I want to set you up for success in this personal growth journey. In this post, I will let you know how to go about your personal growth journey and how to make it amazing. At the end of the day, all we want is to become better, feel happier and more accomplished. We want to live a life where ten years to become we will not regret the life we are living now. The aim is to take advantage of the opportunity at hand and make the best out of it. Learning not to wait for tomorrow in order to love our life but to do it now.
We have discussed the benefits of personal growth, becoming a success in personal growth and the mistakes to avoid. However, we have not looked into how to keep the momentum. How do you continue with the journey without being reminded? After all this, will you keep track of your personal goals and continue building habits to become a better person? Since I am winding up on the personal growth series, I would like to share how you can keep the fire burning even after this series is over.
Personally, I have adopted personal growth as a lifestyle. I make sure that I have learned something new daily. How do I do that? I will answer that shortly but first, let me speak of the benefits of making personal growth a lifestyle.
Benefits of making personal growth a lifestyle
In the process of seeking to become a better person daily, I have become more enthusiastic. There is more positive energy flowing within me. With time, I also feel happier and on tough days, I am able to push myself through it. This journey is teaching me to be more grateful and mindful, more present and the best of it is being able to help others.
I am not an expert in the personal growth journey but I recommend you experiment and see what works for you. However, this is not a treatment to serious issues and if you are not sure what to do seek professional help. All the same, I have benefited greatly and it is not something I regret.
Personal growth journey
A journey with no definite destination, it is continuous and never-ending. It gets easier but sometimes has more challenges. How exactly can you enjoy it? Also, how can you ensure that you are always making progress?
As I mentioned earlier on in the series, personal growth is about knowing yourself and becoming more aware of who you are. It is also about becoming more confident, courageous, mindful, grateful, learning to deal with failure, overcoming challenges, etc. However, the first step is knowing yourself and after, working towards making yourself better for you. With that in mind, here is how to go about your personal growth journey and enjoy it as well as ensure that you are always making progress.
1. Read everyday
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.George R.R. Martin
If I am being honest, this does not work for me as such. I feel like society looks down upon people who have not formed a culture of reading daily. Or maybe it is just a feeling.
Truth be told, reading is important. I wish I would prioritize reading more than I do currently. When you read, you learn something new and therefore making a habit of reading daily is an assurance that you are progressing in your personal growth journey. But which books should you read?
Read a book that inspires you and motivates you. Read a self-help book, an entrepreneurship book, fiction, etc. just make sure the books you are reading are adding value to your life because what you feed your mind determines your appetite.
Because I love experimenting, I decided to try audio books. On the first week, I finished one book and I was so happy with myself. Since then, I have stopped putting pressure on myself that I have to literally read. I just take my phone and earphones and I am a happy lady. So, if you are just like me who finds it hard to sit down and read, then you can listen to audio books.
When do I listen to audiobooks? Any time I have the chance to and most importantly during commutes to and from work.
You do not have an excuse now. Just start now!
Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.Mina Murray
For some of us, we find therapy in writing. I really love writing and that is why I really enjoy every minute that I spend creating content. Writing helps you to dump your thoughts and sometimes even clear your mind. When you have a clear mind, you tend to be more productive. I believe that very many good ideas form when you are showering, at least it happens for me. Those ideas are normally priceless and I love noting them down before I forget.
In addition, before I officially start working I make sure that I write something in my mind. Whether it is a crazy thought or some words of motivation for myself, I have to write something. This helps on that day you feel so low and after reading what you wrote in the past, you laugh at yourself or end up reminding yourself something important.
Both analog (pen and paper) and digital journaling are good. It is your choice to see what makes you feel best. You do not have to write many pages, even one paragraph or sentence can do. When you are ready, make a tiny habit of journaling at least once a day for as long as two minutes for a start.
3. Have time alone
We need solitude, because when we’re alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts.Tamim Ansary
We often neglect listening to ourselves. The only time you can listen to yourself is when you are alone. That time alone helps you to look at your life, review your goals and get to know how you feel about everything that is happening in your life.
It is during such a time that you can evaluate your personal growth journey and know which areas you are making progress and what you need to work on. ‘Me time’ is a necessity, especially for introverts.
I try to spend at least 10 minutes with myself daily. These ten minutes help me unwind and reset after a long day. It is also a good time to revisit my life purpose. And because I am an introvert, neglecting time alone costs me my energy and productivity.
4. Organize your environment
Clearing clutter—be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual—brings about ease and inspires a sense of peace, calm, and tranquility.Laurie Buchanan
Clutter is an enemy of growth. There is nothing I hate more than messy places. I get very anxious and frustrated when things are all over or dirty or just misplaced – almost driving me insane. Something else that clutter does is that it makes you always want to buy more and more stuff.
