I believe that the key to a lifetime of happiness lies in personal growth. Real and lasting fulfillment in life comes from consistently improving the quality of your life and doing what you love. Since I love reading, I’m always in a hunt for self-improvement books!
Personal growth and self-development are arguably one of the most important things you can do with your time to reveal your true potential and your life purpose. It’s so easy to treat personal development as ‘optional,’ and so few people ever take the time to actively improve themselves.
Your actions are geared towards self-improvement. Everything you do, you do with a positive intent. However, is mostly unconscious and for most people, it’s a case of pursuing ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ with the assumption that when they get enough ‘stuff,’ they’ll be happy.
So why do people fail to participate in their personal growth actively? Well, certain personal growth barriers prevent them from actively progressing in any area of their life. The key word being ‘actively.’
The three most significant personal growth barriers are three interrelated behaviors that tend to keep us immobilized and locked up in inaction. The result being the failure to progress with our lives.
Personal Growth Barrier #1: Procrastination
Procrastination is the unreasonable delay of tasks, especially important ones. On a conscious level, you might want a specific result, and you know what course of action to take, but still, you remain immobilized. The failure to act is what keeps you where you are. Keep in mind that you only procrastinate about tasks that you value and at some level, you know you’ll benefit from it.
Personal Growth Barrier #2: Indecision
A decision precedes every single action. Indecision is like a disease that you have to eradicate from your life. Indecision is merely the result of a fear of failure, and by not making a decision you can’t fail – right? Realize that nothing in the future has happened yet and fearing the worse possible outcome will almost certainly keep you from making the decision. If you don’t make the decisions, you won’t take the actions, and you will remain immobilized.
Personal Growth Barrier #3: Comfort Zones
Comfort zones are all those things that you are too familiar with – and often to the point where you don’t even attempt anything else. Inside your comfort zones, everything is known and you have this sense of certainty that you can comfortably deal with anything that comes your way. You’ve done it before, and you feel ‘at ease’ with it.
Stepping outside your comfort zones challenge your beliefs and perceptions. However, stepping outside your comfort zones, challenges you to grow as a person – you have to grow to get comfortable outside your old comfort zone.
All barriers are only that – barriers. The barrier to your personal growth is more psychological than actual. They can stop you, but they can’t keep you unless you allow them to. Simply acknowledge them and then move on.
Personal growth is a choice, and it’s an active process. To ensure a happy and fulfilled life that’s filled with joy and appreciation you have to consistently grow and expand yourself, stop procrastination, make quicker decisions, and step out of your comfort zones.