If you’re like many people, particularly as they get older, the mere thought of personal growth is enough to make you feel discouraged. It’s challenging to make meaningful changes.
Yet, if you want to make a difference in the world — or even just your own life — you’ll have to try something new. As the saying goes, if you’re not growing … well, then I guess you’re dying. Regardless of your age, which would you rather be doing?
Discover how to live life to the fullest and make the most of your time and energy with these simple personal growth strategies.
In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying so get in motion and grow.
~ Lou Holtz
Use these personal growth strategies to stimulate your personal growth and help you reach a new level of success in your life.
When you spend time with the same group of people all of the time, you aren’t exposed to new thoughts, ideas, or conversations. Get a fresh perspective by interacting with a new group.
There’s more information available than you’re likely to ever need. Why reinvent the wheel when someone else has probably already walked the path that interests you. Investigate what’s available to you and learn from those that have already been successful.
You’ve had the experience of being excited for a moment about a new idea, only to talk yourself out of it within the first 15 seconds. The key is to take action before you give yourself a chance to think about it. Make a list, a phone call, or sketch out a quick plan.
One of the characteristics of successful people is they don’t allow discomfort to derail their efforts. On the other hand, underachievers are easily discouraged by discomfort.
Your brain cringes at the mere thought of change. You’ll have better luck if you go slowly and strive for consistent progress. Think how much progress you would have made over the last three years if you had just spent 20 minutes each day on a single project.
You experience a different perspective when you write your thoughts. It also makes a greater impression on your brain. If you want to do something, think it, say it, write it, and read it.
Garbage in – garbage out. Give yourself effective fuel for your efforts. Your body and mind run better when you eat healthy foods.
The truth is that we are all our worst enemies. We commit the same mistakes over and over. Learn from your past.
At the end of the day, take a few minutes and write down what you did well and what you could have done better. Over time, you’ll find yourself taking more effective actions and fewer actions that don’t support you.
Write down your goals and read them a couple of times each day. Ask yourself at the end of the day what you’ve done to move yourself closer to your goals.
Your brain functions better if you get some exercise each day. Without exercise, your brain falls into a rut. Use your muscles and get your heart beating for at least 20 minutes each 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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