What does personal growth mean to you? Is it some type of process or cure that will make you a better person? Is it a journey that in the end will give you happiness and fulfillment? Or perhaps, it’s a destination that when you arrive, all your desires, wants and needs will be waiting for you?
The essence of personal growth is not personal at all. Nor does it require any growth on your part physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.
There is no ‘adding to’ with personal growth. There are no course requirements or educational courses. No certificates and no degrees.
The true nature of personal growth is really quite impersonal. The experience is the same for you as it is for us. No matter your background, who you are, where you come from, titles you hold, the possessions you call ‘mine.’ All of this is irrelevant.
Personal growth is not about becoming better. It is about recognizing who you already are and letting go of everyone and everything that you identify with as being part of the person you call ‘me.’
To experience personal growth is to experience a diminishing or lessening of identifying with your past. You call that ‘my story.’
Personal growth is about letting go of your story. Now you will ask: ‘Who am I without my story?’ Great question! To truly experience the essence of personal growth it is necessary to know the answer to that one single question.
Imagine yourself living life without your story. No more sad endings. No more unhappiness. No more conflict.
Without a story, there is no past and no future. There is only now. You give up being a victim. You stop victimizing others. You live from one moment to the next as who you truly are: a spiritual being enjoying your human experience.
Spirit is our essential nature. When you understand this and we mean really ‘get it’ within every fiber of your being, you are living life authentically.
To live life authentically simply means to be real. Who you really are is not the roles you play. Personal growth is about coming to that realization. Who you are is not your name, your appearance, your possessions.
Personal growth is about awakening to who you always have been and always will be. Through awareness you begin to understand that who you think and believe you are is part of human conditioning. Over time, you may have become convinced that you are defined by and dependent upon all things physical: people, possessions, experiences, events and situations.
Personal growth is a diminishing of who you think you are and an arising of becoming consciously aware of your essential, changeless nature which is unconditional love.
Now you know what personal growth is and is not. From this vantage point we would like to give you some hands-on tips to assist you to live your life through your essential, changeless nature of unconditional love.
Tips to Experience True Personal Growth:
- Question every self-limiting belief you have about yourself. Write these beliefs down. Are these beliefs absolutely true? If they aren’t, let them go!
- Write a new story for your life. The story you keep telling yourself is the story you keep experiencing. Do you want a different ending? Then, write a different story!
- Give up being a victim of life. This includes letting go of being a victim of other people’s ideas, beliefs, words and behavior. Take responsibility for your own life. Focus on your ideas, your beliefs, the way you express yourself and your behavior. Focus on being a kinder, more loving person.
- Release the past and the emotional pain associated with it. The only way to accomplish this is through the power of forgiveness.
- Cease worrying about the future. You have been conditioned to endlessly worry about tomorrow. Begin to allow the power of trust to dominate your nature.
Personal growth is about being authentic. When you are authentic, you will feel comfortable in your own skin.
We will close by quoting one of our ‘tips’ from our book. It reads, ‘Be authentic today! Authenticity is more than being real, honest and upfront with others. It is about being true to you. It is also about creating an outer, physical world that reflects who you are at your core…the heart and soul that is you! Do not deprive yourself any longer of the experience of being authentic. It will block you and the world around you from evolving both physically and spiritually. Free yourself and the world by practicing authenticity today!’
Once you do, we promise your life will be totally magnificent! Now you know the true meaning of personal growth!