A Constant Journey – Personal Growth
The definition of insanity may very well be: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In order to get different results (be it professional or personal) we need to change what we are doing.
Sometimes the burden of everyday life and work causes us to get into a rut. It is easy to continue what we’ve been doing. Sometimes you may feel like you need a big change in your life or you just need to integrate new skills and behaviors to take you to a higher level of learning and living. Once we learn to grow within ourselves, the result can be very rewarding.
A large part of personal growth is goal setting. Goal setting is a powerful process in thinking about your future and turning your vision into reality. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you need to focus your efforts. Goal setting can be motivating and as you get in the habit of achieving your goals, your self esteem and self confidence will grow.
One of the most difficult tasks in personal growth is balancing. Particularly balancing life and work in today’s crazily paced world. Today’s economy has changed the work force, employers often consider overtime mandatory, and people feel pressured to work longer and produce more just to protect their job. Many jobs are able to be performed from anywhere at any time; a home, the car, even on vacation, making competition fierce. Extended work hours and stronger demands pull people away from their family life, making it difficult to balance providing for your family financially and personally.
Many spend the first 20 to 25 years of life in school. We pay exorbitant amounts of money to educate ourselves to become a player in today’s competitive workforce. The world is ever changing and to keep up and move forward, we need to invest consistently in ourselves. This investment can be continuing education, learning new skills, personal growth, learning how to map out where we want to go, or learning how to balance a career with our personal life.
There are many places to turn for assistance: books, CD’s, seminars, and secluded vacations that cost thousands of dollars. There is also local help, workshops, and one-on-one sessions. Sometimes being one-on-one with someone can teach you more than 10 CD’s ever could. In order to get something you can’t just think it, you have to bring action to it. Investing in personal growth does not mean you’re weak, it means you’re staying strong during a time when it is easy to lose sight of ourselves.
For more info, contact Terry Lowey, MFT at (775) 322-1924, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.