How can I grow every day?
Humans have always been on the quest to improve. The one thing that sets humans apart from animals is the ability to think for oneself apart from the basic needs of food and shelter. The instinct to survive is common in both, but the definition of survival differs.
For us, mere existence is not enough and it doesn’t begin to define what we mean by life. In this need to make our existence worthwhile, we grow and evolve every day. But what do we mean by growth in this context?
It means to move further and improve our abilities and capabilities. This growth can be a drastic change in behavior positively or a minimal one. It can be tangible or intangible advancements in achievements as well.
Growth usually starts with the person questioning himself. “Am I content with the way I am?” “Can I do something which assures me that I am better today than I was yesterday?” “Will my current efforts ensure my life is more comfortable in the coming years”? This self-introspection is the first step to growth.
When we discuss the growth of a human, it is with respect to physical, mental, and spiritual aspects. It is a holistic approach, in a nutshell. After all, that’s what makes us different. All these aspects co-exist and if we are successful in achieving all of them, only then our growth is complete. We do not get up each day to just hunt for food, after all. To take the next step after self-assessment is to put yourself in situations that will undoubtedly start the development.
Here are some ways you can set on a journey of personal growth:
1. Know yourself completely.
Like mentioned before, self-introspection is the first step. Be honest to yourself about your likes and dislikes. What is it that gives you an adrenaline rush? Think sincerely about what creates a spark in you. At the same time, what are the activities that drain out your energy? Is it worth investing your time in those? If required prepare a list of the same. Categorize them as Good and Bad activities. Sometimes, this enlightenment comes with spending time alone or putting yourself in situations that are not in your comfort zone.
2. Be in the company of people who are growth factors.
You should be aware that people can be energy drainers too. So, choose your company wisely. Friends who discuss positive things, provide encouragement in big and small ways, peers who exude confidence and pass on the same to you, are some ways to stay in a positive aura. At the same time, you should have people who cheer you up and advise you on the gloomy days as well.
A lot of knowledge is found in the company of others who are more experienced than you. The person may be junior to you but maybe more experienced. Do not let age be the deciding factor. Knowledge is everywhere.
3. Write things down.
Writing is therapeutic. Sometimes, our best supporter is we, ourselves. But we forget to talk to that person. Looking inward is possible when you spend time alone. So, ensure to write down your feelings in a diary. Writing can also be a public blog, which becomes a means to connect with unknown people who share the same interests.
4. Meet new people
Just as holding on to old friends is important, so is making a new company. Knowledge comes from various sources. When you meet new people, you learn new behavior. In the process, you learn to distinguish right from wrong. This broadens your thinking. Sometimes, you relearn basic life skills like forgiveness, sharing, and caring. These are things forgotten but are a very important aspect of growth. Socializing is medicine, especially in this generation where social media has taken over human relations. Helping people unconditionally is immensely therapeutic. Go out of the way to assist someone in despair.
5. Get a confidant/mentor
If you do not have a person whom you can confide in, it is suggested you have one person with whom you can share your feelings. When there is a free flow of genuine feelings and knowledge without any prenotions of being judgmental, the benefits to you will be immense. Ensure to meet up regularly and keep the environment informal. Feel free to discuss any topic.
6. Develop a Hobby.
People underestimate the power of a hobby. A Hobby is something you do that aligns with your innate behavior and interests. It opens your heart with joy because it cannot be forced upon you like the job, which you may not like but is forced to do for a livelihood. A hobby gives you extra energy for the day. So, take up a hobby like gardening, painting, stitching or choose any such classes from the internet and learn anything that interests you.
It is proven that successful people read a certain number of books per year. You should read diverse books from various authors. Reading improves concentration and enriches your vocabulary. It makes you more confident to talk to people. It gives you different perspectives, apart from your own. If you are a beginner, it is suggested you choose short books of your area of interest and maintain discipline regarding the reading time. It is very easy to lose interest in reading, but it is one of the easiest ways to personal growth, all from the comfort of a room. You can also choose a library to visit or an online library.
