There can be many obstacles to the real happiness that comes from personal development, but there are many wonderful tips that can help you overcome any obstacles in your path. Take a good look at the tips in this article and find the ones that will help you progress and achieve success.

Before you can respect others or be judged worthy of respect, you must first respect yourself. If you take care of your own health and happiness, you can then overflow into the lives of your loved-ones and colleagues to lift them up as well. Putting others ahead of yourself only happens once you have found your own identity.

Learning a new skill is a great way to stretch yourself and improve the quality of your character. What's more, perfecting a hobby, technical skill or artistic form may be challenging at first, but if you master it, you will gain a sense of accomplishment, purpose and enjoyment. What's more, you add to your pool of leisure activities and make yourself a more rounded human being.

When trying to stay positive through your self help process, take the time to look at your surroundings and admire everything that is great about life. For example, the sun provides the entire world (and more) with energy, you should take simple things like this to provide you with positive reinforcement.

Generalizations are the enemy of your self-improvement and success. Examine your thought processes to see what negative, general beliefs you hold about yourself. If you say in your mind that you "always fail," etc., this is not accurate. Even if it was only one time, you have succeeded in the past! Remind yourself that the future is bright and self-improvement is possible.

Believe it or not being too nice to others often means not being nice enough to yourself. Part of personal development is fulfilling the obligation to self and this cannot always be accomplished when you are at the beck and call of a dozen individuals. You need to put yourself at the top of your list of priorities, and then tend to others.

Don't just talk to yourself, listen! Keep a journal and detail the thoughts you have as you process through your steps to personal development. You might find that overcoming old habits makes you angry or scared. By listening to your internal and external narratives, you'll be able to identify areas that need extra attention.

When researching in the category self development, it is important to stay positive and keep your self esteem up very high. When working on yourself, you will sometimes run into obstacles that try to knock you down. This is why you must always remember to stay strong and keep your head up.

Inspiration is critical to self-improvement. We can be inspired by books, ideas or historical figures. We can also look to living role models in our own lives to show us a path toward self-improvement, happiness, purpose and success. By looking outside and above our circumstances, we give ourselves a high goal to strive for, as well as an example of someone (a role model) who actually accomplished such great dreams.

To give yourself a fresh perspective expose yourself to new ideas and new experiences. Experiencing new things, even in an unrelated field, will make you look at things in a completely different way. This can jump-start your creative juices and the new perspective may help you find new solutions to old problems.

Exercise is often used as a way to get help. This isn't for the purpose of feeling better about yourself or even to lose weight. However, going to the gym or running, can let off a lot of stress and frustration, which could otherwise build up and turn you into a very bitter person.

Putting these tips to use will take you closer to the real happiness that you deserve. Your personal development will be enhanced if you choose even one of them to make your own. There is no need to let any of the obstacles in your way, prevent you from achieving success.

Author's Bio: 

Cee Harmon is founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine . He enjoys encouraging people to achieve their dreams and improve the quality of their lives -- spirit, soul and body.