Factors that Influence Your Personal Growth
Life is a process of learning and growing. Who we are now is not who we will always be. I remember that as a student, I was a very shy and insecure girl. I was not confident in my path and who God has called me to be.
It took me a while to get here but I have begun to grow more into myself. I still have more to learn in this life, however I can attest that I am becoming more of the woman that I always aspired to be.
I have learned how to go after all that I care about. I have learned to see my worth and value. I have learned to walk away from what and who does not align with the standards that I have set for my life.
If you are seeking personal growth, I am here for you. Here are factors that influence your personal growth.
Your Willingness to Adapt
Your ability to adapt will affect your personal growth. You cannot be so fixated on having your life appear to be one way. Your environment and circumstances in life might change. Life is not predictable. Things happen that might take you of track.
When that occurs, do you find ways to adapt and move on or do you surrender?
Adaptation requires flexibility. Flexibility will require you to challenge yourself to do and see things differently.
Exposure to New Environments
You cannot grow if you are always doing the same things repeatedly. You cannot grow if you never try to put yourself in a different environment. Growth will require you to get uncomfortable.
Growth will require you to do something you have never done before. Do not get too comfortable with the same environment. Be willing to step out and explore. Be willing to test yourself with new skills and challenges.
A Desire to Keep Learning
Life is a learning process. If you are not eager to learn new things, you will not grow. We live in a fast-paced world. There’s always new knowledge and technology out that can prove to be a solution.
Do not remain stuck in one idea of how things should be. Allow yourself to keep updating your skills. Allow yourself to venture into different disciplines.
The more you learn, the more you improve on your value and the more that you make yourself an asset to those around you.
A Willingness to Fail Several Times
A spirit of perfection will deter your growth. Rebuke it in the name of Jesus. The more you try to make everything perfect, the less likely you are to ever begin anything. Stop trying to be perfect. Allow yourself to take a risk in your goals and dreams.
Understand that failure is a very real possibility. However, failure is not the end of the road. However, failure is what will enable you to understand how you can be better. Go out there and fail in big and little ways.
You will have the last laugh because it will make you grow.
Your Endurance to Hardship & Criticism
Life is not easy. Your path towards your goals is not always going to be smooth. Some people will believe in you. Some will not. Some people will sing your praises. Others would criticize and condemn you. You must understand how to maneuver all this.
If you are someone that is always shaken by criticism, you will quit on your ideas and dreams. You need to develop a spirit of endurance and perseverance. You must be motivated by your dreams and visions to withstand criticism.
Criticism is a part of life. Do not allow it to hold you back. Instead, let it push you forward to your dreams.
Hanging with Negative People is Detrimental
Be very careful of who you share your dreams and goals with. Some would rather kill your dreams than encourage you out of their own envy and insecurities.
Your circle matters. Stop spending so much time with people who are not interested in your growth. Stop spending so much time with people who are intimidated by your potential.
Get around a crew of go-getters where you are both encouraging each other to fly high.
An Open Mindset
Are you open to a different perspective? Are you open to people who do not look like you? Are you open to people who do not share your same religion, tribe and class?
People who are close-minded hinder themselves from growth. They tend to believe that they have all the answers. They can only see things from one point of view.
Have an open mindset. Mingle with different people because that is how you expose yourself to growth. You do not have all the answers. Also, you do not know someone else’s story until you have walked in their shoes.
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