I think it’s pretty fair to say that we all strive to see our lives improve. Who doesn’t want to have great relationships, be physically fit or gain more health? Yet none of us have a genie we can rub to make our lives magically more fulfilling.
People make all sorts of personal goals in an effort to be more confident, enjoy financial growth and experience happiness. To do so is admiral. I believe we were created with a deep desire to want to improve ourselves.
Where we sometimes miss the mark in personal growth, is that we assume that the process of writing goals down or talking about them will produce results. In fact, way too often it becomes just that, talk. Keeping our goals before us is important but talk can become cheap real fast, if not backed up with some action.
If we truly desire personal growth we must be willing to dedicate time and effort to the process. This requires diligence and the need to be uncomfortable with the status quo. Let’s face it, if after examining your life you’re satisfied with everything, you will not see growth manifest in your life. What you will experience is complacency, the enemy of personal growth.
Truth is, “saying” is so much easier than “doing”, which is why a few guidelines may be in order if we really desire personal growth.
- Ask yourself if your relationships are enhancing your personal goals. In order to move forward you must be willing to release the past. When we hold on to unforgiveness, we find ourselves caught in the past unable to move forward. Learn to forgive others and yourself. Surround yourself with individuals that can lift you up, encouragers. Do you have people in your life that are pushing you to go further? That are assisting you to meet your personal goals or is their lack of enthusiasm actually draining you? These are difficult questions, but in order to truly grow the question must be asked.
- Decide what areas you want to see growth in. Create foundational goals and map out a way to achieve them. For instance, if you want to master a particular subject, be willing to take a class or sit with a mentor to pick their brain, and don’t just listen, put their advice to work.
- Invest in you. We do this by making sure we are strong in spirit, mind and body. By addressing all three areas, we see the greatest potential for personal growth. It does you no good to focus all your attention on your body and neglect your mind, or to focus solely on your mind and not feed your spirit. As a triune being we need to make sure we are fully whole.
- Respect your body by making correct choices when it comes to your eating habits. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you, not lead you to temptation.
- We respect our minds by staying positive and making it a point to learn new skills. Dwelling on the negative will only stunt your personal growth goals.
- Honor your spirit by having a genuine relationship with God. As a Christian this means putting Christ at the center of your life. With our spirit area strong we can face life challenges and do so with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Lastly, if you want to achieve personal growth you need to be fearless. Be willing to experiment. Keeping an old mind set causes stagnation. While trying something new, even if scary will cause growth to spill into all areas of your life. So be a risk taker! Get on that plane and travel to a distant land, try new foods, experience different cultures. More importantly enjoy the journey of your life and live it fully. Personal growth is a life-long endeavor, those who understand this live more rewarding lives. Don’t ever get to a place where you think there is no room for growth in your life.