Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Experience Personal Growth Through Self-Discovery

To Gaze, to Wonder, to Hope for something more
Gaze, wonder, hope (Letting Go of Control)
by Dr Bruce Johnson

In a technologically driven society, where our attention is constantly being distracted, we rarely stop to intentionally reflect upon our personal growth.

It is unlikely that you have had a recent conversation with someone and discussed what you have been learning as a result of life's experiences because these are cumulative subconscious events.

However, we can experience personal growth through moments of conscious self-awareness.

It is possible to become self-aware during times that challenge us or opportunities that allow us to learn.

When we begin a process of deliberate or focused self-discovery it allows us to then experience self-directed personal growth.

The process of self-discovery often occurs through trial and error. If life went according to plan and everything unfolded for you exactly as you hoped it would, you may never have an opportunity to know the limits of your own strength or self-endurance.

You need challenges to grow because it lets you know when something you are doing is effective, ineffective, or needs to be revised. You may also discover through this process that you want to try something new.

You need new projects to be able to generate brand new ideas. And you need setbacks to experience comebacks.

One of the innate barriers to personal self-growth is our view of life and the world around us. Our worldview is tied closely to our belief system and through that we establish a set of filters to process information that we read or hear. It also determines the sources of information we will seek out.

If we continually rely upon that point of view, and never consider alternative perspectives, we grow mentally stagnant. This is the reason why a formal classroom environment is transformative in nature.

Students are exposed to different sources of information and other perspectives. Even students that initially resist the process gradually begin to accept new viewpoints.

Self-discovery is an ongoing process and you can use it to your advantage to experience personal growth through conscious self-reflection. This means examining positive and negative outcomes and interactions each day. When you experience something positive use it as a source of self-motivation.

On the other hand if you have a negative experience don't gloss over it, learn from it. For example, if you are walking on a trail and you suddenly trip, what happens? You re-correct yourself and pay attention to where you were walking. It is very unlikely that you will stop and believe that you can never walk again.

The same is true for negative experiences. You can learn to re-correct yourself and become better prepared for the future.

Once you've experienced the benefit of continuous self-discovery you can begin to use it in a purposeful manner. You will likely experience personal growth because you will become self-aware of your strengths and areas of weakness, and you can build from or improve those specific areas.

You will also realize that the concept of success is also an evolving process and built from gradual steps and persistent effort.

Through every challenge and every opportunity to learn you can use it to your advantage. It will influence every aspect of your life, including your professional growth and development.

Dr. Bruce Johnson has had a life-long love of learning and throughout his entire career he has been involved in many forms of adult education; including teaching, training, human resource development, career coaching, and life coaching.

Dr. J has completed a master's in Business Administration and a PhD in the field of adult education, with an emphasis in adult learning within an online classroom environment.

Presently Dr. J works as an online instructor, faculty developmental workshop facilitator, faculty mentor, and professional writer. Dr. J's first eBook, APPRECIATIVE ANDRAGOGY: TAKING the Distance Out of Distance Learning, is available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Learn more by visiting http://www.affordablequalitywriting.com

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