What is personal development? It is what you need to do when your life has fallen into a rut and you need a challenge. Out of the attic of memory, you may draw some early desire to achieve, in sports or the arts or community service. Now is the time to transform this desire into actual achievement. Here are some tips to help you get started.Stress is the foe of happiness. When the human mind is preoccupied with a state of stress, damage can be caused to both physical and mental aspects of the body. You have to tackle the stress that's bothering you before you can meet your goals. Schedule time daily to spend by yourself in relaxation and clarity. This refreshing time can improve your self-image and peace.When working toward a large personal development goal, it's best to break up the goal into smaller goals that are easier to reach. For instance, if want to get organized you may find it helpful to focus on one area at a time. Start with your desk and when that space is clear set another goal. It's easy to get overwhelmed. So, make your goals moderate and stay motivated.Work on discovering your personal strengths. Try making a list of the ones you know and try making a list of your weaknesses that hold you back from being the strong person that you think you are or could be. Even opinions from others, like friends or family, can give you some insight on how to better yourself.Test your beliefs. It is not enough to have a set of beliefs to live by. Test them, research them, question them. Look for the real truth. Practice your beliefs by doing them in the course of your every-day life. Wisdom and truth is obtained by taking action and living your beliefs.