3 “Great Myths” of Personal Development (And How To Truly Be Free)

There are still quite a few “myths” out there about what personal development is really all about… And it’s definitely time to let go of the old, false misconceptions and beliefs about what we think personal growth can “do” for us, and embrace the TRUTH about what it means to be on this very special and sacred journey of self discovery.

It’s a journey that never ends, but fulfills the deepest longing we have as human beings to really KNOW who we are at our core.  And when we understand more about who we really are, we stop creating and perpetuating stories of struggle… and we can let life flow through us in incredibly magical ways!

I just returned from a personal growth event in Costa Rica… And I’d love to share my insights and reflections with you about the myths and truths of personal development and why I’m so darn passionate about it!  Click play to hear more…

So what do you actually “discover” along this journey?  Well… again, that’s for YOU to experience for yourself!  But let me tell you… you’ll feel a deeper sense of personal freedom, authenticity, creativity, love, power, wisdom, and connection with all of life. And it really can’t get any more beautiful than that!

I’d LOVE to hear from you!

What does personal growth mean to you?  Leave a comment below and “share the love” if this video had an impact on you today.  Thank you for being you!

Yours in Awakening,

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Michael December 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

Hi Katie,

SILENCE: Practicing the art of silence allows us to really connect with our inner selves (soul), and subsequently our soul to connect with the divine. The idea is to attain a PURE heart.

Recently there was a programme called THE BIG SILENCE on the BBC where 5 volunteers took time out of their hectic lives to stay at a Monastery for 2 days, followed by an 8 day SILENCE at a Jesuit Spirituality Retreat.

The Abbott compared 20 minutes per day silence to food. If we neglect to eat, we become ill. Likewise, if we neglect to nourish our souls, we become ill.

The Jesuit priest said the silence begins with listening. Listen to the stars, the candle and whatever is around you. Just listen!

Some began to find a part of them that they never knew existed whilst others just could not do it, even broke down. It would seem that even though PD is for everyone, some are more in-tune and open to it than others.

It’s interesting to note that all the different flavours of Personal Development in the world seem to resonate deeply with each other and have a lot in common. The main differences being the approach or technique and the desired out come.

So for me, my personal development is to seek, find and listen to my maker. Only by doing this can self actualise, be happy, be good :) and live out my life purpose.

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Karen Marrow December 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm


I really enjoyed this video. I have always loved this area and have always been drawn to personal growth.

I do believe we are a spiritual being and are already perfect, whole and complete just the way we are. And we are really every day remembering who we really are.

I also feel we need to love ourselves just the way we are so our true light can shine through, like you say.

Thanks, Katie!




Joe Shaw December 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm


I agree with you. So much of what we experience in business is just an outflow of who we are inside. Thanks Katie!
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Thomas Loftus December 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Good to see you back from Costa Rica in fine spirits. Must have been some trip!

Part of our journey to self-discovery involves seeing how wanting someone’s love will never fill the void or longing we have. This has been true in my case. No matter how much I believed in the Jerry Maguire “you complete me” model, I never found true happiness. Even when I was in relationships with beautiful intelligent women, I was still unsatisfied because I hadn’t discovered who I truly was. No woman could ever teach me that.

Anyhow, thought I’d share it with you, hope you’re having a great day and hope to hear lots more from you ! Take care,

-Tom L.


Jacob A Kaufman December 17, 2010 at 4:11 am


The idea of personal growth has been festering inside for many years. With these three “Great Myths” you certainly block open the door to my own journey of self-discovery. There are many facets of our personal presentation that we tend to hide as we are unwilling to expose ourselves to the ridicule that so often follows self-revelation.
Keep on keeping on Katie I appreciate all you are.



Henway December 17, 2010 at 4:51 am

Personal growth to me is just improving all facets of your well being and life from finances, relationships, and intellectual/mastery of skills. It also involves contribution to society.
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Aymee Buckhannon December 17, 2010 at 9:26 am


You are so passionate about what you do, it’s clearly your calling. For me, personal growth is about embracing your strengths and finding creative and effective ways to express them. Your insights about personal growth being about truth are quite enlightening. Thank you for sharing this.

