The odds are high that you have heard the words ‘personal growth’ and ‘self-improvement’ before. Many people have a preconceived notion, be it positive or negative, about what these words and the concepts represented by them entail. Today, we are going to talk about what personal growth really means. It can look different to different people, and the steps taken to get there are certainly not the same for every individual. Let’s take a look at what personal growth could be for you.
Perhaps the first step to personal growth for anyone is improving self-awareness. You can’t change for the better unless you know yourself. Many people are afraid to sit down and take stock of where they are in their lives. This is certainly understandable, but turning a blind eye to the parts of your life that you don’t like certainly isn’t going to help you improve. Becoming self-aware and understanding where you fall short will give you the basis upon which you will build your personal growth. I encourage you to sit down, whether on your own or with a trusted confidante, and don’t pull any punches. Are you happy with your life? What could you improve upon? What makes you happy?
By beginning here, you are giving yourself the opportunity to make some wonderful life changes. Don’t be afraid or upset. Taking stock of yourself in this way is the first step to success. You have made the choice to improve upon yourself and to change for the better. Rather than getting discouraged by what you might find, celebrate the first milestone of your personal growth. Now that you’ve done this, let’s talk about what personal growth might mean to different individuals.
Fostering ones skills
Personal growth can be attained by identifying and fostering one’s skills. Find what interests you and work on improving your talent in that area. If you are, for instance, a beginning artist, only practice will make perfect. Every day, pick up your pencil or paintbrush and put it to use. It is very likely that you won’t be good at first, no matter what skill you choose to pursue. However, the simple act of choosing to foster your skill is personal growth in and of itself. The identification and pursuit of a new hobby or activity is, by its very nature, self-improvement.
Identifying your potential
In a similar vein, identifying and improving your potential is also a step to personal development. Perhaps you’ve been told that you’re good at something, or you know that you have a particular talent in a certain area. These are pursuits worthy of fostering in your life. The potential to do something great is within each and every one of us. Sometimes, this potential is hidden and takes a little more work to seek out. No matter what it is, by improving this potential, you will be improving yourself.
Enhancing your lifestyle
Another element of personal growth is enhancing your lifestyle. It may seem tedious or uninteresting, but eating healthy foods, exercising, and quitting bad habits will lead to personal growth and an improved overall sense of wellness. When you sit down and eat food that is bad for you, day in and day out, there is no arguing: you are going to feel just as bad as what you put into your body. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, try getting up and going for a short walk a couple of times a week. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel.
Reflecting on your personal aspirations
Everyone has something that they’ve always wanted to do. Take a moment to reflect on your personal aspirations. What do you want to do with your life? Where do you want to be in one year? In five years? These are essential questions when it comes to your personal growth, because they help you formulate your long-term goals. When you think of these goals, take a minute to actually put pen to paper and write them down. Put them somewhere that you will see them daily, whether that be your wallet or your bathroom mirror.
Defining a personal development plan
A huge part of fulfilling your aspirations means defining a personal development plan. Knowing what you want is excellent, but how do you plan on getting there? Make a roadmap to your success, pinpointing small things that you can do to improve yourself on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis will be the key to your long-term success. Hold yourself accountable every step of the way and never give up, even if you make mistakes or if things get hard. The end is worth it in every way. Each step puts those aspirations further within your reach.
Improving emotional intelligence
Personal growth also means improving your emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. You may be an individual who doesn’t know how to handle conflict with others or who is out of touch with your own emotions. You have the ability to change. Most of the populations struggles with emotional intelligence in one form or another. Developing a sense of introspection and empathy will make you a more likeable person to others as well as to yourself.
Renewing your self-esteem
Finally, personal growth means renewing your self-esteem. You might not feel very good about yourself right now. That’s okay. Dissatisfaction means that you know that things could be better. Embrace it and take it as a chance to grow. Build yourself back up, regain confidence in yourself by improving upon all of these qualities and moving forward in a way that you might not have considered until now. Taking small steps to renew your self-esteem can make a world of difference in your personal and professional lives. It won’t change immediately. Self-esteem has to be built up gradually. However, by building yourself up, you will be in a better place to meet the goals that you have laid out for yourself.
When you grow as an individual, your path may or may not touch upon all of these different areas. Everyone has a different journey to embark upon, and no two will be identical. However, it is a good idea to look at each of these aspects of personal growth and to ask yourself if it is possible to bring about change in your own life at all points listed here. Perhaps not, or perhaps you are an individual who needs to work on them. Regardless of where you begin, everyone is capable of growth to some extent within each of these personal aspects. Take some time to reflect upon the topics we discussed here. Be honest with yourself. Find out what personal growth means for you.
Personal growth sometimes needs guidance
If personal growth is still a place you don’t know where to begin, you can consider coaching from an experienced coach. If you aren’t sure if it’s the right next step for you, consultations are free. You can schedule a free consultation with Jack Perry online and discuss your needs to see if you need help creating a plan that is right for you to help you achieve your goals.