Whether you are new to personal growth or you’ve been doing it for a while, you should evaluate your direction from time to time. It can be overwhelming to think about all the options for growth. There is surely a wealth of resources for personal growth, but it can be hard to find direction.
The way I see it there are two main areas of personal growth — physical world growth and spiritual growth.
Physical world growth is external and has to do with all the stuff you deal with in our physical world. It can be productivity, sleep, career, family, etc. Spiritual growth is growth within. It’s considering your belief system, creating personal philosophy, and could include religion, metaphysics, meditation, etc.
I tend to go back and forth between physical and spiritual in my own growth. I feel the two compliment each other. For example, I may work on my thoughts and attitude on the spiritual side and then apply that to career and family.
You might wonder where you should start on your own personal growth. You may have just finished a growth phase and you are looking for something new, or you may be new to the whole idea of personal growth and want to figure out where to start.
I have two methods I use for determining direction.
One is intuition based. What do I “feel” like I should work on. Flip through some personal growth websites and try to feel your way through some topics. Another thing I do sometimes is to go to a library or bookstore and walk the personal growth aisles. There I try to sense the gentle tug of intuition and see if it leads me to any books. Sometimes I pick up a few books and try to sense if they would be beneficial.
The other is to look at the areas of friction in your life. Are you having a hard time with sleep, anger, or relationships. Areas of friction are great places to start, as you can see real tangible benefits when you work to improve these areas.
Lately I’ve been working on my life purpose and also on tolerance.
What personal growth are you working on now? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.