A good friend of mine once proposed a question to me: “What are you currently doing for personal growth?” My first thought was, “what does she mean what am I currently doing? Was I supposed to be doing something?” It stuck in my mind from the moment I heard it. I was almost embarrassed that I had never even thought about growing personally, much less doing something about it!
“Personal growth doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not an automatic process. If you want to guarantee growth, then you need a plan—something strategic, specific, and scheduled.” John Maxwell
When I thought back to my life, I realized that somewhere along in my early twenties I experienced a huge lag in growth and I hadn’t even realized it. Growth seemed like it came automatically to me throughout my childhood and as a teen, so I assumed it would always be that way. It felt as if I never had to do anything to grow before, so when adulthood hit, I didn’t give it a second thought. However, as John Maxwell quoted, and as my life has proved to be true, it doesn’t just happen, it is something you have to work toward. You can begin your journey toward personal growth as of this moment! The very fact that you are reading this shows a desire to grow. So where do you start?
1- Where Can I Grow?
The first step toward personal growth is to identify the areas you wish to work on. Develop your mind — add to your knowledge — learn new skills. Find your strengths and develop those areas where you naturally excel. Find your weaknesses and determine which areas are worth pouring time and energy into in order to improve. With some fine tuning, you can turn your natural skills and abilities into extraordinary talent! Don’t settle for average when you can be excellent.
2- Look for Inspiration & Resources
The best way to find motivation to grow is to surround yourself with people who encourage you to be better. Make friends that help feed your passions. Find a mentor. Discover books and online resources that will help strengthen those areas you wish to grow. Listen to subject-matter experts. Find a successful person who inspires you and study their habits. If you don’t know where to start, I highly recommend a book by John Maxwell called The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. There are many resources out there–make yourself a student of wisdom.
3- Make the Time & Take the Time
Motivational speaker Earl Nightingale said, “If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.” The human mind is capable of such incredible feats if we just take the time to train it! But growth has to be a part of your daily practice and habits for it to make a difference in your life. Don’t have the time? Use every minute as an opportunity to grow. I always keep books in my Kindle on my phone that help develop me. Whenever I am waiting in a doctor’s office or in line somewhere, I simply start reading. I also listen to inspirational podcasts and audio books while I’m driving to seize all those moments that I would otherwise just be staring off into space.
Be the best version of yourself. Live out your full potential! Don’t be the same person you were yesterday. Don’t be stuck in the old version of your life. Challenge yourself to be better. You have so much to give. The moment you stop growing is the moment you start dying. So as my fellow blogger (and amazing friend) Nicole says, “Grow, grow and grow some more!”