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!
If time travel was a thing, this is what I would tell past Nic:
1. Information alone does not create transformation
There is SO MUCH information about personal growth out there but none of it means anything if you just listen or read and then forget. Taking action on what you consume is the key to growth.
2. Slow progress is still progress
Some transformations happen quickly and others take awhile. Don’t judge yourself for the pace of change, just let it unfold naturally.
3. Finding your own way is essential
Don’t try to copy anyone else’s personal growth journey. Learn the art of self-awareness and then use that as a guide to find what works for you.
4. It’s ok to let go of people who don’t support you
When you start to change and grow, there will be people in your life who try to discourage your growth. This isn’t about you, it’s about them. It’s ok to let them go or implement boundaries to protect your own mental health.
5. Growing with friends is better than growing alone
If the people in your life aren’t supportive of your new journey, find people online or in real life who are also pursuing growth and support each other.