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Your Personal Development Plan: Include These 10 Qualities

By Mormon.org
Young Woman Outdoors Thinking About Personal Development

Personal Development

After birth we spend our days growing, changing, and hopefully improving. The following are 10 qualities to plan for and develop in yourself that will ensure today is better than yesterday and that tomorrow improves on today.

Knowledge

Life’s purpose is to gain knowledge of all kinds—intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical. In your quest for personal development remember that we get to take knowledge with us when we die, so go ahead and stock up—but remember the importance of seeking knowledge that uplifts and inspires versus depresses and disheartens. 

Virtue

Virtue encompasses all righteous traits. To be virtuous means doing the right thing even when it’s unpopular. Doing the right thing can be uncomfortable in the moment, but it provides peace that lasts.

Faith

Are you facing insurmountable obstacles? Any action you plan to take in order to develop personally will require faith in the foreseen outcome. But faith in God can get you over the most difficult hurdles of life and even leave you smiling when you look back at the journey. Jesus promised that with God all things are possible (see Mark 9:23).

Temperance

Temperance is a nearly forgotten word that means moderation or self-restraint. In our world of consumerism, reactive responses, and instant gratification, it’s not surprising that temperance is rarely spoken of. When we’re temperate, we take a calm approach to life and we avoid excesses of all kinds.

Patience

The often quoted Serenity Prayer alludes to the value of patience: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This sage advice reminds us to be patient with our circumstances and suggests focusing on what’s in our control. The result of perfecting patience: serenity.  

Kindness

Everyone is fighting a battle, and kindness soothes weary souls. The Golden Rule is helpful here. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Charity

Charity defined by the scriptures isn’t the same as the modern definition of giving to the less fortunate—it’s defined as the pure love of Christ. Humans are very responsive to this purest form of love. When developing charity, we’re learning to love like the Savior.

Humility

Want to be spiritually smart? Get humble. Humility allows us to learn things that are unavailable to us when our pride is in the way. Accepting that you don’t know everything and that God does help you gain access to a world that has all the answers.

Self-Worth

Feeling good about yourself is vital. You’re a child of God. There’s divinity in you. When you love yourself and recognize your value, your unique talents will begin to shine and you’ll be able to use them to help others realize they’re children of God, too.

Diligence

Have you heard the quote “Everything yields to diligence”? Never give up on righteous endeavors. If at first you don’t succeed—try again. By developing diligence you’ll learn that you’re more capable and talented than you ever dreamed.  

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