Personal growth is the ultimate responsibility of every human being. We will be stuck in our comfort zone if we don’t grow. We often get stuck because we have to do it independently, which must be complicated.
Personal growth is a long-term time commitment. It requires you to set aside time consistently to better yourself. Personal growth often involves learning something new, reading, and/or meeting with other like-minded individuals.
Using new skills is also good for your career. Seek opportunities to apply your learning in new ways. Try taking on more responsibility within team meetings, or offer to complete a project outside your job description.
You won’t be disappointed when you see yourself grow and learn more than ever. Here are 15 great ways to accelerate personal growth efficiently.
1. Don’t Follow the Crowd; Follow Your Way.
We have to take responsibility for many things when we live in this world. Things are time, money, relationship with friends and family, trust and betrayal, success and failure etc.
It may be easy to be familiar with other people’s way of living or actions. To make sure you can follow them is a must. But why should you follow the crowd when following the group means that you can’t realize the dream?
All of us have our way of living in this world. By doing so, we always face lots of problems, challenges and difficulties in our life. But all these problems are just a process in our minds to help us grow up better and bigger.
Without all these problems, we can’t become more robust and mature. So always follow your mind and heart and never listen to other people’s opinions.
As they always live in their environment and way of thinking, they will try to make you follow them by all means. So always follow your mind and heart, and live a better life.
2. Limit Your Social Presence.
Everybody needs an online identity to do online networking nowadays. As the name suggests, an online identity or profile helps us get connected and reconnect with other people.
But there’s one thing that I have seen in most people’s profiles that I just might want to change.
Social media is an excellent way to keep in touch with family and friends, but it is not the only way. Social media can make you lazy sometimes. You check notifications constantly and wait for likes and comments on your posts. The more time you spend on social websites, the less time you have to use your best times.
Logging into networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for a quick check on your news feeds and notifications wastes time.
A recent study from Pew Research Center shows that the average Facebook user spends around 40 minutes on the site daily. A time study by CIO concludes that the average person’s focus while checking social media in seconds.
3. Don’t Only Learn From Success Stories; Learn From Failure Stories.
You see someone telling you the success story of his life. You are very excited and think that surely this man is pleased? Is he living his dreams? The story may sound too good to be true, right?
But I want to ask you, “What if this guy is living through his failure?” I am sure there are failures and struggles behind every success story. I have seen many people fail when they try to tell their success stories. They often only share their success part of the journey and leave out the failures.
This happens because they don’t like to dwell on the past, and they feel ashamed of how they used to behave when they were young.
To be successful in life, you need to develop yourself not only with solutions but also with problems. Otherwise, you’ll limit your potential and continue doing the same things you’ve always done.
4. Control Your Emotions and Try to Be Proactive.
With increased income comes rising responsibilities. And not everyone is prepared for it. The new financial and social reality has affected us all, but it has been challenging to understand how exactly.
I understand that the question of control over emotions often arises in the process of making decisions that affect our lives, especially under conditions that are not favourable.
The most widespread, often heard when people find themselves in such situations, is that “we must control our emotions and try to be proactive”.
There is nothing new in this statement, but as a rule, we ignore what it would mean.
According to the Mayo Clinic, emotional intelligence (EI) is “the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and use this awareness to manage your behaviour and relationships.” Ultimately emotional intelligence is about self-control.
5. Chase Your Vision and Dream. Success Will Start Following You.
You need to chase what you want in life because success will start following you. Go after your goals and chase your dreams.
Ways to chase your dream:
- Ask the right questions, seek clarity, and don’t stop until you find it.
- Be creative. Be open to new ideas, and never let fear or doubt stop you.
- Enjoy the journey because it’s a path of personal growth and development.
- Do things that scare you! Explore new opportunities, take risks in leading roles, and create something.
- Get on a path of development, exploration, taking risks and reaching out to a network of people that can help encourage, mentor and guide you.
6. Try to Be Creative.
The world has your back when you’re doing what you love. But it expects a lot from you when you’re chasing your dream.
Trusting yourself and your talent is the first step. And there’s a whole lot to learn about how to do that. Because everyone is different, everyone needs something different to get started. For some of us, there are practical considerations—like how to balance our day jobs with our artistic ambitions.
Being an artist means having the guts to try new things and fail fast, which can be lonely and cathartic but also debilitating if we don’t have a community of support.
We know that feeling because we’ve been there. In the end, it’s all worth it–but it takes time, perseverance, and energy you might not have right now.
7. Be Practical. Life Will Be Easy.
It’s easy to get distracted by the idea that you should be practical. That you should be reasonable. That you should be cautious.
It’s easy to get distracted by the idea that what you want won’t change and that what you want is less valuable than what you need. That your dreams are only mere dreams and that too many of them will make you weak.
The life of ordinary people is a burden. It is a heavy load to bear. A man must work every day – no holidays! And not only for themselves but also for their parents and children.
Even when you do not want to think about it, it keeps tormenting your brain: what will happen if you get ill? What will happen if I get fired?
