Well, if you’re new to this personal growth business, get out your scissors, some glue and a bunch of band-aids …
Just kidding :) But seriously, metaphoric scissors and glue are two of the tools for personal growth you’ll need for cutting out old ideas and ‘glueing’ in new ones. Why? Because personal growth has to do with making conscious choices about what you think, what you intend, what you believe and what you want out of life. And since most of us run on auto-pilot for our first few (or more) adult years – basing our preferences and decisions on what we were taught through family, peers and TV – personal growth sometimes requires a little cutting and re-pasting of ideas.
Don’t worry though, there doesn’t have to be any blood -although sweat, pain and a few tears can sometimes be involved. Because basically, until you start living your life consciously, your unconscious habits and tendencies might undermine what you really want to Be, Do and Have.
Often when someone begins their personal growth journey, they’re quickly confronted with a host of negative consequences from their previous, auto-pilot choices. I’ve known people who’ve ‘woken up’ only to find themselves in the wrong career, the wrong course of college study, the wrong State, and sometimes even the wrong marriage – ouch!
But whether you’re new to personal growth or an ‘old hat’, here are 4 tools that will come in handy.
With yourself and others. As you change, you can’t expect the world to change with you. So be patient with your old friends and family who are still expecting you to be the same old YOU. And be patient with yourself if you feel confused or uncertain. Take time before you make big decisions. Think things through and know that “this too shall pass.”
If your personal growth is all about ‘me, me, me’, you’re not going to get very far. Sure, you can learn to use the Law of Attraction to build a ‘bling’ life, but I’ll tell you what, if you do it while riding rough-shod over all those around you, the goodies will end up being empty trinkets in the end.
If you have any question about why meditation should be one of your most important tools, just do a short search on this site to read a few meditation posts. Meditation is THE tool for moving beyond the unconscious habits of old and into the conscious awareness of a personal growth approach to life.
Okay – an open mind is what I really mean :) An open mind is part-n-parcel to personal growth. This doesn’t mean that you have to accept everything you read or do things that make you feel uncomfortable. But staying open to new ideas and being willing to expose yourself to new experiences are what ‘growth’ is all about!
Do you have some ‘must-have’ tools for personal growth beyond these 4? Share yours with us in the comments below.