Personal growth is something that naturally occurs in our lifetime. From diapers to, well diapers again, we are constantly bombarded with messages about self-improvement. We need to be this; we need to be that – it never seems to end. While it is true that none of us is truly perfect, we really do not need to spend every moment thinking we are terribly broken.
Certainly there are habits and character flaws that need addressed when they interfere with leading a productive and satisfying life. That is not to say that we must become obsessed with the road to self-improvement.
For the most part, much of what we are and want to be is controlled by how we think. What we say to ourselves is very powerful. Our perceptions are based on our experiences. They can influence whether we predominantly see things in a positive light or a negative light. A popular writer on this subject is Dr. Shad Helmstetter.
Personal development is a personal journey in which no two people will take the same path. We gain confidence by encouragement from others so in some cases we seek others that we believe are on a similar journey. Those seeking physical development may join a gym. Sports enthusiasts become members of clubs. Those on a spiritual journey go to churches, temples or religious retreats.
Other pursuits are more private and we turn to books or the Internet for guidance rather than discuss with others. Striving to break certain bad habits or addictions often begin this way. Some are successful but others end up needing help from groups and/or professionals.
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While people may think that self-improvement is a new development, it truly is not. Throughout our history there have been people who were the epitome of improvement. There are those that have pulled themselves out of the worst of conditions to succeed. Consider Benjamin Franklin’s success from humble beginnings.
We all are able to become everything we wish to become. The tools are all around us, we just need determination and sometimes a bit of guidance. Yes, we are broke, but the journey of repair is very rewarding and fulfilling.