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Personal development and professional success are always equated, especially if you are a business owner. In order to attain success in your business, you must first develop yourself. Here are tips to attain personal development and professional success:

1. Silence. This can include meditation, prayer or both — any method to quiet the mind and regain calmness and focus.

2. Affirmations. Often misunderstood, affirmations are effective when you think positively about the thing you want to be or the goal you want to achieve and about the action steps that you need to take to get there.

3. Visualization. Simply visualizing your ideal outcome can trick your brain into thinking you’re already there — and reduce your drive to do the work needed to achieve it. The key is to bring your end goal back to the present day and envision yourself doing the necessary work at the moment to ensure that your long-term vision actually comes into being.

4. Exercise. Increasing blood and oxygen flow to your brain boosts your cognitive function as well as your mental and emotional capacity so that you can have the clarity needed to,“crush every single day.”

5. Reading. it is important to read self-help books and articles to stay focused on continually improving yourself. Consistency is the key here. Often entrepreneurs stop reading when things are going well. But if you read just 10 pages per day, which might take 15 minutes, you can get through approximately 18 200-page self-help books in a year. Think of what all that insight could mean for your development!

6. Scribing. Keeping a journal can also boost your personal growth, especially if you keep a daily gratitude journal in which you write down three things during the previous 24 hours for which you are grateful.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-bowen/the-link-between-personal-development-and-professional-success_b_6769484.html