By Jimmy Warden
Stagnation is a dead-end street.
To stay the same is to get worse.
Those are two statements I’ve learned on my personal growth journey that are worth sharing. That way, you don’t have to make the same mistakes I made.
To make a long story short, I’ve been on a personal growth journey for the past several years, but I’ve only felt true growth when I’ve made a concerted effort to better myself. When I’ve made the conscious decision to say enough is enough. When I’ve stopped repeating the same mistakes.
If you’re feeling stagnant in life or like you haven’t improved anything about yourself in recent years, it’s time to reevaluate what’s going on because you’re not living up to your potential.
You only have one life to live.
Shouldn’t it be the one you dreamed it would be?
Enter personal growth and its benefits.
What is personal growth?
Personal growth is a buzz term, but its value is incomparable to anything else. It can be used interchangeably with terms like personal development, self-improvement, or self-help.
At its core, personal growth is a process that a person works through to become a better version of themselves.
It can come in numerous shapes, sizes, and forms. It all depends on the goals the person has for themself. It also depends on the type of life they want to live because that’s where their goals stem from.
The benefits of personal growth
1.) Self-doubt is shaken
Self-doubt is the largest obstacle everyone faces.
We all have two voices in our heads. One voice that is complacent and lets us take the easy way out. And another voice that knows what we’re capable of.
The first voice is loud. It screams. It yells. It’s opinionated. Its opinion is so strong that you believe it’s telling the truth.
That’s why you’ve been stagnant for so long. It’s why you aren’t willing to make the hard changes in your life.
I know because I’ve been there.
I’m telling you not listen to that voice.
Listen to the other voice.
Give it strength.
Give it power.
The more you listen to that voice, the more powerful it becomes. When that voice has power, you are unstoppable.
You’re able to tackle challenges. You’re able to try new things without fear of failure. You’re willing to push through fatigue and self-doubt that tries to snake its way back into your skull.
2.) Your confidence increases
Confidence increase is a direct effect of eliminating self-doubt. Self-doubt shrinks your confidence to the size of a pea. When you take down the obstacles put in front of you, one by one, and accept them, something crazy happens.
You start to believe in yourself.
You embrace that you’re the badass person you knew you were all along. You are ready for anything that life throws at you. You become eager for interference. Your inner lion roars.
In this world, confidence is king. People believe in others who are confident in themselves. They listen to people that speak assertively. They believe what they say.
But the only way to build your confidence is by doing hard shit. Over and over again. Wake up early. Go to the gym. Meditate. Read. Write. Learn. Journal. Fuel your body with the right food.
Do all the things that no one wants to do. You’ll believe in your abilities more than you ever have before.
And in the process, you grow.
3.) You become a better you
The crux of personal growth is becoming better. As rockstar comedian Kevin Hart once said, “Everyone wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work.”
I’m here to tell you the work is the separator. Nobody becomes intelligent overnight. Nobody becomes chiseled in a day. Nobody becomes the best in what they do in a few hours.
So put in the work!
If you want to be better, you have to work for it. Isn’t that why you’re reading this post?
Become a better you.
That’s the kicker.
It’s up to you.
Set your goals. Take action. Fall on your face. Get up. Do it again. Learn from your mistakes. Reflect on what went wrong. Try not to repeat your mistakes. If you do, forgive yourself and move on.
Life is too short to not become your best self.
So if you want to get better, you can.
It’s up to you.