Your complete guide to personal growth
What is personal growth?
Is it a step forward in your career? A decision to lead a healthier lifestyle? A commitment to building a stronger relationship?
Personal growth means something different to everyone. But no matter what it means to you, it can be achieved.
By taking the time to identify what it is you want and outlining any possible obstacles and how to overcome them, you’ll take a big step toward personal growth. Focus on the outcome you want and let these resources help you put a plan in place to get there.
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How to achieve personal growth
Improvement of any sort doesn’t happen overnight. No matter what personal growth is to you, getting the results you want requires commitment and a clear idea of what skills you want to develop.
What do you want to improve?
Before you get to work, determine where it is you want to improve. Is it your communication skills? Do you want to form stronger relationships? Is your career stagnating? Identifying the trouble spots is the key to personal growth, because you’ll use them to develop your plan to get to the point you want to be.
Do you have a mindset for growth?
Too many of us start out intending to improve ourselves, only to get hung up in the process. We get caught up in limiting thoughts like, “I’m not sure I’m capable of this” or “Maybe I should wait until next year to try it.”
These types of thoughts will destroy any progress you make. Thinking them is believing them. Committing to personal growth is useless if you don’t commit to positive thinking as well. That means approaching each day with a sense of gratitude and stopping any limited and negative thoughts you may have as soon as they start. Instead of wondering if you can do something, think, “This will be difficult, but I’m grateful for the challenge.”
The more you think it, the more you’ll believe it. And once you believe that you are capable of changing and growing, the sky’s the limit.
Personal growth resources
Have you ever wondered why people react so differently to identical messages? How is it that one person can see the glass as half-empty and another sees it as half-full? Why does one person hear a message and feel energized, excited and motivated while another hears the exact same message and doesn’t respond at all?
Learning to interpret and address different communication styles is one of the most important steps toward personal growth. If you address someone in the right key, you can do anything. If you address them in the wrong one, you can do nothing. Learn about communication styles here.
The road to personal growth isn’t always easy, and sometimes the only way forward is to confront the past, acknowledge it and leave it behind. We don’t need to forget it entirely – and often that’s quite impossible – but by identifying it as something that shaped us and using what we learned from it to help ourselves and others, we can truly turn our pain into fuel for our future. Read the story of Dawn Watson, an inspirational woman who embarked on a post-traumatic growth journey to overcome pain and find her purpose.
By learning about the human need for significance, you can better interpret your own actions and use this desire to help you work toward your goals. As one of the six human needs, significance plays a big part in your overall feeling of fulfillment, and how you achieve it has a surprising role in obtaining your goals. Read more about significance here.
No matter what your goals are for personal growth, creating a dedicated plan can help you get there. Though no two plans will look alike, there are a few basic principles to follow that will help you identify the real motivation behind your goals, pinpoint any possible hurdles and prepare for future success. Read more about creating your own personal growth plan here.
The road to personal growth isn’t always easy, and sometimes the only way forward is to confront the past. Read the story of Dawn Watson, an inspirational woman who embarked on a post-traumatic growth journey to overcome pain and find her purpose.
All of us carry emotional and physical scars – some inflicted by others, some by ourselves. Too often we hold on to the pain caused by those initial wounds, and as a result they do not heal properly. We harbor resentment and anger toward those who dealt them to us – and as long as those wounds fester, moving on and improving our own lives becomes impossible. Forgiving those who have wronged us helps overcome pain, experience more joy and accomplish more than we thought possible. Whether it’s learning to forgive others or to forgive yourself, adopting a life of gratitude and acceptance will create the freedom you need to pursue your own personal growth.
How is it that some people can command a room without saying a word? Through body language alone they convey confidence and draw your attention. How you appear doesn’t just change the way others perceive you – it has an impact on how you feel. By making small adjustments to your body language, you can improve your self-confidence and gain additional respect from those you’re addressing. That respect will boost your confidence even more, creating a positive feedback loop that will bolster your personal growth.
We treat failure like a four-letter word and something to be avoided at all costs. If we do fail, it is lamentable – something that will set us back and become a permanent roadblock. But failure is also one of the most powerful ways to learn. Through it, you can see what you did right, what you did wrong and what you can do differently next time. The most successful people in the world have recorded massive failures, and for many of them, failure was the greatest influence in their own personal growth.
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