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Damayanthi December 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Hi Katie,

I can see how passionate you are of this subject of personal growth. I think most of us don’t take the time to think about who we are, why we are here, what’s the purpose … etc all those questions because we are too busy doing other things.

I think it is an absolute necessity that we take some time out to go within & explore. This is not an easy thing, sometimes we don’t want to face the truth. (this is how I feel)

What I can say about your post is that it reinforced some of the beliefs I had about personal growth.

Thank you Katie


Linda Paull December 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm


I really love this and I am with you on the idea that personal growth is about unravelling the BS that we have learned to live with (or have been programmed to live with) to find the real you underneath. It’s really trues that we shouldn’t let fear, insecurity and ego rule our lives. It was Jesus who said we should all just step into the light. What a pity there are so few of us who really understand what this really means.
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Dr. Bob Clarke December 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Great video, Katie.

I love the new team member who tells me that they just want to get to the marketing and making money stuff, they’ll get to personal development later. Then its up to me, as their mentor to help them understand that the reverse order is what’s needed.

Work on yourself first, make yourself better and more valuable and the money will follow you.

Thanks for these myths. Great reminders going into the new year.
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Bud Corwin December 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Hi Katie,
I really enjoyed watching and listening to this video. As always, you outdid yourself again. I think you and Jonathan Budd should run for President and Vice President of these great United States of America. You both have your heads on straight and could do a much better job than what we now have Think about it. Thank you so much.
Bud Corwin


Robert Clark December 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Awesome video Katie! Personal growth to me is a combination of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
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Pete December 19, 2010 at 2:15 am

The peace within can be seen by others.


Benjamin Whitten December 19, 2010 at 8:06 pm

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.


Alison December 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Love it! Succinct and elegantly put. thank you


Steve December 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

The last 4 years, I worked hard writing a book in my extra time. It was a liberating experience for me as I have experienced “the flow,” and “Eureka” effects so many times. It’s a self-help book dealing with depression – with createspace Amazon. The book is nearly finished. How to I go from there? I know that even if you have the best book, promoting it in the web is the most difficult and important function. I now very little about promoting my book on the web.

thanking you in advance for your guidelines.
Any of your products that can help me ?



Kyle Riegle December 22, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hey Katie,

Great post! You really gave me some good insights to help describe personal development. I totally get what it is but the whole “fixing yourself” really resonated!




Kyle Riegle December 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Leaving another reply but I wanted to thank you again.. I blogged about the same topic on my site…
check it out!
Also set you up with a few backlinks!

Thanks so much for you great inspiration Katie!

Kyle Riegle´s last blog post ..The 3 “Myths” of Personal Development


Elmar Sandyck December 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Hi Katie!

I’m glad I came across this video post of yours as the year is about to end. This is a material that I could use for reflection over the holidays.

To our shared journeys towards the truth!

Merry Christmas and a better and truer us in the New Year!
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Prem December 26, 2010 at 3:26 am

hi! Katie…
Wish you and the entire team of Magnetic Sponsoring a Merry holiday! I have been reading all your lovely messages,and always wish that i send you a reply. Thank you so much for your support…that really motivates me to be together. I usually make it a point that I send a reply, when I get to see your video and scroll down at the bottom to send. How can I send you and every one messages, through the blog. I haven’t sent a reply to any one yet as expected. Personal development means exactly the same as it means to you,I would love to do, what you do, because I a just one like you… Do you know, the meaning of my name… Yes ! You Love, I also Love. Prem means Love.

With you forever!
On our Journey of Life.


Marnee Masales December 27, 2010 at 11:45 am

Thank you Katie for sharing this. I always enjoy your value and knowledge.
I never thought of Personal Development the way you explained it. Yes I realize everyone will be different how they ‘grow.’ Yes I agree age does not matter it depends on the individual.
Happy New Year!


Scott Murray December 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Thanks once again for providing great content and clarity on a subject that a lot of people think is ‘not real’ and not for them.
Personal development has helped me to make different choices instead of trying to fix things that ‘don’t measure up’

I also discovered that we judge ourselves far more than we think others judge us. For me personal development is really about awareness and choices and how these affect our daily lives.

