A lot of people seem to have a singular idea of what procrastination is, but that idea never really seems to match up with reality. When we think of procrastination, we imagine someone simply sitting around and doing nothing when they really should be doing something specific. While this is sometimes the case, there are many other ways to procrastinate.

When we think of personal development, we usually think of taking a course or developing a specific skill, and while these do develop us as people, they don’t develop who we are as people.

When we talk resolutions and goals, planning is the single greatest roadblock on anyone’s journey. We have great intent to ‘do the thing’ and we may even get started on it, but somewhere along the line, it quietly fizzles out.

I started the year by focusing on personal development, though I have been focusing on it more intensely these last few weeks because I know that, as the year wears on into February and March, life has gotten fully back into gear, with the rhythms of our schedules taking over, and our resolutions soon forgotten or pushed to the wayside.

I recently used the metaphor of a stagnant pond to discuss what it is to halt your personal development – equating a stagnant pond to a person who isn’t growing. Normally, when people discuss personal development, they assume we are talking about skills training for work. This is the easiest way to grow, but there is a difference between skills development and personal development.