If you ask me, personal growth is difficult to define. Partly because, well, it is a personal journey to us all. Broadly speaking, personal growth is the efforts we make to improve ourselves as individuals, our life, experiences, knowledge or skills. Working on our personal growth occurs over time and it mostly involves routines, practices or activities that we do in order to enhance our quality of life. For me, personal growth means working on myself so that I evolve, learn new things, become more aware or better at something. It also means that I work on myself so that I become a better person, firstly for myself, and then for others around me. Below I will share with you some tips for personal growth which I find helpful. I hope that these tips for personal growth help you in some way too.
FOCUS ON YOUR PATH
We are all unique. We have different wants, needs, visions and aspirations. You should focus on the road you are on, not the path which others are taking. It is so easy to become consumed in the accomplishments of other people. This can often make us feel discouraged and like we shouldn’t try to chase our dreams. However, you should avoid comparing your journey to someone else and stay true to yourself. Maybe change your focus of thinking. Instead of feeling discouraged, find inspiration and motivation from others. If you have something you wish to achieve, keep working on it, regardless of what others are doing. Chase what inspires and motivates you. Focus on your path because you never know where it will take you. Just imagine what you could achieve if you focused on yourself and your goals.
READ MORE, LEARN MORE
Keeping our brains active and engaged prevents it from losing power. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you become when tackling any challenges. Even as we get older it is important to keep our minds simulated through reading and learning. What excites my need to learn is that I get complete freedom to explore knowledge and skills which truly interest me. Make it a goal to read more often. It can be a book, an article, or listening to audio-books. Seek out new skills you can learn. Remember that anything you wish to learn doesn’t have to have a purpose. It can be something you have always been curious about. Focus on learning things that nourish your soul and spirit. Keep that brain power going.
Being creative gives us opportunities to try out new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem-solving. When we are creative we feel a sense of pride and freedom. Being creative can also reduce stress, anxiety or any other mood swings. It can also help us be expressive and practice our self awareness. You can improve your creativity simply by incorporating creative activities in your life. Maybe re-new an old hobby or start a new hobby. Buy some art supplies, write, read, create. Make it a goal to stay creative as much as you can. However, beware not to expect perfection. Instead, enjoy the process of being creative rather than pressuring yourself to create something great. It is all about enjoying the process.
We do not always realize the importance of our health and how it contributes to our personal growth. For some, living a healthy lifestyle means regular exercise. For others, improving their sleep habits or nutrition may be the priority. To be able to keep growing and developing you need to maintain your body and mind in a healthy state. Better health is a side effect to many personal growth habits. It can help keep you sharp, focused, resilient and motivated. Practicing healthy habits can also enhance your sleep and energy levels, improve mental health, prevent disease, injury and so much more. Make it a priority to fuel your body with good food, hydrate, and move regularly. Keep in mind that nourishing your body is just as important as nourishing your mind and soul. Work on establishing daily healthy habits that you can maintain.
We all want to be productive every day and to do our best to get everything done. Unfortunately life can get in the way and we can slip up. What is most important is to do little things everyday to keep yourself productive. This means you are achieving the small goals which get you closer to where you want to be.
Do what you can to plan ahead, make to-do lists, reminders, sleep well, take breaks. Manage your distractions by creating a system. For example, move the things that aimlessly distract you towards the evening and use the day to focus on your goals. Place focus on things that matter most and do them as efficiently as possible. For me, being productive means that I am placing importance on things that matter the most that day and I work on getting those things done first. I find it helpful to prioritize chores or things that are necessary and then I move onto things that I enjoy or find fulfilling. Also, be realistic. Do not overwhelm yourself with too many plans, or tasks. Giving yourself some down time is important but always stay on track by establishing positive daily habits. This will help you achieve the things you need to do.
Travelling allows us to meet new people, gain perspective, develop patience and learn something new. For me, traveling is one of my biggest passions because traveling truly broadens the mind. Most people feel that travel allows them to create a shift in their perspective. Sometimes, even a pause in our routines, or small trips can allow us to re-think our values, what we want and how we see the world. We can use travel to develop and evolve our personalities and self-development. Weather you travel overseas, or to a different city you will discover and learn something new. When you can, be sure to step out of your routine and experience a new environment, new people or a new culture. Traveling can challenge your preconceived notions and teach you that there is more to everything than meets the eye.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Personal growth is important so that we mature, grow, learn, become successful and to be happy. However personal growth doesn’t happen overnight. It happens slowly and over time. Consistency is what creates meaningful change through daily practices and lifestyles. Never give up on the journey just because of the time it takes to achieve something. The time will pass anyway. Do your best to stay consistent with any routines, practices and activities which help you to continually grow and develop as an individual.
Working on your personal growth can help you in all areas of your life and is therefore largely a personal journey. However it is a journey that we should all prioritize. There are many benefits to working on your personal growth but for the most part, it helps you grow as a person. My tips for working on your personal growth encompass routines we can all incorporate into our daily lives over time.
I hope these tips for working on your personal growth have sparked a little motivation in you, or that they help nudge you in the right direction.