The start of a new year, the anticipation of better things to come and the constant talk surrounding New Years Resolutions means personal growth is more of a priority in January than usual. Although the idea of sticking to your resolutions might seem like a cliche at this time of year, the benefits of working towards something you care about, moving forward and making sure you’re always improving help you become the very best version of yourself you can be. In this way, prioritising your personal growth can have an incredibly positive ripple effect on every aspect of your life.
Working towards your values
There’s no point in heading down a path of personal growth that doesn’t align with your values. As human beings, we’re programmed to want to learn. Enjoying the curiosities you come across every day makes for life that’s always full of wonderful things to see and spot; keeping open-minded with a desire to learn as much about the world as possible makes your personal growth all the more enjoyable. Keeping your values in the back of your mind as you navigate your day to day life makes your growth process happen almost without you realising, helping you to become the best version of yourself, completely on your own terms.
Setting achievable goals
We need challenges, goals and individual interests to give us a purpose, a necessary boost of self-esteem that lets us know we’re doing something positive, and overcoming a problem. Working towards a better version of yourself shouldn’t be an unimaginable prospect to reach. If the goals you’re making aren’t realistic, you’re always going to feel disappointed with yourself. Working towards your personal growth is an active process that requires an open mind, so you can adapt to new situations, without giving yourself a hard time if things don’t go to plan. Building your resilience in this way helps your personal growth become a tool for you to overcome the pitfalls and mountains life comes up with. We can’t control the challenges life throws at us. Having coping strategies in place to help you bounce back when the unexpected happens is a key part of your resilience, which will help you grow no matter what situations you come up against.
Keeping your physical health and personal growth balanced
If your body isn’t working at full capacity, you won’t be able to either. Making an effort to look after yourself is vital to your overall mental health. Eating a balanced diet, getting your blood pumping doing exercise you enjoy and getting enough sleep all make both your physical and mental health a priority – and finding the joy in keeping yourself healthy allows you to look forward to the process of your personal growth too.
The commitment required to keep yourself healthy can also help boost your personal growth in a different way: engaging fully in the activity you’re working on helps to build your self-discipline, making your goals and resolutions for personal growth ever more achievable.
Encouraging your team to make their personal growth a priority has positive consequences for your entire workplace, your clients and you. Head to Betterminds to discover our wide range of training tools and techniques, or get in touch to find out more.