Personal growth can manifest itself in many forms, and no form is necessarily more or less important than the other. What matters is that the manifestation occurs and that you’re designing a life that allows for it.
Growth can be triggered by the discussion of ideas, grasping previously untapped perspectives, releasing concealed secrets, simple acts of kindness, sitting in thought, learning a new skill – the options are truly limitless and cannot be captured only by the words on a page. One thing I’m sure of is that personal growth occurs from letting go and shedding the past. In turn, this empties your metaphorical vacuum, freeing up space to draw in new experiences.
It’s extremely humbling knowing that personal growth is accessible in so many forms. However, there’s such a wide spectrum of where people focus their day-to-day efforts. Too frequent, and completely unintentionally, the focus lacks devotion for personal growth. We go through our day mindlessly repeating the same tasks we did yesterday, and the day before that. We fill our lives with unnecessary dust in the form of unneeded possessions, disadvantageous thoughts and poor habits. None of these better our present circumstance. So why do we choose these things over growth?
Perhaps personal growth is limited by fear and the excuses that come with it.
It could be the fear of whatever – this, that or the other, but whatever it is, it exists. The fear follows us throughout our lives like a shadow, often repeating itself in different situations or environments. It’s not going to just magically disappear. Meanwhile, each time it visits you, it builds and becomes more costly.
“Do the thing you fear the most, and the death of fear is certain.” Mark Twain
The perplexing part is that people like you and I have a relatively easy time identifying the fear and determining how we can confront it. However, rather than taking that necessary action, we instead revert to this method of personal story telling of why that gap is so wide and how impossible it is to cross when in reality it’s often just one or two choices away.
Confrontation, not avoidance, will lead to personal growth. It’s often said that we are the sum or cumulation of all of our decisions and experiences. What sorts of experiences are you accumulating?
Don’t allow your vacuum to be filled with unnecessary dust. You know what you have to do. It’s just one or two choices away, and it’s yours to make. Clean out your vacuum and make room for new experiences.