Challenges for Millennials In Personal Development

Challenges for Millennials In Personal Development

This century, we seek the freedom of our decisions. Personal Development is one of the key aspects of that freedom. 

Millennials anticipate constant personal development trying to best fit in their position. However, there are plenty of sources that are distracting them. As a result, their behavior varies with time.

Even if we know the benefits of personal development are great, then why don’t we focus on it?

These traits threaten the future of Millennials as it causes their potential to remain untapped.


1. Impatient and Easily Distracted

Impatience is one of the major problems that the Millennials are currently facing.

Why are Millenials not able to sustain in a particular field for a long time? Why do they want to see the changes quickly?

This may sound simple, but, this remains a big concern. In the modern era, we are surrounded by electronic gadgets everywhere we see. These have been the primary distraction tool. This bounds us to diversify our way of thinking wastefully.

The tasks accomplished in such times give distorted results. It’s only possible to understand it when we see the issues from all dimensions.

When I turn on my laptop for a particular reason, I rarely use it for the reason for which I initially opened. Rather, I give myself to the internet. It’s only after some time does I realize I had turned on my laptop for my work.

When we confront difficulties, we give up without even showing any resistance. It shows our intolerance in overcoming barriers.

During this Coronavirus Lockdown, I’m learning Python. Every time I make an error while working in it, I give up without giving second thoughts to it. I turn into something relaxing, such as watching comedy videos on YouTube or using social media.

To come out of this problem, I use the rule I created for myself, which I call ‘Complete After Starting Any Task’. 

First of all, I write the rules and make them in the most visible place. I go through my to-do-list for the day and prepare the time block. 

As per RescueTime:blog, Time blocking – is the practice of planning out every moment of your day in advance and dedicating specific time “blocks” for certain tasks and responsibilities. While a standard to-do list tells you what you need to do, time blocking tells you when you’re going to do it. 

After these, I assign myself to complete my tasks. Before accomplishing my day’s goal, I visualize the consequences of achieving it. By doing this, I have been able to remain productive and stay with one task at a time. This makes me feel successful.

With regards to building patience, find the purpose of your activities. Don’t hurry though! Create your own rules that bind you to stay focused. Go through your rules every day and review them consistently. Prepare the streak and fill it out every day. Seek to understand yourself. This will help you start your new day with a big smile on your face.

“Patience is the strength of the weak, impatience is the weakness of the strong.”

Immanuel Kant

2. Social Media and Pornography Addiction

The Internet has provided easy access to any field in this era. Even though it might not have any relevance in our life, we are still getting addicted to it.

Today, where do Millennials stay busy?

The gravity of social media is pulling them into the trap net. Our expectations rise as we use social media for a long time. As a consequence, this habit impairs our important tasks. With that, we don’t have enough time to escalate our personal skills.

Research shows that when we constantly expect likes, shares, and comments, our brain triggers the same hormone as drug addiction. Spending lots of time on social media has become a trend nowadays. 

Also, it shows that about 45% of the World Population uses social media 2 hrs and 23 minutes on a daily average.

The immense use of social media raises a concern about our unwillingness to develop ourselves. This has caused cognitive and behavioral disorders among many users. As a result, relationships with our loved ones are deteriorating, causing mental illness in the long run.

Pornography is another form of addiction that most Millennials have got trapped in. 

You may ask, “But how’s this relevant to our personal development?”

Well, pornography creates emotional distress and interferes with our normal activities. Moreover, as our natural behaviors change, it could result in our personality disorder.

How can we stay focused on personal development when there are lots of distractions in our growth?

Before choosing to do something, think about its consequences in the future. Find out how it becomes worse when you deeply adhere to that field.

Even more, reading the biographies of Personal Development Influencers could assist to uplift your personal goals.

As it’s often said – “As you sow, so you reap.”

So, Millennials, Act Before It’s Too late!

“Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you- it’s the cage you live in.”

