Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope the start of this new year has treated you well. I think one of the most important things I am really pursuing this year is personal growth. I want to take this year to really get to know myself and grow into the person that I want to be. I think I am finally in a position to go forward with absolutely nothing holding me back. And I think pursuing personal growth is really important for any young adult, so I thought today I would share how I am working on my personal growth and some ideas on how you can also.
Know your strengths and weaknesses.
One of the most important things that everyone should know is their biggest strengths and their biggest weaknesses. No one is perfect at everything and no one is bad at everything. We all have things that we are really good at and things that we could either improve on or should avoid all together. For instance, writing is a strength of mine. I am really good at not only writing well, but writing fast as well. However, I am not good at building things and I avoid doing that as much as possible. And I think we should all know what are strengths and weaknesses are.
Understand your values.
What do you most value in life? Where do those values come from? Why do you believe in those values? It’s important to know for yourself what your values are and why they are important to you. Not just because someone once told you it was important. Know the things that you value the most and why you value them and you will be able to stick to them a lot easier than if you are just blindly following values that someone passed down to you. Your values are a part of your core and you have to know what they are.
Know your non-negotiables.
We all have them in all types of relationships. We all have things that we absolutely need and things that we absolutely will not tolerate. And honestly it’s important. It goes back to having values and knowing why you have them. Compromise is important in a relationship, but there are some things that you shouldn’t have to compromise on. Know what those things are and what you are bringing into a relationship before you enter the relationship. Communicate these non-negotiables as early on as possible to prevent as much tension in the future.
Define success for yourself.
Success means something different for every individual. We don’t all find the same things important and success does not look the same for all of us. For some success is having a lot of money, for some it’s fame, and for some it’s a fulfilling career. Some people look at success as happiness, some look at it as the relationships and people in their lives, and some think of it completely differently. My point is, success doesn’t have one overarching definition. So know what success means to you and what it looks like in your life so you know what you are working toward.
Failure is not a bad thing. Failure happens again and again until you learn what you need to learn. Failure is a part of everyone’s life because no one is perfect. And if you aren’t failing then you aren’t really trying anything. Therefore, you aren’t really living in the first place. So learn to accept and embrace failure because it will change your life. You will start to look at the events and circumstances in your life differently. You will start to understand that you have the ability to change things and you are not stuck just because you failed the first time.
Learn about personal finance.
This is not an easy one or necessarily and fun one, but I do think it’s important. Personal finance and how to take care of your money is important to setting yourself up for success in the future. And there is so much information quite literally at our finger tips that there really isn’t a reason to not have any answers for what to do and get better with our finances. It can be a little overwhelming, but it’s important and while you will never know everything, learning just a little bit will help you in more ways that you know. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Build diverse relationships.
And finally, I think it’s important to build relationships with people who aren’t like you. And by that I mean people who are different physically and mentally. People who can introduce you to new things and new people to help you grow and become a more well-rounded person. Actively seek out people who are doing things you want to do or are in a position that you want to be in and learn as much from them as you can. You don’t have to do any of this alone because there are people who started exactly where you are right now.
Personal growth matters, especially as a young adult! So don’t sleep on these ideas to grow yourself and become the best version of yourself. Have ideas for personal growth as a young adult? Leave them in the comments! Also make sure you stick around and follow before you leave so you don’t miss future posts. I have a ton of really great stuff planned for the next couple of months and I really hope to see the blog grow and flourish this year, so leave your requests for blog posts down in the comments and I will talk to you soon!