Keep up the great work, you are a beacon of light



Heru Prayudi December 29, 2010 at 1:51 am

thanks so much for your sharing,
it is so inspiring me for go forward on the new years.
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Theresa Jordan January 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Personal Growth means a lot. I was not able to have success in my business until I could find growth inside my side. I think a lot people don’t realize how much personal growth means.

Great Video Thanks for sharing your insight
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Sye Wells January 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

As always, I love your tips and video reflections. I agree whole heartedly… that personal development is not about fixing ourselves.. “i’m not enough”. In My first intro into personal development, honestly, I felt that way. Now, I am so thankful that personal growth is truly about discovery of self.

Busted out laughing.. (because it’s so true) at personal growth being about positive thinking… it is truly about being self honesty. And that takes courage. Real Courage.

Thanks for sharing! :) Sye-

Life is great!
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Diseño Web Barcelona January 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

Thanks for this great video!!!


Casey January 6, 2011 at 1:17 am

To me it means being authentic to yourself and challenging yourself to grow beyond what feels comfortable. I see it as a continual process that teaches us more about ourselves, the world and our place within it.
It’s fascinating! Thanks for sharing Katie!


Nick Squires January 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

Yes it is a journey katie and one that we never arrive at. Thinking that some day we will be all fixed is nonesense but what we can think is that we are perfect in every way now but can always grow some more. Thanks, Nick, Tahiti
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Beth January 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Wow! Great post and very enlightening! I loved the comments too. :) To me, personal growth means finding “opportunity” in everything and expanding my thoughts, my actions and my business as I make these discoveries. Happy New Year and many blessings to you!
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Steve Toc January 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

Great video. How true. Life is always lived from the inside out. If only people would realize the uniqueness and greatness they are and love themselves and the journey, WOW what they couldn’t do.



Stacy January 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Personal development to me has always been about becoming the person that I am meant to become, to reach my full potential. I’ve been passionate about it for a long time, buying many books on the topic and spending much time learning how to become my best.
Stacy´s last blog post ..Powerful Thinking- Successful Living


Jennifer January 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Freedom and Personal Development to me means realizing your dreams. Set a goal and go for it, and then when you’re there, you’re free. The hardest part is sticking with your goal and not giving up even when it seems like the whole world is against you! But nothing worth having ever comes easy.
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Aki Wood January 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Personal development is knowing what you want and moving towards it constantly rather than allowing the vicissitudes of life to reward you an excuse you deem worthy to puke upon the masses.

If you don’t know what you want, it is actively seeking your calling and forging yourself into the best self you can be in the process.

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safa alai January 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

The last part about taking the cloak off and being the real you recalls this quote:

“Thou art even as a finely tempered sword concealed in the darkness of its sheath and its value hidden from the artificer’s knowledge. Wherefore come forth from the sheath of self and desire that thy worth may be made resplendent and manifest unto all the world.” — Baha’u’llah


laticia January 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm


Wonderful video. I’m committed to self-discovery and learning about myself everyday.
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Ryan January 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Think it was Gandhi that said

“…if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Probably one of the most elementary aspects of personal development, but it certainly plays out to be true.
Personal development seems to be the journey and the transformation from one place to another.
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Ken February 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm


Loved the video. I’ve heard all the myths from other people in my life who I’m guessing are afraid of failing in the area that matters the most.

As I send you a comment and I think about what it means to me I find myself thinking about the direction I’m going in my life. I’m trying to live the life that makes me happiest, the one that I can be proud of. During any given day there are probably 100 things I would like to do and I find myself being able to do only 10 to 30 of them. I wonder if I’m choosing the correct activities from time to time. I do think it’s important to have an honest self assessment, maybe I should make that a goal this year, maybe once a month. If I plan the 10 or 30 things I will do in a day and I choose them ahead of time and I understand my own vision of what I’m truly trying to accomplish then maybey I will find joy in that journey.

I have found that there are seasons of life and realizing that has been a relief. I have wanted to be in the next season for a long time but, I am finding my current season is still a few months away from concluding.


PS If I ever meet someone like you I’d love to have dinner with them and listen.


Emily February 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

OMG Katie! This is great! I loved this! It took me a long time to realize what I needed to become more self aware rather than change myself :) And its not about fluffy thoughts, but to be objective about what’s true and what’s not :) You’re awesome love :)
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