So you are constantly worrying. You are trying to have more money and buy expensive things – everything would be fine.
8. Work With the Best People in Your Field and Learn From Them
.To learn from people better than ourselves. To spend time and work with those who have been thinking about where you have been, what you’ve done, or where you’re going.
To be afraid and still step up for fear of regret. To do things that make others go, “why would you do that?” Recognize the value in learning from your mistakes and the fear of doing something new or challenging.
There are no shortcuts for people who want to make a difference in their careers. It begins with a decision to commit to personal growth and a willingness to go the extra mile to take your business to the next level.
9. Always Come to the Office on Time.
This question is based on the assumption that you are always punctual if you are a successful person. It’s not valid because it depends on your level of success. If you have achieved a decent level of success, you don’t need to be in your office at 8:00 AM sharp.
You will have enough time to have breakfast, shower, and then freely enjoy your morning before coming to the office at 9:00 or even later.
10. Don’t Be Materialistic.
So-called “common sense” tells us that humans are naturally materialistic. Since, even in caveman times, we have enjoyed the symbolism of owning things, from rocks to jewellery to cars, you could argue that it’s an instinct of our species.
The truth is, there’s a distinction between being practical and being materialistic. Don’t get me wrong, being realistic is essential! But being authentic and being materialistic are two very different things.
11. Expect Nothing From Anyone.
I was shocked to see how many things I’ve done or been asked to do for others over the years by either being asked or doing it without question that didn’t need to be done.
The best way to get things done is to do it yourself. As simple as that sounds, it’s a simple lesson many of us don’t learn until it’s too late. I didn’t know this lesson until I was 25 and had already done many things I didn’t need to.
This can be in the form of money, education or simply an exciting story. Also, they all explain what they’re working on and why they’re doing it.
12. Understand Office Politics.
Blandness, passive aggressiveness, backstabbing, and sabotage can all be found in the workplace. Have you experienced it?
You should study office politics because this behaviour affects your ability to work and be productive. Office politics are not avoidable in any setting and are a staple of any organization or business.
They’re essential to understanding because they affect how you do your job, how your employees act, and how your team operates. Not only do they affect your work, but they can also hurt your relationship with coworkers, leaders, and management. The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that office politics don’t apply to you or that they are avoidable.
13. Be Mysterious and Never Express Everything.
Remember how you carefully prepared for your first date with your beloved? You were looking for an outfit, were doing your hair or even had a manicure just to meet this person. And then, after a few days, you could see on the social network that he was with his ex-girlfriend.
Or you post a picture of yourself in a new dress, and immediately, a hundred people write that they are more beautiful. They say that is not fair. Why do we need to hide anything from people and worry about preparing ourselves and finding the right outfit for a date?
And it’s easier to tell everyone what we ate today, where we spent the weekend, when our boss is going on vacation, what movie we watched and with whom we went on a trip. We can easily open up all our contacts on Facebook, circle of friends on Instagram, and followers on Snapchat. Everyone can see all our photos even if they have nothing in common with us.
I think revealing everything about yourself to people not emotionally close to you makes no sense. It’s normal to share information with friends and not expect them to be strangers.
A stranger may take advantage of your openness, violate your privacy, and cause harm. Enough to blame themselves for their openness and honesty.
14. Love Yourself and Take Care of Your Health.
Many people know that the quest for outer self-improvement can be a problem. But the real issues, the problems blocking you from success, are all occurring on the inside.
We must realize that, to be successful, we need to work on our consciousness and our inner world. We need to create a place in ourselves that feels safe and secure, where we can go and centre ourselves.
Why should you love yourself and take care of your health? Can you imagine a life without a fulfilling career or a loving relationship? Or how about enjoying the pleasures of living, like eating and sleeping, or just having fun?
You spend a large portion of your life at work. What if you could make it enjoyable? Learn multitudes of skills through self-development that would allow you to be confident in your role, leading to more satisfaction and fulfilment.
15. Be ambitious, think big and divide your work into small portions.
How often do we hear people with bright ideas and big vision being told to scale down, temper their ambitions to fit reality, or worse, be exposed to sell their vision short and compromise – settling for less than they want?
We all have big ideas. Some people are scared to talk about them. Some people doubt themselves. And a few people have the guts to do something about it.
So, what’s the importance of being ambitious, thinking big, and dividing your work into small portions?
The essential nature of this is to combat laziness. The benefits are manifold:
- You achieve more in a shorter period.
- Thinking about your projects in little parts and granting them a different deadline will make you feel about them differently. You will get a better perspective on the problems and find better solutions.
- Being ambitious doesn’t mean thinking big. Being ambitious means you want to achieve your goals no matter how great they are, where the degree of difficulty is irrelevant. If you take them step by step, you will be able to achieve way more than if you were to take them all at once. Plus, it’s a way to improve yourself continuously.
There are hundreds of ways to accelerate personal growth efficiently. However, I have mentioned 15 key ways to improve your personal development. What are you thinking? Comment below.