Dr Sherrie Campbell is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of clinical training and experience. Apart from providing counselling  and psychotherapy services she is one of the top writers for Entrepreneur.com and hosts her own Radio Show. As an author she has published 3 books.

Recently I came across a document she wrote on “The 7 ‘Senses’ of Self-Development” which I found riveting and really worthwhile to read and consider. Working with numerous clients who are on a path of self-development I have gleaned important truths she highlights.

Dr Campbell writes, “The most fulfilling path to success and personal fulfilment comes through the pursuit of your own self-development. The radically successful immerse themselves in self-development, they are passionate about their self-education and improvement and hold a belief that they can only learn if they are willing to risk themselves personally and professionally”.

She believes that life’s experiences enable one to become proactive in the challenges one faces and that making a commitment to your own development is “the first step on the path to living your personal legend”.

Her document, which I attach for you to read, highlights the 7 ‘Senses’ that individuals need to acknowledge, understand and employ. They are:

  1. The Sense of Self
  2. The Sense of Curiosity
  3. The Sense of Direction
  4. The Sense of ‘Follow-through’
  5. The Sense of Urgency
  6. The Sense of Resiliency
  7. The Sense of Connectedness

The document is rich in truths that we should embrace such as:

“Self-improvement begins with a keen awareness of who you are, your values, beliefs and the larger purpose you wish to pursue. The experiences you have in life can only have true meaning when you seek to understand them. As you gain a more solid sense of who you are, you become ready to start planning, designing and pursuing your own identified goals and objectives”.

“It is important to have an unquestionable thirst for your advancement and for adventure. Curiosity inspires you to push through the usually painful trials and errors. Curiosity creates a longing to know more and do more. It inspires that energy which makes it possible to see all situations as opportunities for your advancement. Without a sense of curiosity it is impossible to grow”.

“Having a direction improves your ability to prioritize. You know which objectives are important in the short term and which are necessary for the long term. With a sense of direction you become focused and effective. There is nothing more organizing to an effort than being focused. Direction provides commitment”.

“Even when the tasks are not enjoyable, seeing the benefit of following through on them, makes it easier to motivate yourself into taking the necessary actions to achieve your set goals. Your idea of success and the vision of what it will look like is where you grab your incentive to always through”.

“A sense of urgency drives inspiration. Urgency creates the mindset to work as if your life depends upon it, especially if you have fewer resources than others. Urgency causes you to act quickly when making decisions – it motivates you to get results quickly and efficiently”.

“Personal development cannot prevent all bad things from occurring but it helps you deal with obstacles as they surface. Resiliency teaches you never to view any challenge as the end of the world. Resilience allows you the patience, awareness and fortitude to continue moving forward, even when that means completely changing course”.

“When you improve your personal development, you are better able to see which relationships and partnerships are worth investing in and which you need to cut loose”.

Her final paragraph is both illuminating and challenging:

“Many people are put off by personal development because it is viewed as a weakness or shows you do not already possess the skills necessary for success. But if you assume you have it all, you will not be happy or successful. The greatest achievers in life and business know the key to success is their ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations. That ability comes through personal development”.

Enjoy reading the attached document.


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