When we think of personal growth, odds are it reminds you of a self-help book. And, I totally get that, but there is so much more to self growth than what a “be a better you” book advises. Reflecting back on 2015, I realize how much I’ve grown as an individual. I learned to work through challenges and pursue goals that aren’t in easy reach, instead they are quite far and essentially, hard work. The journey to attain these dreams and goals is grueling and exhausting, and I’ve sometimes considered giving up. My biggest lesson of 2015 is known the difference between never admitting defeat and knowing when to walk away. See though, walking away is not defeat. It shows that you are confident in yourself and mature enough to walk away from something that isn't right to you and will help you become a better person. In difference, defeat usually happens in the trenches of hard work. You are at a place where results aren’t immediate and the struggle is well, #real. After those trenches is the rise to the top. The peak of success is a place where the realization of your success and work becomes noticeable to yourself. That is self growth. Personal growth also stems from being confident enough in who you are. I used to care a lot about what people thought about me, to the point where I was embarassed to express my truest self. It takes some time to gain enough pride and confidence in yourself to not be afraid. Yes, there is the initial hurdle of nerves, but I always ask myself, “what do I have to lose/ will I regret this?” As 2016 is coming upon us, ask yourself… are you living your truest and honest self? Because for awhile I wasn’t. Then the obvious happens... life throws those pesky curveballs. We learn what is important to us and how our emotions are a direct reflection. That is personal growth. It may be scary, but something that is real, can be scary. Remember that.
Wishing you the best in 2016 and come back tomorrow for my resolutions!