Growth can be defined as the process of developing or maturing physically, mentally, or spiritually. The aspect of growth that I want to focus on at this time is mental growth. Our thoughts are what affects our actions and our actions affect our growth. It is extremely important to realize that our growth is determined by the way we think. There are three issues about our thought process that can stunt growth.
First, there is the issue of self worth. A lot of us allow others to determine our worth from the way they express their feelings towards us. Self worth ties in with respect and if you don’t respect yourself, nine times out of ten, others won’t respect you either. Once you know your worth, you will realize you are valuable and that will open up the doors for growth. When those doors are opened you won’t be afraid to go through them because you will realize that you are more than capable to succeed.
Secondly, there is the issue of self doubt. Most of us never get to our ultimate destination because we don’t believe in ourselves. Once we gain confidence, it is then, that we are able to grow out of that doubt. To gain confidence, we can get as much knowledge and experience as possible in the area(s) that we are most passionate about. At that point, we can begin to follow our dreams with the belief that we have what it takes.
Lastly, there is the issue of self motivation. Motivation is one of the hardest things to do for yourself. That is why there are so many people who have put their dreams on the backburner. We have to be careful not to rely solely on others to motivate us. The best advice I can give concerning motivation is to “Turn your desire into drive.” Once you are aware of your desires, it gives you a blueprint for your dreams. If you think you can be successful, you can achieve it.
With all that being said, don’t be afraid to grow. Growing mentally is something that all of us should strive to do. We have to be WILLING to grow in order for any growth to take place. “Your mindset determines your outcome.”