Whether you choose to accept it or not, there are five simple daily personal growth practices that have the power to change your life. This post is an updated version of a post I originally wrote in 2009, yet it remains just as pertinent now as it felt back then. For me, perhaps even more so because it serves as a reminder of some fundamentals from which I’ve caught myself drifting away.
As a student of personal development and self improvement, you’ve no doubt come to the understanding that everything you achieve in life is fundamentally determined by your thinking. Thoughts are real things which lead to a feeling, which lead to an action, which lead to an outcome. This is the basis by which you create your life.
So it stands to reason that no matter what you wish to create in your life, applying a consistent set of daily personal growth practices -– a routine –- that will promote good thinking habits can only serve you in creating more of what you want in life … and help to make you much more proficient at the same time.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
~ John Henry Newman
In my experience, I’ve come to see the power of applying five very basic personal growth practices into my daily routine that have become strong habits and which have served to strengthen my ability to deliberately apply Law of Attraction in my life.
No doubt you’ve heard of all of these, but have you made them a daily habit for yourself in order to benefit from their combined power? Probably not.
If one or more of these elements is missing from your routine, you may find yourself struggling in one or more areas of your life.
John Henry Newman said, “Growth is the only evidence of life”. Consider the profoundness of that statement and contribute to your growth as a leader in your own life by spending focused time on your personal growth and development every day.
Or don’t, in which case you are really choosing to stop living.
Spend even just 20 minutes writing out your goals and affirmations. Listen to a CD. Read an inspiring book. Learn from the masters. Feed yourself every day with positive thoughts and messages.
Begin to integrate these things into your day and develop the habit of doing so daily. By doing so, you are feeding your mind in a positive way.
Professional athletes and top business leaders know the power of visualization. Self help teachers through history have extolled the virtues of learning to quiet your mind with meditation.
At least once a day, take the time to quiet your mind and connect with who you intend to be –– the CEO of you, the leader of you, the inspiring leader of your own life who has massive results and success at whatever you choose.
Use a brief meditation to quiet the rampant mind chatter … take a couple of deep breaths, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing for even for just a couple of minutes. That’s all it need to take.
Then visualize in your mind you are achieving your goals. The goals needn’t be major, just ensure they reflect something you really want. Is it a new car? Great … visualize yourself looking at new cars. See and enter the dealership in your mind. Sit in the car in the show room. Visualize your taking the car for a test drive. Where are you driving? How does it handle? How does the new car smell? Now visualize completing your offer sheet and choosing all the options you want. Picture yourself picking up the keys and taking delivery of your car.
Professional sprinters will visualize their entire race from entering the starting blocks, right through to the finish line. There’s incredible power in doing that.
You, too, will experience tremendous results just from taking 5 minutes each day to visualize you achieving what you want in specific detail. So find a time when you can be alone for 5 minutes and do it.
One of the most fundamental personal growth practices you can adopt is to set aside one hour, which you’ve explicitly scheduled in your day and which is your uninterrupted time spent only on activities that will move you closer to your goals.
What are those activities? The more time you spend visualizing the clearer the path to follow to get there will become. You will find yourself inspired to take actions – your inner voice will begin to guide you.
Perhaps it’s taking a course, or undertaking project, or starting a home business … whatever the appropriate steps happen to be, they will become clear to you.
Just be sure to set aside the time to actually do them. If you can’t find the time, then get up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later. No matter what, find the hour. And protect that hour jealously.
It is in this time that you ultimately make your dreams come true. It is this time that you are taking the action that needs to be taken.
Set the expectation of leadership in everything you do. What does this mean?
Simply, it means holding yourself accountable for actually doing what you say you intend to do. What’s the one action you can take today that helps to move your forward in the direction of your goals? You already know what it is because you’ve done the visualization. So the next thing for you to do is to actually do it.
Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. Action is what makes it all come together. Consistently taking the action you’ve identified (which you can do in your scheduled core time) puts you in integrity with yourself and sends a clear signal to the Universe that you’re ready to begin receiving what you want.
Spend time with others who are successful in what they do and are effective leaders. These may be people you already know, such as business associates, friends or co-workers. Or you may need to start to make new friends and build new networks in your community.
Other leaders are easy to spot. They are successful. Build relationships with them. Exchange ideas. You learn the most from people who are already accomplishing that to which you aspire.
Make a point of hanging around with people who will help you get better. Spend at least 30 minutes masterminding every day. It may take the form of a phone conversation. Or a lunch. Or exchanging emails. Or listening to a presentation. Or joining a club or association.
It doesn’t matter so long as you make a habit of doing some kind of masterminding it every day.
An Intrinsic Coach® and enthusiastic student of personal development, I've been actively writing on a range of related topics for over 10 years. The range of topics I share has varied over time, but I try to pick ones that will hopefully strike a chord with you. You may or may not always enjoy everything I write, but if you appreciate the effort please make a point to share it with someone else.
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