My personal growth journey has taught me to be intentional. I am also very intentional with what I buy and how I organize my stuff. Being in an orderly environment creates order also in my mind. And, it saves time. Make an effort to always leave your environment clean.
5. Workout to feel great
Exercise is a celebration for what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate.Women’s Health UK
What is the main reason why you workout? If you don’t work out, what makes you not work out? I love the energy that comes from working out. Well, yes you need it to lose weight but that is not why I workout. For the majority of the time, I don’t really love working out. It is hard and for me, it is stepping out of my comfort zone.
Those 5 minutes it takes me to convince myself why I need to work out are not the best minutes. However, each time I succeed with my workout routine I am more than excited. All of a sudden I get happier and more energetic. For me, workout constantly teaches me to step out of my comfort zone, to survive through the pain and to find a channel to release negativity.
It is because of working out that I can tolerate more and learn that I cannot give up. Find a workout routine that works for you, and just start pushing yourself to do it. If you prefer going to the gym, go ahead else if you like doing it at home, know that you need more self-discipline and go for it.
Besides losing weight, exercise makes you feel great. Whatever happens in your body during a workout session is necessary for your personal growth journey.
6. Repeat affirmations
How often do you talk to yourself? No, you are not mad or crazy for doing it once in a while. Even if you do not actually speak it out for anybody to hear, it is good to converse with yourself. Ask yourself some questions and reassure yourself. Affirmations are statements you tell yourself repeatedly.
It is good to remind yourself about what you can achieve. Positive statements like, ‘I am good enough’ and ‘I can do this’, make a great impact in your life. It is therefore good to remind yourself what you are capable of doing and that you will overcome what is ahead of you. Also, you have what it takes to go through whatever lies ahead.
The only way to know what you got and what you are capable of is by knowing yourself better. You can equip yourself to face challenges by knowing yourself and understanding how to go about it. That is personal growth. We are human beings and capable of forgetting, so make a point of reminding yourself that you are great.
Here is part of my daily affirmation inspired by Lisa Nichols and I repeat it so often in a day and it just makes me feel great: “Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today is the first day of the best part of my life. I choose to no longer ask for permission. Get ready because, from this day forward, I am giving notice.” How transformational is that creed?
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What do you need first? You cannot do everything at once and if you really want to enjoy this journey you have to do it one step at a time. One tiny habit at a time, one routine at a time, one book at a time, one paragraph at a time and one small change at a time.
Slow and steady, you will get there. The task is to put things in order of priority. Start with matters most to you and build on it. Personal growth helps you put things into perspective. That is why we set annual goals in order to know where to start. Those goals are your priority and you need to select which one you will start working on.
8. Take a risk
Are you willing to risk it all to gain it all?Lisa Nichols
I am not saying that you do something crazy. Take the risk to know yourself and listen to yourself. The risk is that you might discover you never knew who you were but on the other side is that you will realize all the great things you have that you never knew.
Likewise, there are fears in our life. Why don’t we confront them one fear at a time? I know it is hard and ahh! That is where is personal growth leads you to. As you grow, you realize that there are obstacles you need to overcome in life and fears that you need to get over.
But as I said earlier, you have got what it takes to deal with everything happening to you. Let’s take the risk together.
9. Challenge yourself
Challenge and adversity are meant to help you know who you are. Storms hit your weakness but unlock your true strength.Roy T. Bennett
Don’t stay in your comfort zone. As soon as you learn something and are happy with yourself, start something new. Your dreams need to scare you and make you happy as well. As you near your dreams, challenges become more and hence you need to prepare yourself for those challenges by challenging yourself now.
One thing I realized about myself in my personal growth journey is that I really love being comfortable. I am a risk taker but it makes me feel very uncomfortable so sometimes I back out. However, being aware of this enabled me to take more risks and challenge myself more. I can now feel the discomfort and conquer it.
You should never let yourself be comfortable because as soon as you do, you stop growing. I’ve participated in some challenges that I will share with you soon (follow me on Instagram) that have made me a better person. Challenges also make life less boring, agree?
Make some time to rest. There is this phenomenon of the ‘grind culture’. It is a trend on the rise and what it is doing is that it is destroying lives more than it is building. Yes, we have to work hard but we need to rest and make time for other important things in our lives like family. As you plan your to-do list make sure you slot in time periods to rest. You cannot be productive for 24 hours so consider taking breaks every now and then. Learning to make time to rest is part of the personal growth journey. Therefore, you have to be conscious of it and make an effort to make it work.
By now, you know the little things to work on in order to make your personal growth journey amazing and in motion. Always remember that you are doing all this for you and because for you to make the world a better place, you have to make yourself better. Enjoy the journey, make the most out of this current moment, love your life more and live the best life. All the very best.
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