Areas for Personal Growth EXPLAINED!
(Where To Start)
When we look at the term ‘’Personal Growth’’ as a whole we quickly realize that it refers to our entire life. But is that the best way to go about it?
In one of my previous posts, we talked about the key to personal development, that is taking on one challenge at a time.
Instead of trying to:
- Get in shape,
- Build a business,
- Make more money,
- Invest in Real-estate.
… all at the same time, we should use a different approach.
We should take the approach of writing down all of our problems and then prioritizing one to work on for a certain period of time.
In the blog post below, I’ll share a system with you. A system that will help you pick the most important areas for personal growth and get rapid improvements.
What Is Personal Growth
Before I give you the ‘’secret system’’, I first need to make sure that we’re on the same page regarding personal growth.
A common misconception about personal development is that it’s only a stage that takes place at a certain period of time.
Most of the time it’s a period when you’re feeling down and negative about yourself.
This is true, and it’s how the majority of people approach it.
They invest just enough time into personal development to get them out of a rut and back onto their feet. But they’re leaving a lot on the table…
The truth is that by leaving and revisiting personal growth only when you need it, they’re giving up a lot. Think about it.
How much do personal development strategies help you? They have the power to transform your mindset and therefore help you turn your life around, correct?
So why leave these strategies, when you start seeing the first results?
Why not stick around them and see where they can take you?
Why not make personal growth a never-ending process, instead of just a phase you go through. It’s definitely worth giving it a shot.
The Areas for Personal Growth
From my experience, over the past few years, I discovered that the best way to organize these personal development areas is into 4 different categories.
These areas are categorized by importance, starting with the most important.
- Personal Growth
I will explain the importance of this exact order a little bit later, first, let me explain what each area represents.
This area represents your physical and mental well being. It represents the wellbeing you perceive of your own body.
Good health makes you feel young, vibrant, energized, inspired, optimistic and excited about life.
This area represents your confidence, it represents the amount of trust you have in yourself, your skills and your abilities.
A good example of being on track with personal growth is feeling confident.
When you feel confident and optimistic about your future, no matter what happens, it means that you’re on track with the personal growth area of your life.
In my opinion, relationships are what make or break the happiness of a person.
Think of the relationships area as the quality of feelings you receive when spending time with your family, friends or partner.
If the feelings make you feel fulfilled and happy, you’re on the right track.
I used to define wealth as having enough money to sustain a lifestyle for the next 20 years, but I recently changed that definition.
Wealth can be defined, by the amount of money and assets you have, but there’s something even more important.
Your happiness is what’s important and no matter how much money you make, it’s all pointless if you’re not having a good time making it.
Therefore here’s my new definition of success in wealth.
A person is wealthy when he maximizes doing what he loves, while also maximizing the value he provides.
Why You Should Improve One Area At a Time
In one of my previous posts, I mentioned the importance of improving a habit at a time and no more.
The reason for that is that when you try and make big changes to your life in very short periods of time, your brain freaks out.
And nothing good happens when your brain freaks out.
It will do everything and anything it can to get things back to the way they were.
By doing that you’ll lose all your progress and you’ll stop taking action on all the habits you set out for yourself.
That’s why I recommend implementing small changes over a longer period of time.
These small changes won’t freak you out and you’ll be able to make some serious life improvements over time.
Personal Growth Pyramid Explained
Let’s jump back to the 4 areas for personal growth we talked about earlier. Think about them and visualize them as a pyramid. With the most important area at the bottom.
Think about how houses and pyramids are built. What do they need in order not to break down easily?
They need a strong foundation, therefore foundation (bottom part) is of the uttermost importance.
The same goes for the Personal Growth Pyramid, the foundation (health) is the most important.
Until you’re not feeling 100% healthy, mentally and physically, you should dedicate all your time to that area.
Once you master health, you may continue to the next area where the process repeats.
This continues all the way to the top of the pyramid.
Keep in mind to not skimp out and break ‘’the law’’ of the pyramid. You mustn’t skip an area. You must go through them in the exact same order otherwise the process won’t work.
When To Continue To The Next Personal Growth Area
This one might sound difficult, but in reality, it’s pretty simple.
Let’s propose that you’ve been working on your health for the past 2 months.
You’re now at a point where you feel good about yourself, you’re in good shape and you feel healthy.
This is the point where you dig deeper…
You dig deeper and you ask yourself, is there anything else that might bother me with my health? Is there anything that’s making me feel uncomfortable.
If there’s nothing else and you feel 10/10, you’re ready to progress up the pyramid.
If there’s still some discomfort, stay at this area for another month and do anything you can to take care of the problem.
Why This Personal Development Process Works So Well
It’s best to explain it in the terms of a stack of cards.
As we mentioned, your life consists of 4 different areas, which we already sorted by importance.
Now I want you to think of these 4 areas as a stack of cards.
If one of the areas for personal growth is not stable, everything else may collapse.
But if an area is stable, it provides you with a lift-off for the next one.
If you feel healthy, fit and energetic that will translate into a direct boost of confidence, which will make the next area much more simple to improve on.
This is why it’s so important to stick with this exact order.