Growing for Good

Mindfulness

As we come toward the end of 2012, it’s nice to look back and reflect on the past 11 months. We know reflection is part of The Practice as a daily tool, but I think we can also use it on a much larger scale. Many of us set resolutions at the beginning of each year; things we want to improve on ourselves or goals for the next chapter in our lives. When we set these goals and make these plans, we are telling ourselves that we want to continue growing. We don’t want to stay stagnant, and this is so important. Sometimes we notice ourselves falling into ruts, routine, stagnation. While it is nice to have a set regimen for life, we must also remember how wonderful it is to grow and learn. I think this week is a perfect time to take a step back and reflect on this year, and motivate ourselves to finish the year out on a high note.

Even if we are satisfied with our current state, why is personal growth so important? We are ever changing beings, things will not stay the same. Growth allows us the strength to deal with life as it comes to us. It gives us the necessary tools of life. It brings us to exactly where we need to be.

So, what can we do to ensure we are always moving forward, and not stepping back?

  1. Journal. As we’ve talked about, journaling is important. It is here that you let your thoughts flow and can come up with some really interesting thoughts and ideas. Maybe you manifest a goal or desire that you didn’t know you had. Think of journaling as your subconscious talking to you through the paper. Discover what your true self is looking for, and use this as a way to guide yourself through life.
  2. Overcome Fear. Sometimes fear can block us from trying new things or experiencing the unknown. While I’m not suggesting you do anything physically dangerous, step outside of your comfort zone every once and a while and see how it feels. Try something new before this year is over.
  3. Be a Dreamer. Many times we think that our dreams are just that, dreams, and the likelihood of them coming to fruition is near impossible. Anything that you put your full attention and mind towards, you can achieve. Take some time and ponder what you’d really like to achieve in life. Write down your goals, make a vision board, allow these dreams to propel you to the life you’ve always wanted.
  4. Surround Yourself With Love. We are who we surround ourselves with. Be picky with who you choose to spend your precious time with. If you notice there are some negative influences or distractions, reconsider them. Life is too short to spend your time with people who bring you down, rather than lift you up.
  5. Inspirational Reading. A portion of The Practice, a tool if you’re really stuck in life. Reading for inspiration can help you relate to those who are in your shoes, and give you the wisdom and courage to make the changes needed in life. Knowledge is power, instill yourself with it.

Have you achieved what you wanted this year? What do you do to keep yourself on track in life? Let us know!

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