13 Strategies To Accelerate Your Personal Growth
Every one of us has the potential to become successful and achieve his dreams. This potential can only be reached through growth.
Growth is an intentional act.
You need to be actively working on your personal growth.
Many people make the assumption that they’ll grow automatically.
That they’ll get better with time.
The truth is, no one improves by accident. If you want your life to improve, you’ll have to work on improving yourself.
This article contains 13 strategies to accelerate your personal growth and become a happier and more successful person.
Ready? Let’s drive right in!
- How to Achieve Personal Growth
- #1. Start now.
- #2. Be intentional about your growth.
- #3. Know yourself.
- #4. Make a plan.
- #5. Change your limiting beliefs.
- #6. Stop comparing yourself to others.
- #7. Add value to others.
- #8. Reflect upon your experiences.
- #9. Motivation gets you going, Discipline keeps you growing.
- #10. Set goals.
- #11. Change your environment.
- #12. Move forward despite criticism.
- #13. Have a clear vision.
Ways to Stimulate Personal Growth.
– Distance yourself from those who bring you down and surround yourself with people who are ahead of you.
– Give up your bad habits and replace them with good ones.
– Seek knowledge and learn new skills through a 20-minute-read every day in your field or in self-development in general, listening audiobooks and podcasts, attending seminars, and workshops…
– Do something out of your comfort zone.
– Create goals and work on achieving them.
How to Achieve Personal Growth
#1. Start now.
The law of Diminishing Intent states that “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
People would wait until they’re ready to start anything.
The truth is, you won’t do anything unless you go ahead and do it whether you’re ready or not.
Start today your growing journey and keep going.
You might not be able to see the whole route, but as you move forward, you’ll see it progressively.
#2. Be intentional about your growth.
Look at your calendar for the next twelve months and make time each week or every day specifically for personal growth.
Whether it was a 30-minute-read in your field or in self-development in general, or it was spending time with people who are ahead of you.
Schedule time to improve yourself and make it a habit.
#3. Know yourself.
The path to personal growth starts with acknowledging who you are and accepting yourself before you can start building.
You can know more about yourself by asking these questions:
Do I like what I’m doing now?
Many people don’t like what they do for a living.
They do it simply out of the necessity of having to make a living, or out of fear of uncertainty and the fear that they might not find anything better.
There’s definitely a risk in changing what you’re currently doing. You might fail or you might take a pay cut.
But which risk you would rather live with, the risk of failure, or the risk of coming to the end of your life with regrets that you never did what you love?
What would I like to do?
Passion gives you an advantage over others. It gives you energy.
You’re more likely to succeed and reach your potential doing something you’re passionate about than doing something you’re merely interested in.
If you don’t know what you really love to do yet, keep searching, because once you find it, you’ll bring something extra to your work that will guarantee your success.
Can I do What I like to do?
There’s a big difference between having a dream that drives you to achieve and “pulling an idea out of thin air” that doesn’t align with who you are and what you can do.
You need to know the difference between what you want and what you’re good at. Your dream should also be aligned with your values and priorities in life.
Finding your desire is the result of knowing yourself including knowing your values, priorities, what drives you in life, what gives you satisfaction most, your abilities and talents…
#4. Make a plan.
Write down the steps you need to take to go where you desire to go. Make these steps as clear and measurable as possible. They might not be the right steps to take.
But you can’t decide until you start moving forward. People who get ahead in the world, are those who take initiative. This means taking steps every day that will get you closer to your goal.
#5. Change your limiting beliefs.
“It’s impossible to consistently behave in a manner inconsistent with how we see ourselves. We can do very few things in a positive way if we feel negative about ourselves.” – Zig Ziglar
You can’t add value to yourself unless you believe in yourself and see the possibilities you have in yourself. It doesn’t help to be surrounded by people who don’t believe in you.
But you shouldn’t become too concerned about what others think of you. You should be more concerned about what you think of yourself.
One of the best ways to improve your self-esteem and start thinking highly of yourself is to practice positive self-talk.
Watch the way you speak to yourself and stop yourself when a negative thought comes to your mind, change it with a positive one, even if you don’t quite believe it. Repeating positive thoughts will make you believe it and if you can believe it, then it’ll become your reality.
You need to become your own cheerleader. Instead of counting your flaws, start counting your strengths.
Choose some positive affirmations and recite them every day, right when you wake up in the morning and just before you head to sleep.
#6. Stop comparing yourself to others.
When you compare yourself to others, you either feel discouraged when you see that others are way ahead of you, or you become proud when you perceive yourself to be better than someone else. And neither will help you to grow.
The only one you should compare yourself to is you. Your goal is to become better than you were yesterday. And that you do it by focusing on yourself and what you can do today to improve.
Comparing yourself to your old self should be your motivation to keep going.
#7. Add value to others.
People with low self-esteem, often see themselves as the victim of their circumstances. As a result, they focus excessively on themselves. They become selfish.
This is why serving others can help tremendously in increasing one’s sense of self-esteem.
By helping someone, you make a difference, even a small one, in his life and it’s hard to feel bad about yourself when you’re doing something good for someone else.
Moreover, when you help someone, they will value you more which creates a cycle of positivity. This is why whatever you give, comes back to you, oftentimes multiplied.
#8. Reflect upon your experiences.
Experience is a hard teacher who gives its test before giving the lesson. But that’s true only if the person reflects upon the experience and learns the lesson.
Otherwise, you’ll only go through the test without learning much.
People go through numerous experiences every day and learn little, simply because they never take the time to reflect. The lessons learned can life changer.
#9. Motivation gets you going, Discipline keeps you growing.
Everyone wants to feel inspired and encouraged. But when it comes to personal growth, motivation can only get you going, discipline, however, is what will keep you going. Consistency is key.
When starting your personal growth journey, you shouldn’t attempt to take on too much. Start small. This way you’ll feel more encouraged to keep going and doing more.
More importantly, be patient. People miss out on the opportunity to achieve significant things because they give up too soon. Everything worthwhile in life takes time and dedication.
#10. Set goals.
Your life goals are reached through setting annual goals and then dividing these into monthly, weekly, and daily goals. These daily goals become habits and habits turn actions into a lifestyle.
Author Darren Hardy, in his book, The Compound Effect, explains how the little, everyday decisions can shape your destiny. In fact, the steps taken every day don’t feel significant. However, the results can be massive.
This is why you need to start doing something every day that will get you closer to your goals. If you want to be a writer, don’t wait for inspiration or for a block to go away for you to start writing.
Write something anyway, it could be absolute nonsense, but it can inspire you to write your next masterpiece.
#11. Change your environment.
An environment that is favorable for your growth, is an environment where others are ahead of you. If you find yourself the smartest in the room, then you’re in the wrong room. The best place to grow is where others are ahead of you.
A growth environment is also an environment where you’re continuously challenged, where you find yourself often out of your comfort zone and where failure is not your enemy.
Such an environment might not be comfortable, but it’s what you’re going to need in order to achieve personal growth.
#12. Move forward despite criticism.
Growth requires taking action which almost always brings criticism. Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, stated “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a plan of action and follow it to the end requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them.”
If you want to reach personal growth, you must do, not only what others believe you cannot do, but what even you believe you cannot do.
#13. Have a clear vision.
It’s not enough to set goals and be busy achieving them. If you’re busy planning, reading books, and going to conferences without a vision, then you’re not growing.
You need to define your big picture. What areas you must grow in order to achieve your purpose? Then define a system with goals in order to advance yourself in those areas.
Did I miss anything?
Now I’d like to hear from you.
Which techniques from today’s post are you going to try first?
Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite techniques.
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