Blog Post | Personal Growth in 2021
6 Ways Personal Growth Leads to More Joy and Sustainable Change
A new year gives us an opportunity to reset, explore new directions, and focus on what we want to be different in our lives. We are not talking about new years resolutions here, because we know the statistics on how many of those amazing resolutions will fade away as the weeks go by. We are talking about strategic and behavior-based approaches to support personal growth and development which in turn leads to sustainable change.
Personal growth and development are not just something you do because you want to feel better or be healthier. It is actually a way to take back control over your life and your decisions. Personal growth is an ongoing process that requires you to get to know yourself, to be more honest about how you are and what you need, and to remember what is crucial for yourself and your happiness. Here are six ways that personal growth can help you feel more in control of your life and on track with the goals and changes you want to experience.
#1. It Teaches You to Accept and Love Yourself
One of the most significant benefits of personal growth is its focus on self-reflection. The longer you spend working on bettering yourself, the more you realize that the most important person you need to please in your life is you. Loving and accepting yourself is a considerable outcome of personal growth, and when you finally manage to accomplish this, you realize that you can let go of other’s opinions about you, ideas about your goals, and influence over your time. You can gain control over everything you envision for yourself because you accept that your opinion is the only one that truly matters in life.
#2. It Helps You Learn to Rely on Yourself
Through the hard work of personal growth, you being to realize that no matter what happens in your life, the only person who will always be there for you is yourself and that you have everything you need to overcome life’s many obstacles and challenges. Self-development strengthens your resilience, gives you the discipline and skills to face adversity, and helps you see your personal power that you can rely on no matter what you are facing in life. The stronger and more confident you feel, the more you can depend on yourself when you really need it.
#3. It Helps You Clarify your Goals and Needs
Be engaging in the work of personal growth, you really get to learn about what is essential for you, what you want in life. The process of figuring how you want to improve yourself requires introspection, which gives you the chance to get clear on what you really want in life, what is important to you, and how you want to go about accomplishing your goals. The more you know yourself, the more you will be able to get in touch with your values and beliefs, which should be guiding your goals in all that you do.
#4. It Enables You to Manage Your Emotions
When you focus on personal growth, you soon realize that the only thing you really get to control in life is how you prepare and respond to whatever happens. You get to control your mindset, attitude, and outlook, which play a significant role in how you react to the world and its many ups and downs. Learning to manage your emotions allows you to control your actions and reactions and reign in how you allow other people to make you feel.
#5. It Strengthens Your Support Network
When you are focused on growing and developing yourself, you soon realize that not everyone in your life has your best interests at heart. The more you want better for yourself, the more you understand the importance of surrounding yourself with people who care for and support you, and that anyone who is not interested in helping you should not have a role in your life.
#6. It Helps Your Maintain Boundaries
When you are interested in personal growth, you put yourself and your priorities first in life, which enables you to set and honor boundaries to protect yourself. Learning to say “no” to those things that are not beneficial for you and that are against your best interests is crucial to taking control over your life, and personal growth gives you the insight and strength to do just that.
What resonates for you when you consider the six outcomes above? What will you want to create sustainable change around as the new year gets underway? If personal growth is on your list, consider joining one of our groups or Workshops as a way to receive both individual coaching support and the power of group collaboration to supercharge your efforts and experience.
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Robin Nordmeyer, PCAC
ADHD Coach | Center For Living Well with ADHD, LLC