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The TOXIC Personal Development Industry: Harmonizing Personal Progress with Faith – Episode 424

The TOXIC Personal Development Industry: Harmonizing Personal Progress with Faith
In this episode of the She's Making an Impact podcast, I’m opening up about a topic that's been weighing on my heart – the toxic side of the personal development industry.

I’m sharing my own experiences and revelations, shedding light on the dangers of self-dependence and the pursuit of materialistic goals often promoted by this industry.

I share some emotional and personal stories in this one! Tune in for a discussion about a more faith-driven approach than the personal development world you may be used to.
In this episode of the She's Making an Impact podcast, I’m opening up about a topic that's been weighing on my heart – the toxic side of the personal development industry.

I’m sharing my own experiences and revelations, shedding light on the dangers of self-dependence and the pursuit of materialistic goals often promoted by this industry.

I share some emotional and personal stories in this one! Tune in for a discussion about a more faith-driven approach than the personal development world you may be used to.

You can listen to the full episode here 🡻

  • 0:00 – 1:55: The revelations God has given me and why this topic is important for us to talk about

  • 1:56 – 4:30: Why the personal development industry can be a dangerous, slippery slope (plus a story about my Chanel purse that may surprise you)

  • 4:31 – 10:06 : How the advice to “focus on how you want to feel and what you can do to get that desired feeling” isn’t actually serving us (plus a story that actually brings me to tears as I share it)

  • 10:07 – 15:35: An impactful article I read about the dangers of self-dependence and the pursuit of materialistic goals (and how we can create goals in alignment with SERVING)

  • 15:36 – 18:15: A list of other ways personal development is not leading us to fulfillment and to serving God (some of these are a bit controversial!) 

  • 18:16 – 18:39: Things to pray for (a list you can pull inspiration from)

  • 18:40 – 19:55: Questions to ask yourself

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We’re diving into these themes this week, with a few of my personal stories along the way: 

 

Challenges of the Personal Development Industry:

I’m sharing the potential pitfalls of the personal development industry, emphasizing the dangers of self-dependence and the pursuit of materialistic goals.

 

Self-Reflection and Convictions:

It’s time to reflect on your own desires, goals, and actions, highlighting the importance of listening to convictions and reassessing priorities.

 

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Servant-Hearted Goal-Setting:

How can we move to a more servant-hearted approach and prioritize love when it comes to goal-setting? 

 

Discernment and Biblical Alignment:

We need to be more careful about who we’re choosing as mentors and what content we are exposing ourselves to. 

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Transformative Action Steps: Navigating the Personal Development Industry with Faith:

Here are some practical take-aways, rooted in biblical principles, from this episode that you can implement in your life: 

  1. Prioritize Servant-Hearted Resolutions:
    When setting resolutions or goals, prioritize those that serve others and reflect love, as true Christian growth is self-abandonment in Jesus’ name.
  2. Choose Mentors with Discernment:
    Be discerning when choosing mentors, ensuring they align with biblical values and truly follow Christ’s teachings.
  3. Seek God’s Guidance in Your Endeavors:
    Prioritize prayer and seeking God’s guidance in your strategies, content, and daily life to ensure your actions are aligned with His will.
  4. Embrace Stillness and Time with the Lord:
    Balance productivity with spending time in God’s presence, understanding that filling every moment with tasks can lead to spiritual disconnect.


Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

  • Luke 9:23 – “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'”

  • Ephesians 4:28 – “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.”

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Rachel Ngom is the host of the She’s Making an Impact Podcast. She is a business and lead-generation expert, helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs create more freedom in their businesses so they can spend time on what matters most.

Rachel went from being on food stamps with negative $400 in her checking account to a millionaire by 34 while working 20 hours/week. She now helps others do the same with her signature courses and programs.

Rachel has lived in Kenya and Senegal, got married in Morocco, and spent 2 years in France.

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