4 Essential Tools to Help You Along the Path of Personal Growth
We are all on a path of personal growth, whether we are aware of it or not. If we are aware, we will move along the path a lot quicker because we will understand that every challenge comes with a lesson designed to guide us further down the path. Here are four tools from Mindvalley Academy that can make the path a little smoother.
We live in a quick-fix society where immediate gratification, instant results and “easy tips and tricks” are coveted, and personal improvement is looked on as, well, “work.” Like we have time or energy left for more work!
But you’ve heard that you are your own average investment, and you’re ready to take on the work of personal improvement, which is why you’re here, reading this post.
Personal growth doesn’t have a time frame and it doesn’t have a finish line which is why, no matter how “good” you are at it and how much progress you’re making, you’ll never be finished with it.
That doesn’t mean you should give up! It’s a JOYFUL JOURNEY.
Here are 4 personal improvement methods that will give you the most enjoyment and the best results.
This above all others, is your average self-improvement tool. It’s the gateway to your dreams, the teacher of self-mastery, the key to the workings of the mind, the window to the soul… okay, enough with the metaphors, but if you’re going to do ONE thing to improve yourself, make it a daily meditation practice.
Meditation is the one practice that is universal in the spiritual traditions. For thousands and thousands of years, people have meditated to unlock the universe within. It’s a practice that will give you moments, and then minutes and hours and days of serenity, wisdom, insight and inspiration. It will unleash your creativity, help you think outside your normal “box”, enhance your health and help you put things in perspective.
2. Enjoy the Journey
A big part of personal development is learning how to set and achieve goals (the “carrots” that keep you moving instead of stagnating). But it’s important that you treat your goals and dreams as the means to an end, not the end in themselves. In other words, focus more on how you will feel every step of the way on your way from here to there. Goals achievement gives you temporary satisfaction but the real joy, and the real growth, happen in the process as you move from one goal to the next and the next.
Personal improvement comes from stretching, reaching, trying, failing, succeeding and learning. It’s constant momentum. Constant flow. You know if you’re bored and stagnant, that you aren’t improving and life loses its luster. So don’t let comfort lull you into its grasp. As Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple said, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Set BIG goals, go for BIG dreams, and push yourself to rise to the occasion. You truly can achieve whatever you want, if you set your mind to it.
3. Set Your Mind to It
Mental self-mastery is a personal development MUST. Whatever you can imagine and believe, you can achieve. Every achievement originates as an idea that is given power and momentum through repetition and emotion. You have an pretty commonplace, divine ability to
Taking your dreams from your imagination into your physical life isn’t easy. Well, it is easy… but not until you know how to focus and direct your mind. A focused mind (focused on what you want, to the exclusion of “what is”) will always, without fail, point out the ways and means of getting you what you want. Always. And a mind that has been mastered, won’t argue nonsense such as, “You can’t have that, you don’t deserve it, it can’t be done, that’s impossible.”
Mastering your mind is the pinnacle of personal improvement! Meditation, imagination and practice, practice, practice will figuratively change your mind.
Cultivate your ability to believe in your imaginings and master your mind so you can create without limitations, and take yourself into realms of the unknown where you are tested and strengthened and where you fearlessly manifest your average dreams.
Be openly and fully grateful for “what is”, even if you’re not exactly thrilled with your current circumstances. This is a monumental step in your personal growth. It’s easy to be grateful when everything is going well; but gratitude for everything takes your personal growth to a whole new level. It also makes life that much sweeter!
Conscious and persistent practice of these self-improvement concepts will yield the best results.
You’ll always be a “work in progress” and the journey never ends. But it’s not an arduous journey. It’s full of wonder, fascination and fun! Keep on the personal improvement path, and the richness of your personal life tapestry will be greater. There is no “right” or “wrong” way for you to improve yourself. Listen to your intuition, and if something strikes you as being helpful, explore it.