June 2009 Newsletter
Personal Growth in every aspect of life is a catalyst for success. Many of you are making strides each day in your personal growth aspiring to be the best that you can be. We sometimes see others and admire certain characteristic traits about them. We have read volumes of self-help books in hopes of fine tuning ourselves. True many of these books help but self-growth goes way beyond reading books. It means we must stop wishing for change and becomes proactive in creating the change.
Self-growth is about change and the change begins with us.
In order for change to take place within you, you must first define your objectives. Know what changes you want to make. You may already be aware of the qualities you want to discard from your life. Write them down. Here are some ways to begin to do some introspective work to help you to define the changes you want to make in your life.
Make a list of some habits you've often wanted to change.
Make mental notes of how you treat others. Do you walk away feeling good that you have treated the person you encountered fairly? Are you kind or are you condescending to people? Do you give of your time to help others that are less fortunate or has could it be self-centeredness has consumed you?
Think back to criticisms you have received in the past. Do you think there may have been some truth to them? Are you objective enough to see the true you?
Observe the behaviors of those you admire and make a note. Do you see those same characteristics in you?
Make a note of behaviors you see in others that you dislike and look within to see if you share any of those traits. Try to be objective. Make a list of the ones you want to change.
Define your real character - the one without the window dressings, frills, and accessories. Who are you when no one is looking?
How is your health? Are you doing everything possible to take care of your body? Do you eat the right foods , participate in a regular exercise routine, and maintain a healthy lifestyle?
How would your friends, coworkers, people who come in contact describe you? What would people say about you if they had to write your eulogy?
How is your mind? Are you emotionally strong? Is your self-confidence and self-esteem at an all time high? If not would you like to find emotional balance?
How is your spiritual health? Do you feed your spiritual need?
How is your ego? Is it intact? Are you humble or are you into flaunting it or showing off?
Are you a good parent? Do your unnecessarily yell at your kids? Do you put in the time with them to raise emotionally balanced children? Do you help to build strong self-esteem so they can have elevated levels of self-acceptance?
As you look inside it is important to understand that there is no single recipe or formula that defines how each person can grow personally. It is through fervent introspection and an open-minded acceptance for change that growth can be initiated. Even though it may be slow and difficult at first, you must have the willingness to keep at it no matter if it takes a lifetime. Remember you are not trying to achieve perfection - you are only striving to achieve your personal best.
To Your Success