Is personal growth important to you?
Viktor E Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning wrote,
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
The past several days I have taken time off writing to focus on my own personal growth. It has included a 13-day detox for a lifestyle reset and prepare me for a full commitment to a Paleo Diet (see information on Paleo here). It was 13 days with no solid food, but smoothies, morning coffee, plenty of water and kombucha. It produced amazing results in terms of my energy levels and gave me a major jumpstart to living life at the weight that supports my aspirations. During this time, I also advanced to the rank of Nikyu (Green Belt/4th “White” rank). This means Green Belt to Purple Belt, then Brown Belt before Black Belt testing. With each level, the tests get longer and more difficult. Each one requires a deeper commitment to cardiovascular fitness and skill development. Which translates into more frequent visits to the dojo and more time training at home.
Growth is also coming in the form of evaluating my circumstances and taking the steps necessary to provide for my family. I am finding places where I can add value to others.
I am reminded that experience is a given, but personal growth is a choice. Often, the choice to grow is the choice to do what you fear. Today, I read that fear is like the compass that leads us to growth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
Tomorrow, it will mean calling several people who have no idea who I am, and offer free 30-minute leadership workshops.
I wonder what form personal growth is taking on in your life right now.
What are you intentionally doing to promote your own growth? I would be curious to hear your response.
Where is your fear compass pointing?
Let me know.