Johann Hari

3. Peer Pressure

Even though we all have 24 hours a day, many of us are unable to assign time for ourselves. Many of us go to school and some are in the job. We are busy, but not productive. This has led to dissatisfaction with our living.

Whenever we do the job that is acceptable to our peers, we experience our approval in that circle. However, that circle isn’t always the right place to fit in. 

For example, when some of your peers are smoking, they want you to smoke as well. They will even urge you to smoke claiming everyone does the same. 

This has a detrimental impact on personal development. We aren’t choosing to make our own decisions. Rather, our peers are forcing us to adapt as per their environment.

Sometimes, you might confront difficult times when your excuses runout. In such circumstances, what should you do?

The most important thing you should do at that time is to build up your courage to discard such a situation.

Make your own decision and visualize the consequences of accepting peers’ requests before falling for it.

“I am not in this world to live up to your expectation and you are not in this world to live up to mine.”

Bruce Lee

4. Breakage of Trust Bond

Do You Trust Yourself?

Often we say I can’t do this. This isn’t for me. This is not up to my reach.

Have you ever seen a successful person excusing himself? If you had seen, then they might not have been successful in the first place.

Millennials probe themselves with many questions that are strong enough to break trust within themselves. When we break our trust bond, we are left with nothing but doubts on our doing.

To achieve our life goals, it’s essential to develop our personal skills. Unfortunately, we are hollow within ourselves. We forget to emphasize on the developmental aspects of life with irrelevant desires.

Rather than trying to fix the problem, we give up on a single sentence – “This Is Not For Me”.

So why not make your bond of trust stronger?

When you set the purpose, you must have a strong trust. To make it happen, you could choose to achieve the smallest goal every day and grow it slowly in the upcoming days. This physical framework of the body should match the real reflection of our thoughts.

To harvest much out of life, develop trust in yourself.

“You can’t trust others unless you trust yourself.”

Jeffrey Gitomer

If you haven’t yet started, then it’s okay. I would recommend you to make personal rules for yourself – Learn From Experienced People and find the purpose of your life. In doing so, I have found a profound result in me and hope the same for you. Invest In Yourself, and find your potential to avoid distractions. 

What other problems stop Millennials from achieving their dream?

Please feel free to put your thoughts in the comments!

This Post Has 60 Comments

  1. Paul

    Really great concept to write about! So interesting to read 😀

  2. raihanriad

    Very well put. You have a gift for going to the root of a problem and explaining ideas eloquently.

  3. hawkoffbeat

    This was a very insightful post, very relevant to most of us. Thank you!

  4. christonchriston

    Certainly on point, we are all guilty of a few but once we are actively working on ourselves, soon we’ll put those challenges to rest 💪🏾

    1. Pro Investivity

      It’s very true. Once we set our goal to accept the challenge and start working on it , we will soon get through it. 🙂

  5. The Tortoise

    The best part is the “complete what you start”. So many dreams are lost because of incomplete actions and the lack of persistence. Another name of that is “comfort zone”, the tendency to run to what we know and believe is easier.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Very well said. Thank you for your view on this. We feel easier when we are in comfort zone. In that , we are lacking opportunities to grow.

  6. Interesting read! A lot of this resonated with me. I think pressure in general can be a big reason that millennials don’t achieve their dreams.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Very true, Ashley! I’m glad you were able to resonate this with you.

  7. KM Taylor

    This is a really interesting topic and not a very easy one to tackle. I agree with some of the challenges stated, such as impatience and addiction to the internet (not just social media or pornography). Technological and economic advances have created much wealth in the 21st century but unwittingly created a bane in the form of excessive convenience. This inevitably makes millennials easier to distract and control with instant gratification.

    Other factors, such as lack of personal faith (trust bond) and the need to fit in, sometimes ‘downwards’ (peer pressure), are IMO consistent throughout generations. People brought up in supportive, forward-thinking families and/or communities will find it easier to trust themselves and others. This makes them more confident and resilient in pursuing difficult goals. People ‘less fortunate’ will need to actively seek out new communities and mentors.

