Personal growth is one of those things that happen in the moments between moments, sometimes completely undetected, only becoming apparent once we recognize that a change has occurred. Yet, if we draw conscious effort into developing it, we may observe its potential to be limitless. Stimulating personal growth is about dipping the foot, feeling the waters, and taking the plunge regardless of any instincts to resist.
The right way to stimulate personal growth is as unique as your journey. Remember that personal growth often feels uncomfortable.
1. Think Like a Child: Grow Your Mentality
If at first, this seems counterproductive, take a minute. Yes, children lack brain development that allows them to think deeply, but that’s okay because you don’t! Adopt childlike thinking in the sense of dropping inhibitions relating to your experience.
Your experience determines a lot of the lines that you’d rather not cross, but somewhere underneath are the desires that become muted by knowledge. What are they? Your inner child knows. Think like a child in the way that they are unafraid of error, open to receiving, and unaware of just how crazy things can get. What might you attempt without an idea of how it could go wrong?
2. Detoxify Your Dynamics: Evolve the Way You Relate
The dynamics we experience are the connective tissue of our lives. They are the ways we relate to others, how we define that, and how it determines how we orient ourselves in situations. Work, casual, and personal relationship dynamics have the potential to affect us in ways that we may not be completely aware of. Consider your dynamics, where are the tension spots?
What can use good ironing out? You may discover that certain aspects, if not people, can be toxic. The first step to understanding how to eliminate this toxicity is by pinpointing, where it occurs. It can happen in relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and even your partner. If you’re curious about whether your intimate relationship is toxic or not, take the quiz.
Understand that people often do not intend to be toxic, and sometimes a dynamic alone can be toxic. Detoxify your life by addressing these dynamics, and learning to forgive those that may be contributing to it.
3. RAK it Up: Expand Your Gratitude
Random acts of kindness, anyone? One sure way to expand upon gratitude in life is to experience the benefit of giving to others. Rack up the good karma by making a regular effort to perform random acts of kindness. The ripples of kindness are kind of ridiculous in the best way possible. You’re benefiting someone else, and yet, your heart, serotonin, and stress levels may be positively affected.
Don’t forget, random acts of kindness can also happen between you and you. Showing yourself kindness can help to combat the natural tendency that most of have to be unkind to ourselves. How kind are you to yourself?
The beautiful thing about personal growth is that there is always an opportunity to expand upon it, and endless ways it can benefit your life overall.