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Want to know a secret? Personal development is nearly a $10 billion market worldwide. But success isn't determined by how much money or time you spend on personal development tools online -- or elsewhere.

Your ability to be an achiever in a sea of victims and underachievers is determined by the tools you already have.

You just need to learn how to harness them. You may need to sharpen them if they're getting dull. And you definitely need to get out there and use them to make them stronger.

Let's explore the 7 must-have personal development tools you need to succeed.

 

1) Focus

Whether you're setting goals or executing a strategy, your ability to focus on what you want and how you plan to get there is key.

You can have the best schematics in the world. You might spend time or money on programs that are intended to help you succeed.

But if you don't have this essential tool in your toolbelt, then anything you do on the outside to develop will be a waste.

Develop your focusing tool by practicing mindfulness techniques. Challenge yourself by setting micro-goals and working to complete them.

Reward yourself for staying focused on your goals and growing in life, business, relationships and every aspect of life.

2) Proactivity

What do you want out of life? Do you just expect life to happen? Or do you become the change you want to see in your life and the world?

Are you co-creating your destiny?

In order to experience real personal development, being proactive is essential.

A proactive attitude helps you anticipate the future because you help create it. You have the power and the control when you proactively design your life.

Evaluate the present. Design a plan. Then work that plan to achieve.

3) Compass

A compass doesn't tell you which way to go. Its indicator is always pointed north. You may want to go south, northwest or take a detour along the way.

You decide where you want to go and your compass helps you stay on the right path.

As a tool, your compass is your passion in life. Whatever that is, every step you take works to align with that passion.

What's really important to you? If you don't know, it's time to sit in a quiet place and have a talk with yourself.

If you don't have a compass, then you'll get pulled in a million directions and never get anywhere fast.

But with this tool, you always know the path to take because it's aligned with your passion.

4) Networking

No man or woman is an island.

Studies have shown that people with a network of friends live longer. They're 60% less likely to suffer from obesity. They have stronger brains and memories than those without a network.

If connecting with people doesn't come naturally to you, then networking is one of those personal development tools to strengthen.

We're naturally social creatures. If you think you're not, it's time to rediscover this part of you.

Find opportunities to let your guard down. Spend time doing activities you enjoy with other people.

Develop lifelong friendships and thrive.

5) Attitude of Gratitude

Maybe your life isn't all that you wish it could be. That's why you're searching for personal development tools. But a major step to achieving what you want in life is being grateful for what you already have.

Put more gratitude in your tool chest by making lists of things you're grateful for. Read these or recite them each morning.

If you find yourself slipping into a negative mindset, bring out your list. Read it. And meditate on it.

Approach each day as a new day to be grateful. Look for ways to be thankful even in the face of seemingly bad occurrences.

Go beyond the "it could always be worse" mindset. That's only a half-way measure. It's often tinged with just a sprinkle of cynicism.

It's a step in the right direction. But it's not where you want to be.

Instead, focus on the many things every day that you do have to be truly grateful for. Through harnessing the power of this tool, you'll find what it means to develop, grow, and enjoy life.

6) Growth Mentality

People with a growth mentality learn from their mistakes. They see opportunities where others see roadblocks.

When they fail at something, they don't wallow in shame -- even if their family and societal norms say that they should.

They define the strength of their characters by getting up, dusting themselves off and figuring out how to do better.

One of the most important personal development tools you can use is your ability to focus on the positive to bring out more of it.

Every obstacle is an opportunity to grow as a person.

7) Managing Change

They say it's the only constant -- Change. It's inevitable. It's often painful.

But when managed, change is more often evolution than de-evolution.

Even when change is mostly out of our control, we still control how we respond to it. When change bangs on your door will you welcome it or hide in the closet?

Sharpening your change management tools will help you identify the positives in every change. You can always come out with the advantage when you manage change effectively.

Personal Development Tools for a Better Life

You've already got the tools you need. You have the innate ability to stay focused. You have a compass even if it gets foggy from time to time.

If you've been living your life on auto-pilot for too long you may have forgotten how to use tools like gratitude and managing change.

But you can sharpen these tools by living with deliberate purpose.

To learn more about how we can help you harness these tools to create the reality you want to live, take the first step today.

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