The sentence above can mean the difference between a mediocre life and an incredible life. Being obsessed or continuous longing for growth means that you are relentless about learning, experiencing, and become a better version of yourself each and every day. The common theme throughout many of these ideas is replacing passivity for activity. As you get older there will be more demands on your time and energy. The only way to deal with the onslaught is to set priorities for yourself and not fall into a lull of reactivity. Be intentional about doing things that are new, that scare you, and that will lead to your growth.
Take some time to do these guided thinking exercises. The time invested will enable you to focus on the positive and the possible for your life.
- List Everything You’d Like to Do in Your Lifetime
These lists can run several hundred items and are often called Bucket Lists. Your chosen lifestyle must allow for the accomplishment of these dreams.
- Write Down Your 10 Favourite Activities
Write only the ones without which your life would feel deprived without. No life choice is suitable unless you get to do your favorited activities at least weekly, preferably daily.
- Think of a Time When You Felt More Positively About Your Life
What has changed between then and now? List everything that is different. Perhaps you will gain insight into what is causing your current dissatisfaction and this insight could enable you to change the circumstances causing your unhappiness.
- Schedule Quiet, Thinking Time for Yourself Every Single Day
If you are like many people, you rarely take time to be alone with yourself. Make it a priority to spend time alone with yourself doing nothing. Some people practice meditation and others practice yoga. The key is to spend time in your head gently going wherever your thoughts take you. If those thoughts turn negative or self-deprecating, simply change the subject.
- Read Books About Personal Growth and Motivation
Personal growth and self-motivation books fill an entire section of your local bookstore and will add to your understanding about yourself. Books which have been authored or co-authored by experientially vast persons are a good starting point.
- Take a Class
It could be online or at your local community, it could be a course to acquire a new skill or learn about personal growth and motivation. In completing the earlier recommended exercises, you may have targeted additional topics you will want to study. A structured course would be a good way to do that.
Lastly Take the time to explore and identify your needs for personal growth and motivation. Maybe it’s just the job that’s depressing you. Perhaps you have not focused on adding your favourite activities to your daily life.
In the daily busyness of life, you may have forgotten to think about your own need for solitude, thoughtfulness, and exploration. If you spend time exploring these recommended activities, you will find your answers, refresh your life view and put the joy and energy you deserve back into your life.
Do these daily as you explore what makes you happy.
- Make time for your dreams and the activities that bring you joy. You have listed your favourite activities and the hundreds of items you’d like to do in your lifetime. Begin. Add one each day to your schedule. Do all 10 activities you love at least once per week.
- Do something that is completely new to you once each week. Get out of your comfort zone and engage with new people, places, and activities.
- Write a journal that tracks your thoughts, the new ideas you are generating and the additional life activities you schedule every day.
In the midst of your new thoughts and activities, you should supplement your thinking with tests and quizzes that provide information about yourself. Take personality, leadership, and career: tests, surveys, profiles, and quizzes to add to your understanding of yourself.
Enjoy the New You.