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Growth: This is why personal development is so important

growth is an important topic when it comes to personal development, success and the achievement of goals. Those who do not develop further and grow, remain in their current situation and thus take many options. This is how the well-intentioned advice can often be found personal growth, for example when you are facing difficulties or problems. Just grow from it and you can even benefit from the seemingly unfortunate situation. Only like that easy it is not at all if growth is to be used specifically for development. We'll explain what makes growth different from pure change, why it can be so difficult to grow, and how it can be for you can still succeed

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Growth means more than just change

Growth means change. A true statement, but mainly due to the fact that change is so on and on general term is. However, there can be a huge difference between changing and growing personally.

Changes can be around quite acute measures that you can make in a short amount of time. In professional terms, changing jobs is a classic example. Depending on the notice period you can change immediately or within a few weeks.

Growth on the other hand is one long term processwhich not only takes a few days, but can drag on for months or, in some cases, years. There can be different triggers for personal growth. Standstill can be such an incentive, for example. If you feel that things are not turning out the way you would like, growth can help you escape. The first impulse comes from the feeling of helplessness and the thought of not wanting to come to terms with it.

Also discontent can lead to growth when you feel restricted or want to achieve more than is currently possible.

Growth usually means that Change over an obstacleto enforce and also fight to develop personally and to overcome hurdles that are currently still blocking the way. Changes even on the other hand can also be evasive in order not to come into conflict with the difficulties in the first place.

Growth is necessary but difficult

About the Benefits of growth can not be argued. You develop further, develop new skills, strengthen positive character traits, learn to deal with difficult situations and shape your personality. This not only applies to children and adolescents who have to grow at a young age, but extends well into adulthood.

However, it would be wrong to consider growth because of its necessity simple or even natural consider. Before you can really grow personally, you must first some difficult points overcome:

  • Fear and insecurity

    At first, it is difficult to say exactly where the growth will take you. So there is always some uncertainty as to whether you are really developing in the right direction and whether you will be satisfied with the result in the end. This fear can bring the entire growth to a halt and ensure that people prefer to hide in their previous comfort zone and avoid any innovations - even if they do not become happy as a result.

  • Self-doubt

    Self-doubt can also make growth difficult. Often it is thoughts like Can I even do it? or Am I up to this situation?that make you doubt that you can grow beyond yourself.

  • admission

    Even admitting that you need to grow is not always easy. After all, it also means that you have to realize that the way things are going for you at the moment cannot go on and that development has to take place. To do this, you need to reflect and also be ready to practice a little self-criticism.

  • Missing knowledge

    Growth can happen naturally without you really worrying about it. However, this is far from always the case and you may stand there wondering where to start in order to grow.

This is how it works with personal growth

Personal growth may not be accelerated, but you can learn what it takes if you are to grow and develop. With the following tips, nothing stands in the way of your growth:

  • Take responsibility

    The first step to growth is to take responsibility. This applies twice: On the one hand, it does not help you to blame someone else for the current situation. Don't point a finger to find someone to blame for why you're struggling with problems. There is nothing you can do about that anyway. Instead, start with yourself.

    On the other hand, you have to take responsibility for everything that is to come. Don't wait for someone to do it for you, develop the necessary initiative. If you want to grow and achieve something, you can only do it yourself.

  • Make your goals clear

    If you want to grow, you must first be clear about the direction and the goal. What exactly do you want to achieve? Where should the development take you? What should have changed in the end?

    These can be skills or traits that you want to acquire, but personal growth can also mean that you become more confident, can deal better with your own strengths and weaknesses, or want to develop a more open personality.

  • Develop appropriate strategies and procedures

    Following your goals, you can start thinking about how to achieve them and how to implement them. For this step, too, you can orient yourself to a few basic questions: In which ways can the goal be achieved? What do you have to do for it? What should you be working on? Which option suits you best?

    You should answer the last question for yourself personally. Often there are many ways to achieve your goal, but for your growth it is important that you choose exactly the one that is right for you.

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  • Overcome your fear

    It is easy to say, but it takes great courage to look back at reality. If you want to grow from a situation, you will have to face your fear. There can be no one hundred percent certainty that everything will go perfectly. Therefore, to encourage yourself, you should always think of the alternative.

    If you don't grow, everything will remain as it is until now. Is that what you really want and can you come to terms with the fact that you missed an opportunity for many years? It may not be easy, but it is worth fighting for the result.

  • Keep going

    Last but not least, you mustn't let yourself get down. It will take some time for the growth to become noticeable and for you to achieve your desired goal. Don't panic if everything doesn't work right away and don't give up if things get difficult.

    If you give yourself enough time and work hard, you can grow to achieve almost anything you set out to do.

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3rd November 2020Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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