Throughout the past few years, I have been on a journey of self-growth. While browsing through many self-help books and blogs, I realized that much of the discourse reinforces perceptions of superiority and shame, without delving deep enough to identify the root of the issue. To me, self-growth is a lifelong journey, not a temporary task. Humans are meant to continually grow and evolve.
The distinction between seeking achievement and reinvention is crucial. Seeking achievement implies an “end” once a goal is accomplished, and habits adopted are temporary, only applicable to the destination being sought. Reinvention, on the other hand, leaves the end open, enabling continuous exploration of new areas for growth – growth that is inward-facing.
“If you want to see outer success, you have to do internal work.” Society places a significant emphasis on outer success – fancy cars, private jets, social media popularity, etc. But these are merely reflections of the inner work one has done to reach that level.
Here are 7 steps to foster inner growth for massive outer success:
- Vision: To start with, have a vision for your life, work, business, and relationships. Become self-aware of this vision by gaining a deep understanding of your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, strengths, weaknesses, values, and beliefs.
- Investment: Growth is not cheap, but the currency need not always be cash. Invest your time and energy to constantly better yourself. Have a conversation with yourself about how you can allocate time, energy, or budget to achieve this.
- Risk: Change comes with risk, and stepping out of your comfort zone can be risky. Assess the risk involved and prepare yourself mentally and physically.
- Change: Be willing to change your lifestyle and mindset. Knowing and doing are two different things. Many of us know what we have to do, but we have trouble changing our way of life to commit ourselves to actionable steps to do it. The hardest challenge in my growth journey was changing my ways of thinking.
- Gratitude: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and take time to reflect on things you’re grateful for, expressing gratitude for them. If you’re grateful for a person, make sure they know through your words and actions.
- Positive Thinking: Focus on the good in life, avoid negative thoughts and feelings, and cultivate a positive mindset to stay motivated and achieve your goals.
- Service to Others: Serving others can bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose to your life, improving your well-being and allowing you to feel good about the impact you are making on the world.
Finally, give yourself time to see outer results from your inner growth. Inner growth is the key to massive outer success. By focusing on self-awareness, mindfulness, gratitude, emotional intelligence, positive thinking, personal development, and service to others, you can build a strong foundation for success and happiness. Success is not just about external goals, but also the journey of personal growth and self-discovery.