When it comes to personal growth, more and more people understand the need for constant learning and self-determination. Most of them are aware of the pressure society puts on us, and know that in order to grow, to keep on inspiring others, but also leave enough room to shape yourself to the changes of today’s world, you have to be open towards learning.
Recently I had an “inspiration call” to get in touch with a colleague of mine with whom I haven’t talked for a long time. After starting to work for a company that is a leader in the field of personal growth, spirituality and mindfulness, she got the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. While working shoulder to shoulder with many masterminds and leaders in their fields, she learned how to shape herself for the better. She shifted her mind towards her goals, learning that the only thing standing in the way of her growth and happiness is herself. With the thirst for knowledge and exploration, she grew into a digital nomad that traveled many countries, experienced different cultures and habits, but also created a better version of herself.
Willing to learn more about the principles of growth that I can set upon myself, I kind of “cold” called her, resulting in a mentoring session that I already look forward to being repeated. She is a person that, as she says, “loves talking”. Her advice and suggestions come from a place of experience and testing grounds. Through discussion and some general questions of mine, her assistance and advice were summarized in few points:
- Keep on asking yourself “Why?”. It is one thing to want and desire certain things, but there is something totally else behind the true reason why you are pursuing something. Make sure you are aware of the true nature of your passion.
- Focus on the process, not on the end goal. This is something that is easier to be said than done, as oftentimes it is hard to differentiate between the two. Still, the main focus is not just to want things, but to enjoy the transition process as well.
- You would never know what is the right thing to do. We all have this one life, and we all want to come out with the best version of ourselves. But guess what? No one can tell you what will happen if you do X, or if you skip Y. That is why you will just have to trust your gut and believe things will turn out the way you want it.
- The best time to start is now. Many of us are interested in trying something extra on the side. Either that is following a passion, or just trying something out as a hobby. But in most of the cases, we think, we analyze, we research, we prepare…and never start. We tend to look for that perfect moment, leaving us to drag our ideas back and forth, without starting anything meaningful.
- Dedicate at least one hour towards building your craft. No matter what you like to do, make sure you work on it every (or almost every) day for at least an hour. After three months of constant work, you will not just have drastically improved your skills, but you will be better than 90% of the people in your industry.
Personal growth is not something that is easy to handle. After all, if it was easy, everyone would have been doing it. But if you are serious about your development, there will be nothing that will stand in your way.
Start now and never look back!
Contributed by Dimitar Chatleski