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The year is almost over. In just a few weeks, we will say goodbye to 2012, and welcome another year. Let me ask you a question. How much did you grow this year?
You may have felt that 2012 is not your year. Sure, you still have your job, a family, friends, but in the back of your mind, you think that there is something you're missing. You feel that there is something that needs to develop in you.
Personal development or personal growth can mean a lot of things. It can include activities that make you more self-aware, or being able to live to your full potential.
Embarking on a journey of personal growth is not easy, and it never ends. There is always something that will distract you, and there is always something that you need to learn. You don't need to be afraid of growing.
The great thing about personal growth is that it's focus is you. You don't need to look at how others do it, you simply need to look inside yourself, see the things that need to change, and do something to make that change.
If you are not sure how you can do this, here are some tips you can start with.
1 - Raise Your Standards
If you feel like your life is in a rut, it's time to stop being contented with where you are now. Mediocrity is not included in personal growth. Know what you want, and keep working towards that goal. If you want that promotion, then do better work than you did before. You may have to sacrifice a bit of your time, but it will be worth it in the end.
2 - Stay Positive
There may be times in your journey in life that you will fail. You don't need to be negative about it. See the silver lining in any situation, and turn those stumbling blocks of failure into stepping stones to success.
3 - Know Yourself
You know that quote "if you don't stand for anything, you'll fall for anything"? Keep this in mind. Know what you value, and stand up for them. Don't give in to pressure and just believe in yourself.
4 - Invest in yourself
The worst place to be is at equilibrium. There is no such thing, when you stop growing you die. Try to learn something new, like a new habit (if you don't know how to cook, this may be the time to take lessons!), or maybe a new language, or Latin dancing! It doesn't matter what you try, just remember to have fun!
The next year can be your best year yet if you just take the time to grow. Start on your journey today and get ready for a great year to come!
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