In this article, family means the relatives that are closed to you. The family can consist of your parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins, etc. Of course your children and spouse or partner are considered family as well.
The family support is really crucial for your personal development. However, the problem is everybody has their own opinions and sometimes those opinions are conflicting. While some family members underestimate the importance of personal development and think that it does not worth spending time on personal development.
Conversely there are family members who really want to interfere in your life journey. You will find that there is a very thin line between being encouraged and taking control your personal development. The vital factor is to maintain balance between self-development and being supported by the family. Do not blame family members when you are failed.
Deliberate damage is a different issue which you have to know in your family. This happened when your relatives see your development and they are envious of your success. These people might start criticizing you unnecessarily, which might hurt your feeling.
Before you start your personal development plan, it is necessary to identify which part your family members can get involved and how far they can interfere in your life. For the family members who are not really supportive, try to avoid sharing too much information about your plan. Count on those members who are reliable but have to be careful when choosing their advice.
Try not to alienate the family members who are closed and nice to you. Do not put yourself in a high pressure situation to achieve your goals. Keep in mind that personal development incorporates all aspects of life and that a negative factor to your development could affect the balance of your growth.
Ensure that the time you invest in your self-development does not take away from your family. This is absolutely correct if you have children who depend so much on you. They can consider your growth to be selfish and will do the same thing when they grow up.
A popular rule of thumb is to always be thoughtful of those who are beside you and give you constructive advice when you encounter problems. For instant, your parents may think that your desire for personal development indicates that they were somehow not good mother and father.
While your mother and father could not express these feeling because it is quite sensitive, convince them that you simply want to be a better person than who you are now and that their unconditional love has given you lots of support. Confirm that without them, you would never have been competent enough to consider developing yourself.
Set one of your personal development goals to be more encouraging of your loved family. You will be amazed how great the encouragement you will receive.