Blogs by Barbara J Henry
Growing from the Inside Out
3/31/2009 1:21:02 PM
Personal development is an admirable undertaking,but please don't be too alarmed or too critical of yourself when the changes you desire take a little longer than you expect.
So much information exists now on personal development or self growth.
This topic is one of the most popular these days.
It seems as if everyone has some useful morsel or tidbit that will catapult us into a completely different level of personal improvement,if followed for at least thirty days.
Since most growth is from the inside out,I wonder how much real growth can occur in such a a short span of time?
Consider this:Many trees take years to reach their maximum height,and for others,hundreds of years are needed.
But we humans,infinitely more complex than trees and other living things, are led to believe that significant growth, permanent and life changing,can happen almost over night.
I say 'not so!'Real growth takes years,and during those years the person undergoes many challenges most of which are internal because the important growth is from the inside out,and this type of growth requires a commitment and a real desire for change.
My own journey of personal growth began over thirteen years ago,and although I have experienced long lasting results in many areas,there is still so much more growth needed in other parts of my life.
For example,my patience,or the lack thereof,still needs to be worked on daily,and although I have seen amazing results in this area, the true test-heavy traffic when I am pushed for time-still hasn't been passed with flying colors; most of the times,the only color I see is red.
Until I pass the traffic test consistently,I will continue to do exercises,write journal entries, read self help books, including my own,and use other aids until I have mastered my impatience.
It would be wonderful if this area of my life improved significantly over night or at least over a period of thirty days,but so far, thirteen years have elapsed,and I still see things in this area that need to be tweaked.
Yes, personal growth is an admirable undertaking,for the 5 to 10 percent of us who are on board,but please,don't be too alarmed if the changes you seek are slow in coming.
Remember also that because of our humanness,there will always be something in our lives that need a little work.
Thankfully, there are tons of information to provide the help we need.
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