    1. Pro Investivity

      I agree with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The more convenient we face, the more we are distracted. Our personal faith plays a vital role to shape who we are. Sometime or the other, we seek to get support from others. At the time of adversity, we need to find out mentors and new communities when the situation get worse.

  8. myqualitygates

    Very interesting subject. I’m a milllenial and can visualize myself in some of your perspectives so, I your insights were very realistic 😃

    Keep up with your good writings and, I hope to follow you from now one!

    1. Pro Investivity

      I am glad to find you visualizing yourself in some of the perspectives.
      Thank you for enjoying this article. I too enjoyed your blog. Keep going 🙂

  9. ChasingLux

    Very nicely written with the supporting research. Love it!

  10. Onome Erikewe

    Great topic! I absolutely love the way you put this out. Very well-detailed. It is so profound that these things are happening to a lot of millennials. There should be more attention and ways to start seeking help.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for going through the article! I appreciate your time and effort!

      Very true! There indeed should be more attention and procedures to begin seeking help!

  11. avihappyhub

    Another great article! Can you write on laziness and procrastination? Its two of the major causes people don’t become successful…

      1. avihappyhub

        Hi, thanks. But the link points to this article itself. I think you wanted to paste some another link. Pls check.

        1. Pro Investivity

          Oh yeah, sorry for the inconvenience. We didn’t realize that.
          Thanks for reminding!

  12. Niranjanan

    It is a great article, thanks for sharing!

    Of all the things that you mentioned, I have learned from experience that impatience and internet addiction are the main challenges that keep us unleashing our full potential. I believe that the first step towards self-development and better productivity in this modern age should start with addressing there two issues.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for reading, Niranjanan! I am glad you relate it with your experience. I agree to you on addressing these major issues. Once we set to accept the challenges like these, we can rejoice our personal growth.

  13. GCEGroup

    Thanks for inviting me to read your blog. Wishing you great success!

  14. Thank you for sharing such valuable inputs, you reminded me of the pomodoro technique that I use to get some things done. Indeed we have so many distractions that it becomes very hard to focus and be productive. Make sure you check my blog out, i talk about personal and spiritual development to attain the ultimate success 😊😊
    Stay safe

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you very much! 🙂 I am glad that my article reminded you of the pomodoro technique. We are confront with lots of distraction nowadays which has become the major source of difficulties. However, we have the personal power to avoid such distraction, don’t we?
      Oh sure, I would love to check your blog. 🙂

      1. Yes, you’re totally right, I couldn’t agree more. I am myself a victim of those distractions sometimes but like you said, we know the solution and we just have to execute. Thanks, I would love to see your comments on my content as well 😊

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  16. AvumaFlatela

    This article is totally relatable and I’m certainly guilty of doing most of the things you mentioned especially the breakage of my trust bond. When I read it I was literally in tears because I felt like you knew how I feel but you also gave me faith and inspiration. Thank you so much.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for taking the time and effort of reading this article, Avuma.
      It’s hard to come back the ‘trust bond’ issue. But I’m glad that I was able to inspire you, at least to some extent.
      I checked your blog as well, it’s a great one I have to admit. You should consider writing more, so I could read them!
      Have a good day, Avuma. 🙂

  17. Hey thanks for writing this. It is inspiring, and full of useful advice not just for millenials either. I love the way your blog posts link together so that you can read across them. It gives a feeling of a growing work of ideas and a practical ethos for improving ones circumstances. Thanks.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thanks a lot for your wonderful words. I’m glad that you enjoyed our article. Yup sure, these tips could be used by other people as well!
      Have a good day! 🙂

  18. Shikha Ghutla

    So precisely written. You have pinpointed the issues that are very crucial in this millennial era. Keep writing. Stay positive!!

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