If you don’t continually grow, you wither and, eventually, die.
Growth seems like a natural part of life. As a child, for example, you grow whether you try or not. You go to school, and even if you don’t pay attention, you learn, develop, and grow.
As adults, however, growth becomes a choice. Some people choose to keep things status quo. Or they get stuck in overwhelm and victimhood, which makes them feel they can’t or don’t want to grow and change. They grow in ways that don’t serve them, such as in weight, the amount of negative thoughts and beliefs in their mind, and in their unsupportive attitude.
Other people choose to grow continually in positive ways, learning and doing new things and becoming better and better versions of themselves.
Those who choose to grow, tend to thrive and live more fully each day. Those who choose not to grow, most often become stunted and die psychologically, intellectually, or emotionally.
Four Steps to Continual Growth
Here are four steps you can take to ensure your growth:
- Do something different.
Create a new routine or habit. Change your workflow. Approach your relationships more courageously. Any time you choose to change how you live, you grow and live with new energy and attitudes.
- Experience something different.
Visit another country. Try a new type of food or diet. Go skydiving. Take cold showers. New experiences feed your mind. They keep life interesting. Plus, new experiences increase your vibrancy.
- Be something or someone different.
Decide to be more present, caring, demonstrative, courageous, productive, or positive. Decide to be the best version of yourself. You are not stuck being the way you’ve always been. You can choose to be the best version of yourself. And then do something each day to make that vision of yourself a reality.
- Learn something different.
Read a nonfiction book. Watch PBS or a nature channel. Go to a museum, or attend a lecture. When you learn, you grow…automatically. As you feed your mind, you become more interested in life and life becomes more interesting. You learn all the time from everything around you.
Like a plant, nurture yourself so you can continue growing and blooming.
If someone or something comes along and cuts you down, behave like a redwood tree and begin growing again. Put out new shoots. Stretch. Create yourself anew. Thrive.
How do you ensure that you continually grow? Tell me in a comment below.