What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase ‘personal growth’ or ‘personal development’? Does it make you cringe because you heard it too often? Or does it make you feel proud and hopeful because that’s what you’re working on constantly?
One morning I was running near the lake listening to a great audiobook recommended to me by my friend. It was ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi. The book is autobiographical depicting Paul’s struggles to fight cancer. He was a talented neurosurgeon and an aspiring writer. Most of his life he was studying to be a neurosurgeon or working as one but always dreaming to one day become a writer. And only by the end of his life when he knew he didn’t have much left he decided to write his first and last book.
I vividly remember the very place I was running by when I heard this quote. It was right by the benches near the lake when the narrator said: “Darwin and Nietzsche agreed on one thing: the defining characteristic of the living organism is striving.”
As a matter of fact, I am not a big fan of both Darwin and Nietzsche. I do respect their intelligence but absolutely disagree with their beliefs. However, this quote became an inspiring metaphor for me. It showed that each living being is characterised by striving. Striving to survive. Striving to grow. Striving to succeed.
Tony Robbins once said: “When we stop growing, we stop living.” Somebody else might have said it before him, but that’s not the point. The main idea is to continually develop, grow and learn.
Gregory Caremans, the founder of the Brain Academy, in his Udemy Neuroplasticity course explains very clearly why our brain must have new experiences on a regular basis and must constantly learn something new.
So, to sum up, let me give you 5 reasons why I think personal growth is an absolute necessity for each human being.
- It helps our brain grow constantly and keeps it from shrinking.
- It prevents such diseases as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- It gives us more confidence and more opportunities.
- It helps us stay alive and at the top of the game.
- Life is just more fun with it.
So, continue growing, developing, learning, acquiring new skills and habits. Life will present you more opportunities to grow as soon as you show interest in it. There’s always a chance to read another book.
What are your favorite ways of growing personally?
Don’t you just love challenges? Life would be so boring without having to overcome obstacles and coming up with creative ways of solving problems. Think about your favorite movies and books. Every hero in a great story has to go through hardships and endure all kinds of difficulties to finally achieve the ultimate goal of their life.
Did you know that it costs about $60,000 to climb Mount Everest? It’s deadly dangerous too. And still there are lots of people every year that want to challenge themselves to that. Why? I think it’s in our nature to always strive for the heights, to have a constant desire for growth. And there is usually no growth without tests and trials.
Don’t be afraid of challenges. Embrace them. Understand them. Overcome them. Use them for your growth and future success. They are for sure our blessings in disguise!
Are you a dreamer or a doer?
There are so many incredible ideas in the world waiting to be implemented. There are so many talented creative people dreaming big, but failing to take action. So, their dreams remain only dreams; their ideas are not shared with the rest of the world. People continue depriving humanity of possible unique inventions, pieces of art, interesting solutions to the problems.
- They don’t believe in themselves.
- They are afraid to lose face in case of a failure.
- They are lazy and passive.
- They don’t think it’s a unique idea and think someone else must have had it.
- They had tried before and it didn’t work.
- They have no time for this now.
There are so many reasons, and all of them are just excuses. Do you know the remedy for that? TAKE ACTION! Whatever it takes! Failed? Try again. Fell? Get up and start over! Move, act, try and you will achieve!
Have you ever had a desire to invent something unique and unbelievably useful? Something that would save people’s lives or make our lives easier and better. I’ve had this desire for a long time but haven’t come even close to inventing or creating anything. Do you think we should drop this kind of thinking and just live our lives like anybody else? Is there any use in trying to achieve something great, always longing for a bigger dream?
If you’re reading this, chances are you have the same feelings and the same aspirations. Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and maybe we can help each other. What would you like to achieve, in which field? Is it the area of your expertise or an absolutely new sphere of interests?
Even though I ask these questions and sometimes do have glimpses of doubts, still I am convinced that dreaming big is wonderful. It gives us a sense of purpose in life and leads us through the obstacles. It inspires us and lights the way when everything seems dark and impossible.
Let’s dream big!
Have you ever started something really great and exciting only to give it up a few weeks later? That’s what happens to me pretty often and it happened to my miracle mornings. I read the book by Hal Elrod in spring and was fascinated by the idea to wake up very early to have extra time. I wanted to be able to accomplish more, to pray and meditate, to exercise. And it worked! I loved it! Although, as soon as I had to go on a business trip and my routine broke, I stopped doing my miracle mornings too.
I tried to get back to this habit several times but it worked only for a few days.
You guys will be my accountability partners. I am starting Miracle Mornings again tomorrow! You’re welcome to confront me about it any time. I will try to keep everybody updated, and maybe it will inspire somebody else to create their own morning routine to start building a road to success!
If you’re interested in the book, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Morning-Not-So-Obvious-Guaranteed-Transform/dp/0979019710