Improving Personal Growth
Approaches to Improving Your Personal Growth
If you're looking to begin your journey toward personal growth and development, it's time to ask yourself a question: "Who am I today, and who do I want to be tomorrow? Who do I want to be in one year? Who do I want to be in ten years?"
In short, personal growth is about assessing where you are now, where you want to be in the future, and - perhaps most importantly - what you'll need to do in the meantime in order to get there.
Personal growth isn't just about becoming more successful or having people respect you more. In fact, it's not about other people at all. Personal growth, as its name implies, is about growing in ways that are important to you, possibly even only you. Once you recognize and realize your own capacity for personal growth, a whole world of opportunity will open up to you.
Personal Growth Topics
There are many different subject areas within personal growth of which you should be aware. A study of each of them is necessary to proper personal development. These areas include:
- Abundance in Life: Having abundance in life is having the ability to accomplish what you need to accomplish when it needs to be done.
- Achieving Results: Results aren't always goal-oriented. Sometimes you'll realize that you're happy with your current state and thankful for the things you have, even if you didn't arrive at this state by setting specific goals.
- Goal Setting: By knowing exactly how to set your goals, you'll have a much better chance of accomplishing them how and when you want, not to mention a much easier time while you're actually working toward the goals.
- Overcoming Fears: In terms of your personal growth and improvement, fears become a lot more real, immediate and frustrating: the fear of being turned down; the fear of having people think less of you tomorrow than they do today; the fear of commitment; the fear of getting in over your head and feeling incompetent; the fear of failure.
- Staying in Your Power: Learning to stay in your power is one of the most important aspects of personal development because it gives you freedom: the freedom to make your own choices, the freedom to take your life in the direction you want, and the freedom to accept responsibility for the consequences of those choices and directions.
Personal Growth as a Means to Abundance and Results
Personal growth should not be thought of as just a way to become rich, famous, or otherwise wildly successful. First, you must be motivated by the desire to improve yourself simply for the sake of improvement. If you only seek personal growth as a way of owning an expensive luxury car or getting your name in print, both your goals and the personal growth itself will be extremely difficult to achieve. Steve Jobs didn't create Apple because he wanted to be rich and famous - he did it because he wanted to make great computers. Even rock stars learn the importance of honing their craft and enjoying the purity of music long before they dream about making the cover of Rolling Stone.
At the same time, personal growth is indeed a way of achieving the results you want in life. If you're able to grow into a person who's capable of competently working a job or running a business, you'll put yourself on the path to enjoying abundance in life and providing your family with the lifestyle they deserve. These aren't far-off notions that are only available to the privileged few, but immediate goals that you can obtain so long as you're willing to work for it.
The Importance of Setting a Goals for Growth
Nothing in life is accomplished - at least, not very easily or efficiently - without a goal. Not just any goal, but one that is measurable, specific, challenging and obtainable. Without making the goal measurable, you'll have no way of knowing whether you're on track to succeed. Without making it specific, you won't know when you've completed your goal. Without making it challenging, the goal will lose its meaning and reward. Without making it obtainable, you'll only become frustrated and withdrawn as the goal stays out of reach.
Here are a few examples of unique goals that you can start pursuing immediately in order to jump-start your journey toward personal growth:
- Overcome a fear. Whether it's heights or snakes, choose one of your fears and stare it straight in the face. You're the only person holding you back from facing it down, and the satisfaction of conquering it will be worth the discomfort.
- Tell someone how much they mean to you. This could be your child, your spouse, your brother, a friend, a coworker - pick someone who's important to you and tell them why you feel that way. You'll feel just as good as they do once you're done.
- Challenge yourself to learn more about a current event - and not one that you're already interested in. If you know nothing of politics, update yourself on the biggest issues being argued over today. If you have no interest in science, read up on the latest developments in theoretical physics. There's no way of knowing what will fascinate you until you start to explore.
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