We all know that life has its ups and downs. While this is a fact of reality that we can never change, there are ways of dealing with it which can improve your overall status in life. This may never be simple, or quick to achieve, but it's not impossible. The trick is understanding the tools of personal development and utilizing your skills to take any situation and turn it into a success for you.Personal development is a term that means to improve one's own status or circumstances for your own sake. Much of this can fall into subcategories like establishing good daily habits, or good financial practices, or changing a negative outlook into a positive one, whatever it is that will take your station in life and move it up one more step. It can be as simple as learning a new skill or a total reevaluation of your character traits.The most important thing to understand about personal development is that there is no handbook, no book for dummies where everything is spelled out. There could never be. If you truly want to better the position of your life, then a personal vow which is strongly tied to your particular circumstances is required. In this sense, it is up to you to decide what it is that is worth changing, or learning. Many of the skeptics never seem to grasp this: no book will tell you what you need to change! That's for you to decide, and it's up to you to decide how you will change it.The grand idea is to have a completely open, honest conversation with yourself about what faults or bad habits you might have, and removing those problems by finding a more productive use of your time. Be optimistic about the future and your status in life, regardless of any short-term battles you may face. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and be committed to improving each of them.Our lives are never static and we can never afford to feel defeated by life circumstances, or to be complacent about our station. If you seek out opportunities you can improve any aspect of your life, be it your job, your relationships, or your lifestyle. Always keep in mind something that you can improve upon and soon you'll find that by taking the time to implement changes in yourself, you can create a much better lifestyle for yourself.