Are you committed to your personal development? Or is it one of those things you do when you feel like it, or when you have time?
Sometimes we don’t embrace personal development because we think we don’t have the education, or the money to do it. The truth is, personal growth doesn’t require either of those things. There are many different ways to expand your mind and create a more fulfilling life.
To get you started, here are 5 reasons to embrace personal development.
Reason #1 – You’ll avoid being bored
Boredom is one of the biggest contributors to the feeling of being stuck in a rut. Being bored is a symptom of a mind that is not fully engaged, and it can lead to complacency. The longer you remain unexcited about the life you’re living, the harder it can become to motivate yourself to look for ways to change.
Instead, look for ways to stretch your comfort zone. Make a list of ways to do this. It can include new topics or skills you’d like to learn, types of people you’d be interested to meet, experiences that would delight you or something as simple as a different kind of food you want to try. Your list should include baby steps and large leaps. Start with the small stuff and work your way to bigger things or mix it up as the mood strikes.
Reason #2 – You’ll expand your life
By remaining stuck in a rut, you’re limiting yourself. You’re missing out on new experiences, satisfying relationships and career fulfillment. Taking time to learn something about a topic of interest or about yourself expands your life through knowledge and opportunity.
Each item you place on the list of steps you take toward self-growth adds a little more to your world. Perhaps it’s a new skill that can open up exciting career prospects or maybe it’s an encounter with a person who may become a trusted friend. It could also be an idea or concept that was previously unknown to you, but which could transform your entire belief system. You will never know what wonderful things are out there if you choose to remain where you are.
Reason #3 – You’ll increase your creativity
Even when you’re a creative person, your creativity can become stuck and stagnant. Anyone who’s ever had writer’s block will attest to that.
Sometimes we simply find our creative outlets get put on the back burner while we are focused on other aspects of life. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it’s really hard to find your creative way again when you haven’t used it for a while.
Even if creating has never been at the top of your list, you can benefit from a adding a spark of imagination to your life. Setting aside specific time to read books or take classes on some form of artistry can inspire renewed interest in you. Simply deciding to add some new recipes to your usual menu choices can be enough to inspire a change in your outlook.
Reason #4 – Your priorities will shift
As you begin to explore various topics of personal development, you may start to notice that your priorities shift. Something in your exploration is likely to strike a chord and excite you enough that you want to dedicate more of your time to learning about it. This means you will be forced to step out of your current routine in order to make time for your new interest. This one small action can be the catalyst for additional changes to come.
Reason #5 – You’ll be happier
Through your exposure to new ideas and information, you are bound to come across experiences, people and, hopefully, passions that may shift your worldview. You may begin to appreciate nonmaterial things more and begin to focus on the joy that comes from such riches. You’ll be happier and more at peace with yourself because you’re living your life in a way that’s more meaningful to the person you’re growing to be.
Embracing personal development and making it a part of your life will provide you with many opportunities to learn and grow. The reasons I’ve mentioned here are just a few of the ways it can impact your life. As you stretch and grow, and tiptoe outside your comfort zone, you may find yourself wondering why it took you so long to get started!
What do you think? What’s your favorite personal growth tool? Share in the comments below.