What if I said that personal growth should be a natural part of day-to-day life? What if I said that personal growth is the bread and butter of what being human is all about?
It does at times seem that personal growth is viewed as an indulgence for people who have the time to give themselves that luxury. But personal growth is a daily necessity that ought not to be avoided or dismissed as unimportant. It is a golden nugget of opportunity to step into the world of self-knowledge and self-awareness, which in turns builds wellbeing and empowers and enables you to live the life you truly and authentically were meant to live.
If personal growth is not an integral part of your day-to-day life, in truth you really don’t know what you are missing – those unforgettable opportunities for those “Aha” moments, those moments of realisation that can be liberating and uplifting. Giving yourself that time and space is not indulgence or a flight of fancy, but an essential part of your own evolution, growth and development.
Through being proactive about your own personal growth you will begin to learn things about yourself that will empower and support you. You will learn things that will strongly improve your ongoing state of wellbeing. You will gain priceless personal insights which will help you to make better decisions for yourself, as well as build your self-confidence. And, as the saying goes, when you know better you can do better.
And here is the thing, once you start along that path of committing to your own ongoing personal growth you won’t look back. Once you start you won’t be able to stop. Take it from me, at the start of my own personal growth journey, I hovered for a year around taking that step, fearful of the unknown, fearful of what would come up and how I would handle it. But now, 10 years down the line, I couldn’t live without it. The time and space I now give myself regularly to nurture my own ongoing personal growth journey is precious.
Personal growth feeds that innate part of being human that craves expansion, love and growth. Giving ourselves that commitment and care only ever supports us and helps us grow for the better. And it helps us grow into the person we are meant to be.
What does personal growth require? A curious mind and heart, as well as the courage and determination to stay the course. As with everything there will be ups and downs along the way, there will be life challenges that will teach us priceless things about ourselves. There will be encounters that literally touch our souls and keep us hopeful for human-kind. But always there will be that growing wealth of self-knowledge that will empower you, give you an inner sense of calm and bring you to that place that is your true home.
So, think what you could do to take that first step into your own personal growth journey. Has something regularly crossed your mind recently and you have thought – why do I behave like that? Why didn’t I handle that situation differently? … those thoughts are tell-tale signs of personal growth opportunities.
So go on, step in, and begin your own personal growth journey. And just to say – everyone starts where they start, there is no right or wrong starting point, it’s wherever feels best for you. Everyone’s personal growth journey is their own.
Curious? Not sure where to start? If in doubt, talk things out or get support – if you are thinking “I’m not sure this is something I can do on my own”, then explore what professional support you could access.
If you feel it would help to have a conversation about your next steps – email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be delighted to arrange a time to talk.