Follow the yellow brick road. Follow the yellow brick road. Follow, follow, follow, follow…
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a path laid out for us and a catchy little ditty to remember where we need to go?
Yes, it would! Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. Every day we are faced with choices; some huge, like whether to accept responsibility for a big project at work, which could have an incredible impact on our career; others kind of mundane like choosing between a turkey sandwich and a salad for lunch or taking an alternate route home from the gym.
When it comes to the big questions, how do you know which route to take? For some people, these decisions come easy; while, for others they can be gut-wrenching torture. Unfortunately, for the latter, there is no road map; but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your way.
When you’ve decided you want to get the most out of life, you’re embarking on a journey of personal growth.This transformational process will allow you to focus your attention inward, evaluate your desires, and improve your physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and/or financial health.
Since personal growth is, well, personal, there is no exact path to achieve it. It’s different for each person, depending on his or her values, wants, hopes, desires, etc. It’s really up to you how your journey unfolds.
I do, however, have some pointers to get you started in the right direction:
Start by evaluating your current state. Assess your strengths, weaknesses, and habits (both good and bad). Ask yourself the following questions:
Do I like where I am in life?
Am I getting the results I want?
Do I wish my life was better?
Where am I struggling?
Where do I see the greatest need for improvement?
Examine your desires. Ask yourself:
- What do I want out of life?
What makes me happy?
What would I love to spend my time doing?
What story have I been telling to myself and to others?
Make a game plan to achieve your goals. Determine what you need to learn and do in order to get closer to your desired self.
Create a plausible timeline. This is an ABSOLUTE MUST if you want to achieve your goal.
Make a list of activities and tasks you intend to complete within a certain timeframe.
Use these as milestones on the way to your goal.
Personal growth can be an arduous journey. Sometimes the path will be easy and other times you will stumble over rocks on the yellow brick road. But, if you want to become the best you you can be, then you must keep going. You are in charge of your life and only you can choose where you’ll end up. Make a decision, here and now, that you won’t succumb to the road blocks.
Have you had a personal growth experience?
What advice would you give to someone working to better themselves?