8. Take a new course
There is enough proof to show that when you challenge your brain into something new, miracles happen. We underestimate the brain’s power as we grow older. A new course, be it academic or a general self-development course always challenges you to stretch your thinking limits. What felt impossible becomes a daily task, which proves that you have conditioned your brain to think and act in a new way.
If you are someone who has a very sedentary lifestyle, it is strongly recommended that you take up some form of physical exercise. Exercise reduces stress, anxiety, improves sleep, and also your confidence. It stimulates the production of hormones that support the growth of brain cells. So, when we talk of holistic growth, all these aspects should be ticked in the box. There are various forms of exercise you can choose from. Aerobics, yoga, jogging, running, all are excellent ways to get the body moving. If not the heavy form of exercise, start with 40 minutes of brisk walking and graduate to a heavy form of exercise.
By competing, it means healthy competition. Set friendly competition tasks with friends and family that are fun at the same time. During this process, both sides will achieve more than what they would have achieved if it was done alone. Tasks like weight loss and reading challenges are fun and goal-oriented at the same time.
11. Identify your weaknesses.
Sometimes we have blind spots and we live without identifying them. So, identify people, events, and things that make you angry, annoyed, or just weird. These are called your blind spots. Work on them, with the help of a friend or a therapist. These blind spots can, unknowingly, be growth inhibitors. If you learn to control their effect on your mood, you you can save a lot of time spent on unnecessary thinking.
12. Set big goals.
If you are making plans for the future, think big. Set goals that may feel difficult to achieve. Then work on your skills to make them achievable. This cannot be done alone. You should take help from new sources and people if required. Setting such goals will make you go beyond your normal ability. You will feel more fulfilled, confident, and capable of anything.
13. Limit the use of social media.
Social media is as much a bane as a boon. Do not spend time scrolling through unproductive data. Instead, limit screen time and choose the media and news wisely. It is very easy to get adrift in the news and entertainment world. Instead, connect with friends, exercise, and read books.
14. Play games like chess.
Chess and many computer games improve the power of your brain. They encourage you to exercise your analytical skills, strategic thinking, and concentration.
15. Observe daily life.
Life is the biggest teacher. So, if you want to grow, learn to observe. Watch people, irrespective of their age, gender, and place where they belong to. If you keep an open mind, there is a lot to learn. You need to take the wisdom passed down by others. Humility is what keeps you grounded and thirsty for more knowledge. Books can only provide limited knowledge but
observing life can teach a lot more.
16. Embrace change.
The only thing that is constant is change. This is a well-known proverb. Unless we accept that no day is the same and we need to be open to everything new, we cannot grow. We need to have the mindset to accept every challenge that comes with change. In fact, change is synonymous with growth if taken positively.
17. Make to-do lists
Organizing your tasks on a list keeps you focused and makes your work more manageable. With every task ticked off the list, you get a sense of progress and accomplishment. It gives more clarity than working on an unknown number of tasks and feeling nervous or overwhelmed with no clue about the direction of work. Set every day goals and prioritize them. Start with the easy tasks and note when each gets completed. It is important to maintain self-discipline. That is one of the qualities essential for growth.
18. A conducive working Environment
A work space, big or small, should be clean and comfortable. An organized space saves time and encourages clear thinking. It inspires you to think creatively. If it becomes a habit to have a sorted workplace, you will save a lot of time and energy spent on unnecessary searching. Moreover, the environment in which you work affects your mood. If the place inspires you, your productivity will increase and so will growth.
19. Learn to delegate.
To grow oneself, it is important to let others grow. It is a mutual relation of learning and growing. There can be instances when it is okay for someone else to do work so that you can focus on something more important and productive. Make it a habit to prioritize your work and delegate some to others. This increases productivity.
20. Wake up early.
Waking up early is one habit that has been vouched for by all successful people. People who wake up early are more alert, productive and have extra hours during the day. So plan to start your day early.
To grow every day, it is very important to have perseverance. It does not happen in one day and it is an ongoing process. There is no perfection to it. All you can do is, keep working till you surprise yourself.
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