We’re almost through the first quarter of the year. By now the new year resolutions are either working out really well or are now completely forgotten. Either way, a lot has changed since we stepped into the new year and you’re probably making new plans everyday and adjusting to the period.It’s already spring. Flowers, lighter clothes and finally, the sun. Perfect time to relax and reflect on yourself and how far you’ve come. If you’re not one for resolutions, then good, these habits will help you grow everyday of each year as long as you consistently practice them. Soon, they become second nature and it no longer becomes a conscious process. Here they are:
1 BE FLEXIBLE
Change is constant and hence you should be constantly changing. You are not the person you once were. The foods you eat, the things you do, the things you like and even the friends you keep. As a human. you’re constantly evolving and hence it is only wise to be flexible in every area of life. Yes, everyone has principles and routines that are the center which your life pivots around but in a dynamic world as the one we live in, you can only keep moving forward. If you’re stubborn enough to stand still the world will leave you and pass you by. Nokia 3310 phone had a really good battery but no one uses it anymore, smartphones are now in.
2 BE OPEN MINDED
He that listens to the experiences and the thoughts of a thousand men has lived a thousand lives. In a society that wants to spoon feed you with it’s unstable versions of right and wrong, good and evil and what is acceptable, a natural defense would be to close the mind to every external force or idea in order to protect it. However, you’d learn so much more from others. Learn to open your mind, listen to other points of view even if they go completely against yours. You may find it easier to convince someone else when you listen to them with an intent to hear them out not to argue or prove them wrong.
This should be a daily habit itself. Everyday, 30 minutes before bed, think back and reflect on all that was done during the day, how the tie was spent and all you said. It’s a good way to correct errors in our speech and actions. If you had a fight, a relaxed thought of the things that happened before,during and after the fight might be a good way to clear up your point of view of the events. Weekly and monthly, reflecting puts you in perspective of your goals and how close or far you are from achieving them. It’s easy to see whether the strategies you have are in place and they are working. It helps you re-strategize for better and quicker success.
4 USE YOUR IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY
The difference between one person doing something and the other person is the unique creativity that comes with every individual. IF you want to grow in any area of your life,, your imagination and creativity is required. For every problem you encounter and you have to solve, it may depend on your ability to think outside the box. In whatever situation you find yourself, learn to think independently, irrespective of what you’ve been taught is right and wrong.
5 LEARN TO TAKE RISKS
Taking calculated risks leads to great results which may be in the form of success or experience. In my other post, I talk about the value of gaining experience. Risk taking opens you up to bigger possibilities. You may learn more about yourself while taking risks than when you’re in your comfort zone. It may be as little as trying new foods, finding a new hobby, doing something you’ve never tried. Risks begin little by little and eventually lead to great results. Set goals that stretch you and let you break out of the shell that is your comfort zone.
6 BE UNDERSTANDING
Understanding others, the reason why they do what they do and who they really are is a great way to grow yourself. Be sympathetic. Learn to sympathize with others. Have compassion. Love. Give freely. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. It enables you to connect with others deeply and while it comes naturally for some, you may need to actively learn to do so. Identify barriers that might exist while interacting with others and break them. You should want better things for others than you do for yourself.
I’m a Christian, so I believe in God. Praying helps you deal wiht the spiritual aspect of your life. It is said that the spiritual dictates the physical, what some people call karma. Meditate as much as you can and pray without ceasing. It helps cleanse the the mind, body and soul. Once your mind is clear, you can function at optimum levels and hence grow.
What tips do you do that help you grow personally? Leave them in the comment section. Don’t forget to share with your friends.