Grow in life and become the best that you can be.
Growth is one of the most important areas that define our overall quality of life, but it is also one of the most challenging areas of life itself. As humans, our natural instinct is to want. A certain idea pops into our brains, and what do we do? We want. Not tomorrow, not in a year, we want it now. But ask yourself, will having everything immediately when you want it really help you to grow in life?
The things that I want the most in my life are happiness, and constant motivation. Imagine that. Imagine a life with nothing but constant happiness and a constant “ready to kick butt” mentality. If I could wake up every single day feeling happier and more motivated than the previous day, I would have even a better life than I do now.
Let’s face it. That will never happen. I am not going to wake up every single day of my life feeling happier and more motivated that I was yesterday. It doesn’t matter the person, we are all going to experience difficulties and setbacks in life. But it is how we respond to these difficulties that defines our growth in life.
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, and I mean a lot of deep thinking. So much, it kind of hurts. All jokes aside, I had to take a moment and ask myself some things. If I were to wake up tomorrow having accomplished everything that I ever wanted, would I truly be happy? If my life were perfect, what would be my motivation to live for tomorrow?
The truth is, at this point in my life, no. I am having much more fun chasing my dreams, instead of actually having accomplished them. Day after day, I am becoming the best me that I have ever been, and I am living a better life than I ever have before. For me, this is kind of fun, and relatively new.
That isn’t to say that I wouldn’t like to accomplish my dreams in life, but I actually want to experience the setbacks and face the hardships that come with chasing my dreams. Simply because I have realized that every single second of adversity that I have to face in life is going to help me grow and become more successful in the long run.
So how do we grow in life and be more successful? Personally, I believe that it comes down to the “two steps forward, one step backwards” approach. Like I said, I would love to accomplish all of my dreams with a snap of the finger, but it’s just not realistic to think that way.
What happens when we don’t accomplish our dreams when we want to accomplish them? We lose motivation, we start doubting ourselves, we start doubting our abilities, and ultimately, we tend to give up. The sad thing is that most of us are too afraid of making mistakes, that we don’t even try to chase our dreams.
But, when we learn to allow ourselves to make mistakes, and when we learn to to grow over time, that is when we are going to learn the most valuable lessons. Lessons that are going to help us to become the best individuals that we can possibly be.
Progression is the name of the game. Life isn’t about being perfect. Life is about progressing over time, and being the best that we can be. If you can become just one percent better for the next two days, then have one day where you experience a minor setback, think about how much better you are going to become, and how much you are still growing over time.
Making mistakes is inevitable. We all make them, and we are going to continue to make mistakes on a daily basis. But don’t spend your time dreading the setbacks. Focus on those two days of progression, and those two days of becoming a better individual.
What I am trying to get it, is that if you want to learn how to grow in life and be more successful, take a chance. You are going to have to allow yourself to make mistakes. As humans, we grow the most when we learn to accept the mistakes that we have made, instead of obsessing over them.
Think about how far you have come so far. Think about where you were when you were 20 years old. Odds are, you have grown immensely since then while experiencing more setbacks than you can count.
Now imagine if you continue on that path. Imagine how much better you are going to be in a year, in two years, or even in ten years. That is the bigger picture that we all need to do a better job focusing on.
So don’t be afraid to take chances. You are going to make mistakes no matter what. Learn from your mistakes, focus on the bigger picture, and do whatever it is that you can do to become the best individual that you can be.
You are going to have times where you are going to have to take a step back. That’s part of the game that is called life. But learn from those mistakes, and then do whatever it is that you can do to take two steps forward. Remember, life is about progression, not perfection. Take a chance, grow your life, and follow your dreams.
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