When you are unsure of how to better yourself and accelerate your personal growth, or what personal development will look like in your life, then explore the following three questions:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- What would make me happy?
- What do I want to learn?
By focusing on these three questions, you can start a personal development journey that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Here are some additional tips on how to accelerate your personal growth:
Read books that inspire you, teach you something new, or challenge you to think in a different way. When we expose ourselves to new ideas, we open ourselves up to new possibilities.
The late American entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, habitually quoted, "A book can save you 5 years." And he is right. Imagine getting the answers to the test before the exam. That is what reading does for you on your personal development journey.
Writing can be a great way to process your thoughts and feelings, as well as to develop and clarify your ideas. It can also be a helpful tool for goal setting and accountability.
When I lost my father at the age of 11 to cancer, I was overwhelmed with emotions that I did not know how to process. I remember watching my mom always write when I was a little girl, so I figured writing would be a good way to make sense of what I was feeling.
It worked! have kept a journal since middle school and haven't looked back sense. Writing is also a good way to track how you have grown overtime. Most successful keep a journal or some type of writing habits to help them manage all their tasks and daily emotions.
Meditation can help to still the mind and bring about a sense of peace and calm. It can also be a powerful tool for increasing self-awareness and gaining insight into your thoughts and feelings.
Scientific research has consistently demonstrated the positive affects that mindfulness practices, like mediation, has on one's overall well-being.
Someone I consistently reference in this mind-body research is Dr. Joe Dispenza. He specializes in metaphysics and the healing power of meditation. Check out one of his most popular meditations below.
Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can also improve your mental well-being. When we are physically active, our brains release chemicals that have mood-boosting and anxiety-reducing effects.
You don't have to spend hours a day in the gym for your exercise routine. Physical activity could look like putting on your favorite tunes and dancing in your bedroom mirror. Whatever gets your heart racing and makes you feel most connected to your body will work.
5. Believe in yourself
It's important to be open-minded and trust yourself if you want to accelerate your personal growth. When we read about other people's successes, it can make us feel bad about ourselves. We may start to doubt our intelligence or our ability to learn new things. We may even develop some form of perfectionism where we believe that if we don't learn everything perfectly then we are a failure.
But if you don't trust yourself, then you won't be able to learn new things. You must believe that you can learn and grow. Otherwise, you'll never take the first step.
Remember the same Divine Intelligence that helps one person live out their dreams is the same Source that is available to you. You just have to believe that for yourself and take aligned action towards your dreams.
This process doesn't happen overnight. It takes time to develop self-confidence, but IT'S POSSIBLE! Keep striving and understand that your inner greatness is not absent, only hidden underneath all the limiting beliefs we are socialized to believe. But it is there, and that is most important.
6. Remember that failure is part of the process
When we're trying to learn something new, we will make mistakes. It's inevitable. But if we're afraid of making mistakes, then we'll never learn anything. So it's important to embrace failure and see it as part of the learning process.
In his book, Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz gives a new definition for failure. He describes it as a course-correction process. Think about it this way, every failed attempt towards your goals offers even more clarity about what you truly want and what is the best way to get there.
Failure does not exist for the person determined to rise. Understand that there is opportunity in chaos and the chance to try something new.
7. Be persistent
Learning is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be times when you feel like you're not making any progress. But if you stick with it, eventually you will get there.
It is not the smartest or most skilled person who succeeds, but the one who never gives up. It sounds very cliché, (trust me, I know), but it is Truth. But do not just take my word for it. Give it a try for yourself and see what happens.
Personal development is important because it allows us to be the best person we can be. When we work towards being our best selves, we learn more about who we are, the goals we want to achieve, and contribute more to the world around us. Therefore, personal development should be a part of every student's life.