Personal development is a personal thing (that’s why it’s called PERSONAL development). In this journey of personal development I made a list of things that I wanted to work on and little did I know that when I started the happiness project that it was actually part of my personal development. Over the last few months (if you have been following along) I have been working on 1) Boldness 2) Relationships 3) Health and wellness 4) Fun and adventure 5) ethics 6) Commitment/Discipline and 7) spirituality. During my exploration of my values I have learned so much about myself. As I continue my happiness project I will continue to explore values that are important to me.
As I have explored each value, I have researched and read about the different subjects to learn more about them. I use what I think will help me to develop a better set of values as well as understand what other people are experiencing. But as I read and research these values I remind myself that my perception, experience and thoughts are completely unique. What is important to me might not be important to someone else. For example, I find journaling my experience with the happiness project to be very fulfilling, to someone else it might mean nothing at all. I would still encourage anyone to develop their own happiness project though, it has been such a wonderful experience for me and hopefully it would be for you as well.
Berne Brown talks about getting outside of our comfort zone and being vulnerable. She talks about how being vulnerable is at the center of the most meaningful human experience. When I take chances and do something that is new that is meaningful to me I can show up and say that even if I fail, I tried. This project is something that I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try. And at the end of the day I have to be true to myself. Pursuing the things that are important to me. I face the difficult roads, the new experiences, and the values that are important to me with an open mind that is exciting and new. These values might not mean anything to you (or maybe they do) but I will continue to work on them as I work on me. I will strive to improve, to learn, to grow and develop. If you are on this Happiness journey with me, remember, To Thine Own Self Be True.