps to get there.

4. Start Moving. Exercising increases your blood and oxygen flow to your brain boosts your cognitive function as well as your mental and emotional capacity so that you can have the clarity needed to make every day count.

5. Reading. Invest in reading self-help books and articles that are thought provoking and increases your focus on continually improving yourself. Consistency is the key in each of these that you decide to do. Whether things are going great or no so much, keep reading to gain additional insight towards your personal development

6. Write It Out. Keeping a journal can also boost your personal growth, especially if you keep a daily gratitude journal in which you write down three things during the previous 24 hours for which you are grateful. 
You can take these steps one at a time, by the time you’re done, you’ll find yourself focused, more in tune with you  – and ready to make great things happen.


Delmar Johnson, as a leader, author, speaker, consultant and coach, I serve from a place of authenticity.  If you are seeking to add value to your next event, retreat, or training, and need a speaker to talk about building a team on a budget, engaging your employees more, personal and professional development, or empowerment, I would love to do that because HR is My Ministry,and I don’t mind showing my human side too.