If you’re reading this article, then you are here for a reason: to develop yourself and grow.
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There is a lot of great information on ways you can achieve personal growth. But they are all built upon the foundation of good habits. If your foundation is shaky, you won’t be able to build on it; and whatever you build will not last.
Here are 3 important components that are the foundation of personal growth. If you are feeling stuck, or unable to make progress, check your foundation, and reinforce it.
1. De-Clutter Your Personal Belongings
For many people, this itself is an area of personal growth. But it is also a foundational element. There is a strange relationship between clutter and progress.
The more clutter you have, the less progress you make in your life. Even if you feel that clutter does not reflect your state of mind, it ends up impacting your state of mind.
Additionally, maintaining your clutter takes time away from the things you want to do.
What constitutes clutter is different for everyone. So think about your belongings. Start paring them down until you feel you have an optimal amount. Start small, and build on it. As you pare down your belongings, notice the improvements that are occurring in other areas of your life – and they are sure to occur.
2. Limit Your Spending
In today’s world, it is easy to buy whatever you want. But this creates more things that you must maintain.
It is also a drain on your finances. It creates stress when you are trying to figure out what to buy. If you are buying a gift for someone else, you are adding to their clutter, and you are creating a vicious cycle of gift-giving.
Giving gifts also gives us a false feeling that we are supporting the person, instead of truly being there for that person. So if you have sent gifts to your mother for her birthday, consider spending some time with her instead.
The next time you want to go to the store to buy something for yourself, postpone the trip. Write down what you want to buy, and wait 2 weeks.
Chances are, you will not feel like buying the item after that time. If you are thinking of buying something for someone else, come up with an alternative that will be meaningful for both of you.
This foundational element improves finances, relationships, and mental well-being.
3. Practice Regularly
If something resonates with you, put it into practice today, and every day. This is not always easy.
For example, I wanted to start a daily practice of meditation. It was terrific in the beginning when I was motivated. But then life came along and it was easy to make excuses for myself.
And when you skip your practice for one day, it gets easier to skip it the next day. Before long, you stop practicing it.
How do you address this problem? Tie your practice to something you do every day. As soon as I wake up, I meditate.
Waking up is my trigger to practice meditation, and since I wake up every day, it is more difficult to skip the practice.
Try these 3 things today to start moving forward in life!