Looking inwards and making strides to improve yourself is making an investment in your future.
Embracing personal growth equips us with the abilities we need to succeed in life by teaching us skills to deal positively with change and enhance our future.
Here are five (5) ways you can start embracing personal growth and improving your life today.
Mark Zuckerberg once said:
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking any risks.”
Any great leader will tell you they have made mistakes along the way.
The best of them will admit these mistakes helped shape them into the leaders they’ve become.
Leading by example is one of the best ways to show vulnerability and let others see that you make mistakes; but that you also learn from them.
If we are unforgiving of our own mistakes, how can we forgive the mistakes of others and encourage them to grow?
Embrace your blunders, learn from them, and don’t make the same mistake twice.
2. DEVELOP A GROWTH MINDSET
Do you have a Fixed Mindset or Growth Mindset? Click here to find out with an interactive quiz (Fixed vs Growth Mindsets).
People with a growth mindset understand that failure is not a permanent outcome, failure is in fact just another form of learning.
The true power of the growth mindset is the “Power of Not Yet” as explained by Dr. Carol Dwyer in her book Mindset:
The New Psychology of Success.
Simply put, the “Power of Not Yet” is the understanding that even if you fail, it does not mean you are a failure, just that you need to be willing to fail as many times as it takes you to get back up and succeed in the end.
3. GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE – US Navy Seals
The cornerstone of the first two pillars of Personal Development is this – we need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
This is not a new concept.
The US Navy SEALS have used it for decades, pushing their SEAL hopefuls to the very brink of their physical and mental endurance during training, embedding the discipline to succeed even in the face of extreme adversity.
Habits give us the illusion of control.
Our modus operandi, while comforting and familiar, can be counterproductive as comfort does not allow us to grow.
Regardless of your goal; in life as in business, you won’t get anywhere if you avoid the tough and uncomfortable tasks and only focus on the easy ones.
The magic (and true growth) happens outside your comfort zone, so get comfortable with being uncomfortable…it’s good for you!
4. PRACTICE SELF CARE
No, we’re not talking about sipping wine at night on the patio or going on a jag with your friends (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
To put it simply, self care is making sure your cup is full. Self care is a necessity, not a luxury, because you can’t pour from an empty cup.
There are as many ways to practice self care as there are individuals, but experts agree the key is to make sure you are taking time to make yourself a priority. Learning to prioritize yourself leads to increased productivity and happiness.
Here are three simple ways to increase your self-care quotient and reap the benefits:
Exercise – Exercising daily helps you manage stress, releases endorphins and is an excellent way to prioritize your long-term health.
Learn to say NO – Respecting our own limits is a key-component of practicing self-care.
Journaling – Keeping a daily journal helps us organize our thoughts and provides an outlet.
As Dr. James Pennebaker states in his book Writing to Heal, “When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable.”.
Learning to express our thoughts on paper allows us to move on, no longer having the thoughts take up (valuable) real estate in our minds.
5. CULTIVATING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
“It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.
”Research is now showing our brain is a super computer that has the ability to grow (or shrink!) based on our use of it.
This neuroplasticity allows us to grow areas of our brain as long as we keep using these areas.
When we choose to complain, we physically rewire our brain to be more negative; conversely, practicing an Attitude of Gratitude rewires the brain to become more positive and to look for the good in situations.
Why does it matter at work?
Well, cultivating an attitude of gratitude in the workplace leads to happier, healthier employees, less turn over, increased productivity and performance. Studies are now showing that grateful employees are also more likely to have better business results.
How can you incorporate gratitude into your workplace? Experts suggest saying “thank you”, being authentic and going public.
By showing your employees or co-workers that you appreciate them in front of their peers you create a stronger team and a stronger team is always good for your bottom line! An appreciated employee will always do more than expected.
The journey of Personal Growth is just that, a journey. Learn to appreciate your mistakes and be kind to yourself along the road to self-improvement.
Like anything else, the more you practice the better you get! Here’s to your Personal Growth and continued success from your friends at FlinnWest Solutions!