The aim of personal development is to grow as an individual. To become the best version of yourself.
Being the best version of yourself takes work. It takes time, and thinking, and reflection, and action and patience.
Personal learning needs support and guidance. Being guided through personal development is one way to enable that growth. That’s why we go to yoga retreats, seek out personal trainers, get a life coach or an executive coach, and seek professional advice from those who have trained and become qualified/certified to know what they’re talking about.
How do you continue to personally grow when you feel that you’re already a good person? How are you finding ways to thrive? When did you last really appreciate your partner? Your children? Your friends? Whom did you last say thank you to, and express that gratitude? When did you last think about your personal strengths and what more you can do for yourself?
For decades, authors have written books on self-development, personal growth, and the self-help industry has exploded into something we readily accept as needing in our lives. In a lot of instances, the examples of self-help are driven from a place of considering specific behaviours / attributes. E.g. How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In recent years, psychologists have brought their research to the fore, and these have proven to be more valuable and insightful than those early writings e.g. Flourish by Martin Seligman, or Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.
In this programme, I’m going to take the best of the research from psychology, to deliver a personal development programme steeped in current thinking, reflective practise, and shared learning experiences.
What is Three Good Personal Development Programme?
It’s a 20 week programme. I know, right! 20 weeks!
Well, you see, personal development takes time. If you want to give it the right focus and attention it deserves, it will continue long after 20 weeks, and become a set of thinking and behaviours that you re-visit time and again many times over.
So, yes, 20 weeks!
It’s a mix of:
– Modular learning – Each month, we’ll be covering the topics below. Each session is 2 hours long, and we take the time to go deep into the topics, learn well and have open and reflective discussions.
– Shared learning – We learn at our best when with a safe group to learn with and from. We’ll be using Slack as a the digital platform for our shared learning.
– Personal learning journal – From the first week, you’ll be encouraged to start some form of personal learning journal. That can take whatever form you need – written, audio, video.
Who is the programme for?
- Has an interest in psychology and human potential
- Wants to learn evidence-led and research-based models and theories
- Has started other personal development courses, but not found anything lasting
- Has some understanding of personal growth, and wants to learn more
- Has an interest in improving their own resilience and wellbeing
- Knows they want to go through personal growth but not sure where to begin
- Basics of Positive psychology
- Importance of reality
- PERMA model
- Cultivating positive emotions
- Importance of gratitude
- Finding your Third Place
- Examining your Relationships
- Overall health awareness
- Personal reflection and goal setting
- Developing deeper insight into community activism
- The art of appreciation
- How to express emotions in healthy ways
- The practise of mindfulness
- The language of progression and development
- Empathy and connections
- Vulnerability and self-acceptance
- Reflective practise
Quite a comprehensive programme as you can see!
The monthly modules will be recorded so you can access them whenever is convenient for you.
In the online community, we’ll be sharing additional content and having shared discussions with others.
What kind of theories are we going to be learning?
This whole programme is mainly designed and influenced by research and evidence from the field of positive psychology in particular. It’s been a field of study within psychology over about the last 20 years.
This field in particular has avoided personal opinion when it comes to personal development and growth, and really sought to understand from a research point of view, what are the things we can learn, that we can develop, that we can grow, that enable us to be healthier individuals and better contributors to society.
There will be no pseudoscience, no fake news, no personal opinion. It will be well informed, and designed to be an ethical programme.
Importantly, this programme will not advise directly on medical or mental health needs. Sukh is neither a medically trained professional, nor a mental health professional. Although we will be discussing topics related to those areas, you should seek the advice of your general practitioner or mental health professional for those needs.
What does social learning mean?
There are many theories about how people learn. One of the accepted insights is that we learn best together. Modern technology means we can connect with others who are interested in similar things as us and learn from one another. For example the online knitting community, or online gaming community are prime examples. People willingly share videos to help others learn and to discuss what they’re doing and how they’re doing it.
In this programme, we’ll be taking that same idea and applying it to personal development and your personal learning. Slack is a free to use app, which can be used for private conversations like the ones we’ll be having on the programme. In there, we’ll be able to share documents, research, videos, podcasts, and all sorts with one another. Importantly, we’ll be able to actively discuss these things with each other in a safe and private forum.
What is reflective practice?
Reflective practice is a technique where you take the time to reflect on yourself, your emotions and your actions. By doing this, you are able to think about specific scenarios, understand how you feel and react in those scenarios improving your self-awareness. The practice of reflecting in this way helps you to better think about different parts of your day, the relationships you have, the time you have by yourself, and what you think and feel about yourself.
On the programme, we are going to do this in a number of ways. The journal is one way. Another will be on the Slack group, where each week we’ll be discussing our reflections. Doing this with a support group means you are able to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.
Who is running the programme?
The programme leader is Sukh Pabial. Sukh is an occupational psychologist, and for the last 17 years has been working in the field of learning and development. He actively uses insights from psychology to design and deliver workshops and strategic leadership development for organisations. His expertise in the field of personal development comes from personal study in positive psychology, emotional intelligence, resilience and wellbeing and over the years delivered training courses on the subject, delivered many presentations and talks on the topic, and has a podcast dedicated to the area.
What do I get at the end of the programme?
The programme is not accredited by any university or research organisation. It’s a personal development programme based on widely available research and evidence.
Consider if you work with a personal trainer at the gym, you don’t get a certificate at the end of your work with them. Or spending time with a therapist, you don’t get a certificate for completing the therapy.
What you get is 20 weeks of time to reflect and think about your personal development. You may not even come away with answers, but you’ll certainly be on the path for continued self-learning and self-discovery.
What are the fees?
If you’re interested in the programme, it will be £350 (+ VAT) per person.
The fees are non-negotiable. If you cannot pay by PayPal through Eventbrite, contact Sukh directly for payment via bank transfer and invoicing.
Once you have registered, you have 3 weeks from the date of the booking to cancel your booking after which your booking is non-refundable.
The cost is at a low price for a few reasons:
1. I want this programme to be as accessible to people as it can be
2. The programme costs are low, so I can pass that on
3. Inclusion matters. Personal development and growth isn’t just for people who can afford it.