You’re Either Climbing Forward or Slipping Backward
May 27, 2021
Upgrading your beliefs, habits, standards, relationships, and goals are all forms of personal growth. Most people have something they want to improve about their life. Here are a few tips for figuring out where to start. Try not to be one of those people who say they’ll get around to it “someday.”
Start Where You Are
Personal growth is first and foremost for your benefit. Start where you are. What areas of your life are you satisfied with? What are some areas you’d like to change? And where have you been settling for status quo – for living just an “ok” life?
While zeroing in on the areas you want to change, try to figure out why it’s so important to you to want to improve that area of your life. We all like to feel motivated, but this journey needs to be fueled from within. Being clear on why you want something so much will drive you. If you don’t really want it, start over and find something you do really want.
At the end of the day, you are the boss of your life. You and you alone are in charge of designing and creating your life.
Make a Specific List Monthly
Choose an area of your life to work on now. Just one. Not ten. One. Know what you want to change and why. It’s okay if you’re a little fuzzy. List two or three specific things you can do to improve that one area, and get going! Adapt and adjust as needed because you’re going to grow. You are becoming something more than you are right now. You’re evolving. And as you evolve, you’ll need new goals and tasks because the person you are today is more capable than the person you were a month ago.
Reward your effort and accomplishments with celebrations along the way for the great progress you’re making! You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Just treat yourself to something pleasurable or enjoyable. It could be enjoying your favorite meal, going to your favorite place, or having a party with friends. Positive reinforcement will motivate you to stay on track.
Share the journey and connect with like-minded people. Everyone should feel safe and free to share their challenges, struggles, insights, and successes. Create a supportive community of growth and change.
Adjust and Correct Course
It’s about making progress – not blindly following a plan that isn’t working. Almost all plans need to be adjusted. So what? Progress is what matters. You have the rest of your life to improve and grow. So, be flexible and adaptable along the way
Open Your Mind to What’s Possible
Improving your life is a gradual process. Be teachable and coachable – haven an open mind to what’s possible and for how it can be achieved.
Read books, attend seminars, listen to podcasts, follow people who are the real deal and not just talk. Feed your mind. Fuel your soul. Grow. Learn. Improve.
Nature is anything but stagnant. Change and growth are a part of life. As you grow through the various stages of life, your wants, desires and goals will also change. Enjoy the process of mastering the different areas of life. Strive to make progress all the days of your life so you can live life to the fullest and leave the world a better place for future generations.