What Is Personal Growth?
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. Even before that, a positive mindset. That helps boost your resilience and keeps you going, even when things don’t go your way.
The beauty of personal growth is that it’s subjective. It’s different for everyone, like success. 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. Even though personal growth is a bit more elusive, it’s all improving as an individual. This can be getting more education or refining your temperament. Whatever it is you’re seeking in life, that’s your personal growth journey.
Because it’s so diverse and covers so many aspects, it goes by several names, including:
- Personal development
Why Does Personal Growth Matter?
Personal growth isn’t a solitary journey. Yes, you do the hard work. You become an inspiration to those that are familiar with your story. Remember that the challenge you conquer today may motivate someone else to take the first step on their journey.
Working on developing you as a person will help you in various aspects of your life.
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.
How to Start Your Personal Growth Journey
Empathy and positive thinking are two traits we seem to lose over the years. Personal growth can help you regain them back. Here are some things you can do to achieve 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 or bathroom mirror.
- Recognize and accept your strengths and weaknesses.
- Treat yourself to something nice every time you complete one of your goals.
Find Your Purpose. What makes you happy? Find what makes you giddy with happiness, aka your purpose in life. Each one of us has something that drives them and sets them apart from everyone else. Just find what you want and go after it. Even if you know little about it, you can always learn. Thanks to modern-day technology, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Read More. When is the last time you read for pleasure or to learn something new? Start the habit of reading each day, even if you read one blog a day (like this one). 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.
We’re all here for a reason. Take the time to find out purpose. No matter what you choose to call this growth journey, you are keeping your foundation strong. “I am enough", because I continue to work on myself. I am tending to my inner garden. My outside will reflect my beauty, peace and joy that is inside.
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