Note: this post was originally written as an Atomic Essay as part of Ship 30 for 30 and posted on Twitter. I’ve copied the essay content here so it isn’t just lost in the endlessness of the Twitter feed. Enjoy!
Let’s start off by acknowledging that this is NOT a framework to follow (because you already know how I feel about those) but rather suggestions that can help you be open to growth opportunities.
This is by no means an exhaustive list that will guarantee any amount of growth. They are merely helpful things I’ve learned on my own journey. Take what resonates and leave the rest 😊
#1: Prioritize Self-Awareness & Intention
If you want to make changes, it’s helpful to understand where you are now. Learning to pay attention to your thoughts and motivations is a big first step to making intentional choices instead of just falling into things.
#2: Get Outside Your Comfort Zone & Try New Things
If you keep doing the same things, you’ll keep being the same person. For some people that’s ok, but if you’re seeking to grow then being open to new thoughts, perspectives and experiences can be beneficial.
#3: Learn to Be An Observer
This goes along with self-awareness, but takes it a step further. Learning how to see yourself and your experiences without being overwhelmed by the emotional aspect is a great way to open yourself up to growth.
#4: Be Willing to Be Vulnerable & Deal With Hard Stuff
Is it easier to ignore the hard stuff and avoid it? Absolutely. But if you’re serious about becoming a better human, at some point you’ll need to be willing to shine a light on yourself – even your flaws – and learn how to handle what you find.
#5: Look After Yourself
This doesn’t mean you have to get up at 5am after 8 solid hours of sleep, lift heavy and do tons of HIIT, practice daily self-care rituals, only eat fresh, organic food for every meal or whatever else the gurus tell you is necessary.
Find what makes YOU feel good and make it a priority. Because when you feel good physically and mentally, you free up space for growth.
The bottom line? There are no right or wrong ways to pursue growth
You only need to find the way that works for you. It may take a little time and experimenting, but none of that time is wasted. Each step takes you further from the person you were and toward the new version.