You are looking to be a better person. Personal development is essential not only to oneself and their loved ones, but also to the overall success of the society that they live in. The advice provided in this article is for anybody that cares about themselves and the people around them.
Do not avoid starting a project because you feel you do not have the energy to finish. This is an insidious form of procrastination that can push your personal development goals right off the end of your schedule. Make a start on your project and tell yourself you can break off when you get too tired.
If you want to improve yourself, practice being unselfish. When you are willing to give up your time, energy, and resources to help other people, you start to realize the true person within you. As you learn to care about other people beyond yourself, you begin to bring out the best in yourself.
If you know what is holding you back, change it. Take a class on dealing with that topic, buy a book on the topic or see a professional to help you. Take action until you can overcome the problems stopping you from living your best life--you deserve that much and you should expect it!
True personal development will come through being honestly happy with who you are and what is going on in your life. Being thankful will help you achieve real happiness. Every day make a list of all the things you are thankful for, from life itself, to family members and your home.
Religion can help some people. Perhaps the religion you were raised in is not for you if you consider yourself an atheist. Certain people see religion as a way of finding their place in the universe, and some people see it as a way to improve their daily life by adopting a certain philosophy.
Traditionally, religion and philosophy were seen as paths to personal development. They were keys to finding the meaning of life, to growing beyond a local or narrow understanding, to broadening our mind to embrace the cosmos. Though personal development is often seen today in terms of social enhancement and tangible benefits, the traditional paths are still as fruitful as ever.
In summary, there is no better way to build a better life than to start within oneself. It's what you feel inside that counts. Hopefully you will come away with some new ideas on how to progress your own personal development and how to contribute positively to those around you.