The amount of personal growth we experience in life depends on the environments we choose to live and work in, the people we associate with at work and personally and the experiences we engage in on a daily basis.
If you are an ambitious person with audacious goals, who thrives on change, take risks and is constantly investing in self-education; it is far more likely you will experience rapid personal growth compared to a person who despises change and enjoys associating with the same people, feels comfortable in their usual work and home environments and stays longer than necessary in relationships that are way past their due date.
As Mel Robbins explains:
“Life is about growth and exploration, not achieving a fixed state of balance. You have a very limited time on earth to experience all that you can. Figuring out how to squeeze the most out of your family, work, and spirituality is your life’s purpose. Go do it”.
Being a personal development junkie all of my life, I have an insatiable desire for change and knowledge with my greatest lessons in life being delivered via personal relationships. As painful as these experiences were, the blessings that transpired were believe it or not, worth all of the trials and tribulations. We all experience growth resultant of major challenges that push us outside of our comfort zones and/or personal catastrophe.
Personal growth helps you to:
- cease associating with people whom you no longer resonate with.
- terminate habits and/or hobbies that no longer serve you.
- helps you to find your true purpose in life.
- understand your triggers and blind spots.
- seeing someone else’s perspective to create positive change in your own life.
- shift your priorities, goals and values.
- boost your self-worth and confidence.
- reassess who we are and what we want from life.
As we grow personally, we leave people and opportunities behind on a personal and professional basis, that no longer resonate with who we are. This transition can be a challenge dependant upon the closeness of our relationships and how we attached we are to achieving a specific outcome.
As we experience significant change those closest to us such as family and friends tend to be confused about what you say and how you act as they feel uncertain of who you have become. They often will be caught off guard or frustrated by the changes within you and attempt to influence you to revert to your outdated ways of being.
To attest this point, John.C.Maxwell suggests:
“Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth”.
When we are in midst of significant change, it can invoke feelings of uncertainty and loneliness like no-one understands us or knows who we truly are anymore. Personal growth may occur from leaving a partner and/or family, leaving full-time employment to become an entrepreneur, an event such as a pregnancy or divorce, losing a loved one, loss due to a fire, moving to a new home, being promoted or transferring overseas for work or moving into a new industry.
Resultant of my own personal growth experiences, I have had the opportunity to write for an US magazine and create a new business – Zillionaire Creations, an entrepreneurial clothing line along with shifting my mindset and reassessing my life’s priorities which has created significant behavioural change. This has favourably impacted my personal and professional relationships for which I am very grateful for. Whilst these experiences cannot be classified as easy to manage, the final outcomes are far more valuable than we may choose to admit.