“When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Indomitable Spirit
Life is a journey – so we’ve been told over and over and over. Who we are at the beginning of the journey naturally changes over the course of the time as our bodies and mind age. Consistent attention to improving our physical condition gives us strength to endure even the most challenging trails. However, no matter how strong we are physically, if we don’t have the mental strength to overcome roadblocks on our journey, we could unconsciously choose a path of least resistance.
Consistent attention to improving our mental capacity takes a conscious effort as well. This is often referred to as personal growth. It can be painful and leave your ego a little bruised. It can also be freeing and leave you with a deeper understanding of yourself and what you are truly capable of.
If you happen to meet someone along on your journey that inspires you, and causes you to see yourself better than you see yourself, you are likely to have met someone who is growing personally. If they lift you up and add value to your life they are growing personally. If they are grateful, and humble, and love you unconditionally they are growing personally. If they see failure as an opportunity, they are growing personally. If they are quick to forgive and apologize, they are growing personally.
Personal growth must be intentional and consistent, just like working out. Outside of a life event that unexpectedly causes us to grow, you must make a conscious effort to do so. Here are some suggestions for a personal growth plan.
- Choose a word for the month that represents your intention and what you want to focus on, i.e, Courage, Fun, Time,
- Write 5 thing you are grateful for everyday
- Read a page or chapter from a personal growth book (Follow me on Goodreads for some suggestions
- Do one random act of kindness a day
- Spend 5 minutes in silence
- Take a hike in nature with no phone.
- Disconnect from electronics daily