There is a spiritual art to the idea of personal development. This is a complex, multi-faceted concept that is not for the faint of heart. Personal development in your craft, discipline, gift, talent or any passion requires a rude awakening to the design of destiny. The design yields a definite mandate for development in order for one’s purpose to be effective and functional. The hard, core truth of the matter is many people desire personal development and have no defined purpose. The unfortunate of this cruel reality is there is a high deficit of undeveloped and unstructured gifts, talents, passion and purpose. I term this The Development-Deficit (The D-Deficit); side note: book in progress. I believe more individuals would engage and endure a development process if they appreciated their own significance and valued the building.

It is important to understand what is meant by “development” in this blog series considering the word development can have several meanings of application. For the purposes of these writings, the two-fold definition noted by the online dictionary explains development as 1) a natural progression from a previous, simpler, stage to a later, more complex or adult stage; 2) the process of starting to experience or suffer from an ailment or feeling. Take note that personal development involves progress and suffering. This is sometimes difficult to digest if you struggle with change and challenge.

Development of any kind deals with a pre-existing foundation. This is a course of maturity that involves suffering, psychological recourse, self-esteem (or lack thereof); self-confidence; and self-efficacy. Simply stated, this is heavily internalized and requires a receptive, transformed mentality regarding feedback and refinement. I hope to share in the next several blog posts my thoughts and experiences with the dynamics of personal development. If the core of your being is dysfunctional and weak, your phases of development will be an incomplete work formulating you as a statistic of the D-Deficit. ~More to come. . .