How much time have you dedicated to your personal development in the past year? Six months? A week?
Unfortunately, society trains us to put other things first, like education and careers. I am not downplaying their value in life. I just want to point out the importance of taking the time to invest in our self-improvement. Empathy and positive thinking are two traits we seem to lose over the years. Personal growth can help you regain them back.
Look at the picture below and the story related to it.
Preschool children have done an experiment sewing marigold seeds between paving slabs. After some time all the flowers blossomed.If you think anything can stop you from growing (an inadequate background, education, your past, family) look at them and think again.
This text found in a Facebook group Angeles (polish Anioły) by Kinga Arciszewska and a photograph there resonated with me.
Some people define being successful as having a happy, healthy family. Others define it as having a career, maybe having more money than they know what to do with. Working on accomplishing things in life, setting goals, and achieving them—that’s personal growth. It starts with the drive to do and be better.
The beauty of personal growth is that it’s subjective. It’s different for everyone, like success.
Even though personal growth is a bit more elusive, it’s all improving as an individual. This can be polishing up your education or refining your temperament. Whatever it is you’re seeking out in life, that’s your personal growth journey.
Personal growth isn’t a solitary journey. Yes, you do the hard work. Yet, you reap so many rewards that you quickly realize it was all worth it.
Working on developing you as a person will help you in various aspects of your life. You’ll shine at work and you’ll notice people will start to praise your accomplishments. You’ll also grow into a more compassionate and loving person. Listening and being attentive will come naturally. You’ll feel good about yourself, and you’ll make others feel good as well.
Constant growth is in the centre of my heart. The wiser and more skilled we become, the greater contribution we can make and bring our passion to the world.
Be grateful for every opportunity in life, grab it and bless others with what you gained. Starting with sowing a little seed and taking care of it we can see great results over time. With a clear vision and persistence, we grow together with what we took care of.
You have to start with a positive mindset. That helps boost your resilience and keeps you going, even when things don’t go your way.
Here are some of the things you can do to begin achieving personal growth.
Set Short-Term Goals
One of the first steps towards personal growth is setting and achieving short-term goals. When creating goals, keep the following in mind:
- Make your goals realistic
- Divide long-term goals into several short-term ones
- Write each goal on a Post-It and hang it on your desk, bathroom mirror or keep it in your wallet
- Recognize and accept your strengths and weaknesses
- Treat yourself to something nice every time you complete one of your goals
Find Your Purpose
This is my favourite subject! What makes you happy, energised? Find what makes you giddy with happiness, aka your purpose in life.
Each one of us has something that drives us and sets us apart from everyone else. Just find what you want and go after it.
We’re never too old to learn. Keep an open mind and take a step out of your comfort zone, and you’ll find fascinating things to learn about.
Ask any entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you they never stop learning. Their fascination with the world is what keeps them a step ahead of everyone else.
The trick is to find something that piques your interest. In this day and age where everything is evolving so quickly, there’s no shortage of that!
Wake Up Early
Having healthy sleep patterns will regulate your physical, emotional, and mental states. You’ll feel more energized and ready to tackle the day that lies ahead. Studies show that people who make a habit of waking up early are healthier, happier, and more productive. It may take some time to get used to, but, once you do, you’ll never go back!
Many of us have given up on reading, thanks to our ever-present smartphones. You have to start the habit of reading each day, even if you read one blog a day. Acquiring knowledge is extremely satisfying. You feel competent and just plain good. In a nutshell, reading is one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to boost your self-confidence and enhance your personal growth.
Knowing what your talents and skills are, is a vital part of self-acceptance. It’s also just as important to recognize the areas where you’re not as strong. Be confident in what you’ve accomplished and forgive yourself for any past mistakes. That’s the first step to accepting who you are and fully realizing your true worth.
We’re all here for a reason. Take the time to find out what yours is.
The seasons come up undisturbed by crime and war. George A. Smith
Only a week ago we had a late guest in our garden and then today we experience a violent storm in the region! The same way life seasons follow and shift, good and less fortunate days come and pass. The point is to embrace ALL of them seeing how we can gain more wisdom and resilience, how we can grow through them. There is value even in a tough time, in storms and flurries. The questions we might ask are – what can I learn from it, what skill can I train myself now? In what way can I use adversity to build my resistance?
Be patient with the circumstances and with yourself. Trust the process and trust God. Better days follow bad ones and you will grow.
Bless you, all who read these words.
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