• Personal development
    • Personal development

      Many people are dissatisfied with the superficial materialistic lifestyle. Deep down, it ultimately fails to be enough. As a result, you start searching for that “something more”.

      The Human Potential Trust has clearly identified what is required to bring about significant change. We know what you need to learn in order to progress and make life better. We also know what is likely to frustrate change - what needs to be unlearned. Astonishingly, this crucial aspect is ignored by others who claim knowledge of personal development.

      What frustrates change?

      People have more psychological baggage than they usually care to admit. Emotional pain is experienced during childhood and, later, as an adult. Defensive barriers are erected and you try to avoid areas of life that might repeat any painful experience. A childhood sense of adventure soon becomes replaced with the “I can’t, because…” excuses. You learn to cope with disappointment, dumbing down. As the years go by, an overall mediocrity is accepted; there is a tendency to become comfortably numb and this is normalised.

      This dumbing down effect makes achieving a significant breakthrough in human potential harder to achieve. Escaping the normal mindset is easier said than done. A clear appreciation of this is part of any changing process.

      Values normally held are ditched if they clash with the defence/escape strategy. It is avoidance at any cost. Excuses hold you back from learning. The old is continually reinforced. Awareness becomes selective or stunted. You hear what you want to hear, and see what you want to see. Anything threatening your “safe” view of life is thereby controlled and usually avoided. Reality is distorted. Evasion develops into being a friend, when it is actually an enemy.

      The “I want more” mentality entertains and distracts. There is always something new to desire. The grass looks greener on the other side. All of this helps turn attention away from the bigger picture of what is going wrong in the world and what needs to be done.

      Despite some clear knowledge being widely available, there is nevertheless a huge amount of misunderstanding about what human potential actually is and how it can be achieved. People have been trying to change themselves for the past few thousand years, yet the self-orientated mentality persists and genuine success seems elusive. Part of the problem is the blind leading the blind. A common tendency is to play at changing, dumbing down any serious resolve to excel. There is a mess of “alternatives”. In reality, most people get nowhere; at best they wander in the foothills of change, when there is actually a mountain to climb.

      Actions speak louder than words

      It is often believed that having an interest in personal development is enough to bring about change. It isn’t. If there is some claimed inner progress, this must be challenged and demonstrated through improved outer action.

      Although a person may be searching for that “something more”, the problem of “me, me, me” still persists. This produces a contradiction and the likelihood of self-deception. Hypocrisy is the cancer of anyone who has thoughts of becoming a better human being. So there is a massive need for an anti-hypocrisy test. We suggest that “actions speak louder than words” is the only way forward.

      We offer a world-class e-learning course - free-of-charge - about the 16 key factors that combine to produce outstanding attitude. Please email us now for an Introduction to the course to find out more. Additionally, for further information on how to change and make life better, we suggest you read Avoidance Doesn’t Work by Iain Scott (our director). 

      Set up for change

      Again, this is not a new subject. But it is one that has stalled before it properly got going, long-since stuck in its juvenile stage of development. Today, it is littered with mumbo-jumbo, irrelevancies, and confusion. There is an urgent need for clarity and precise education, leading to a mature understanding and application.

      The important work of The Wildlife For All Trust (our “sister” charity) offers a practical and appropriate structure for service that is fully in-keeping with the development of human potential principles. Real change in the form of step-by-step progress becomes possible and achievable.

      Wildlife For All’s projects are very successful and highly impressive. What makes our approach different from that of any other organisation is our emphasis on the psychology of attitude. We are genuinely pioneering.

      We understand that the “me, me, me” mentality limits project effectiveness and efficiency. By contrast, we appreciate that qualities such as self-honesty and integrity are important. Our training encourages team members to be the best they can be.

      We manage our own nature reserves in Sussex, England, and in South Africa. See www.wildlifeforall.org for further details, including interviews.