Growing mentally, emotionally and spiritually is something we all like to do, whether we realise it or not.
Life is always trying to expand and express itself and us, as an extension of that life, are no different. It is no coincidence that most people feel positive and happiest when they are in a state of love or creative expression.
On the flip side, life is darkest and has the least power when it has no room to expand. When we corner ourselves with our own rigid thoughts, emotions and belief systems, we leave no room for self development.
The world grows dim. We experience pain and emotional trauma because we have plugged the natural flow of life.
"It is no coincidence that most people feel happiest when they are in a state of love or creative expression.."
By putting the following steps into action on a daily basis, we are going to move the blocks that have been stopping you from succeeding. From here, things are going to move quickly. You will literally feel the weights being removed as you continue with this process.
When you look back a year from now you will be amazed at how far you’ve come. That’s a promise.
8 Massive Steps to Self Growth
Wake up early and never feel rushed again
There is a new quote for self-improvement that occasionally does the rounds on Instagram and Twitter and it looks like this:
Waking up eye-wateringly earlier has long been a secret of the super-successful. And not just waking up but using the extra time productively, such as fitting in a few hours extra work, hitting the gym, talking with their children or meditating.
Dubious? Here’s the best part:
A person who have made the decision to start consciously waking up early have never gone back to their previous routine. After the transitionary period they speak of increased energy levels, increased focus, enhanced productivity and a larger sense of purpose.
Check out this list of people who get up early. It’s like a who’s who of modern success: 12 Successful Tech Executives Who Wake Up Early
Exercise and release your inner energies
Once you wake up you should immediately begin an activity that will set you up positively for the rest of the day.
For many people, this is exercise.
It is also a good way to promote not only your physical health but also your mind.
There are tons of great studies out there that give conclusive evidence that regular exercise not only makes us feel and look good, it also helps our brains. One such study performed at the University of British Columbia, found evidence that regular exercise improves our memory and enhances our thinking skills - perfect if you have a demanding day ahead.
Look, Deciding what exercise you want to do will depend on your interests. Are you a weightlifter or an easy runner? Fighter or track star? Yoga master? Well, It all begins with what gets you out of bed and gets you going. You can figure the rest out as you go.
Set daily goals and put your mind to work for you
Once the exercise session is completed for the day your attention should turn immediately to your goals. Having set, manageable tasks that you are committed to completing during the day is the key to super productivity. It enables us to focus and concentrate and not spend too long procrastinating.
Have your daily goals always in sight. Somewhere you can see and absorb them as you go about mundane tasks and life admin. This constant presence keeps us on track and ensures we do what we have to do.
Many people have had success writing out their goals 10-20 times, in order to imprint them on their subconscious mind. Maybe this will work for you too.
Do the most important thing first
One of the keys to real, noticeable progress is to always do the most important thing first.
Many people skip this advice because the most important thing is very often the hardest. Maybe you need to make a difficult phone call, or meet up with someone you don’t particularly like in order to hash out a deal.
With this in mind, if you are one of the 1% who can successfully integrate this principle into your life, you are going to be making some big moves before long.
Not only that, by knowing you can handle the most important things on your list your self-confidence is going to grow a hundredfold. When you know, without doubt, that you can handle the vicissitudes of life, astounding self growth is inevitable.
Go with the flow
The ‘zone’, or ‘flow state’ is not some mystical place that only athletes have access to. The fact you are a human being with a mind means you also have access.
The flow state happens when you are totally absorbed in what you are doing. The passage of time seems to stop and perceived effort falls into the background as our minds become one with the subject of our attention.
Our ‘little self’, the collection of thoughts, images, and emotions that we have collected throughout our years of experience, melts into the true self of awareness, bringing a sense of love and joy.
This Zen-like state of mind has produced some of the greatest ideas, sports moments and works of art in history - if not all of them.
But here’s the kicker:
Despite what people say, you cannot coax or shortcut your way to the flow state. It is a natural side-effect of intense interest from the mind on a certain topic. As a result, for self growth to occur,
it is imperative that you enjoy (or are at least absorbed by) what you are doing.
Work hard and see how quickly things come together
In order to find the flow state and have a successful day, you must commit to working hard. Self improvement only occurs in the exact amount that we give of ourselves.
Look at the mindset of Elon Musk:
“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour work weeks and you’re putting in 100 hour work weeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing you know that you will achieve in 4 months what it takes them a year to achieve.”
Working hard doesn’t mean skipping working on yourself, either. Use affirmations and other thought control techniques to bring the qualities you wish to have into your reality. Assume a virtue, as Shakespeare says, if you have it not.
Also, check out this video of Will Smith talking about his work ethic philosophy. That’s the mindset you need to cultivate:
Learn to relax and leave your mind to work subconsciously in the background
When the working day is done and all of your goals have been vanquished, you must turn your back on it and learn to relax.
This means letting go of all of the nagging desires, anxieties and tendencies that have arisen during the day. If needs be, sit for a few minutes and let all of your thoughts and emotions flow through you, without any conscious interaction, until you feel clearer.
Having the ability to do this is an extraordinary power in itself. Many people are thrown this way and that by their minds, no matter what time of the day it is. By practicing ‘conscious relaxation’ you show that you are the master. The rewards are greater feelings of love, a greater sense of peace, and a true awareness of your personal power to shape your reality. You will also experience enhanced powers of cognition and memory, according to Science AAAS.
Revisit your main goals before bed
Just before turning in for the night you should take a moment to focus on your main goals. These can be 1 year or 5-year goals of where you would be within that specific time frame. They could even be 10-year goals if you are thinking really long-term.
Take a few moments to read through these goals. Feel the feelings that come up when you do and let them pass through your body. Then, without another thought, set about falling asleep. With the sort of busy day you have had, it shouldn’t be too hard.