I am a big promoter and supporter of personal development. In fact, I was a development consultant for a large Fortune 500 company in my past work-in-corporate-America life. So I know the value of continually developing. But there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”.
Let me explain…
When trying to launch a new business or grow your existing one, it’s wise to seek out the leaders in your industry and learn from their experiences and research. This can save you valuable time and help you avoid costly mistakes. But the caution comes in having too many “voices” in your head. It’s called personal development overload and it can block creativity and stagnate forward movement.
While all of the information you are receiving can be extremely valuable, you may begin to feel that it’s become a part-time – or even a full-time – job just to keep up with all of it. You may then begin to feel overwhelmed and eventually give up all together on personal development.
I don’t want that to happen to you. So what’s the answer?
You have to narrow it down. You have to make choices. Pick two to three silent mentors (mentors you follow from afar) within your industry that you really resonate with and follow them. It may be tough to identify who stays and who gets cut, so here are some questions you can answer to help in identifying the right mentors:
- Who do I feel are genuinely interested in my development?
- Are they authentic?
- Am I gaining practical tips and information that I can apply?
- Do they seem to understand where I am in my journey?
- Who are the ones I gain the most value from?
- Who would I miss most if I no longer heard from them?
Once you have narrowed your list down to two or three, then get involved! Sign up for their newsletter or RSS feed, comment on how their posts have helped you, participate in their webinars and classes, and then consistently apply the tips you receive to help you personally develop and grow your business.
There is one caveat. Personal development is just that…personal. No one but you can decide how you can best develop. While some may encourage you to follow a popular leader, you may find a different path to follow. Kudos for you if you do. In the end, it’s about getting better while avoiding personal development overload.
I hope this post has helped you. If so, leave me a comment and let me know how. I wish you the best in identifying your mentors and I hope I make the cut. 🙂