There are five self-growth factors for success which are a vital part of any personal development path. Understanding them is essential to facilitate your self-improvement as well as for achieving your goals. I like to separate these in two groups: One group has three factors that must be pursued consciously and on purpose. The second group has two factors which are innate to us all, regardless of our being aware of them or not.
You’ve probably heard that by age 5, the brain of a child has achieved approximately 90% of its adult size and that most of the basic learning which lays the foundation for the years to come has taken place by the time the child starts kindergarden. This learning is directly influenced by the immediate environment from the moment of birth. At this early stage, the environment consists mainly of parents, caregivers, and perhaps a few relatives.
Other factors affect the immediate environment as well, such as the location where the family lives and the type of social engagement the child is exposed to from an early age. For instance, the child of a family who lives in the country and attends church every Sunday has a more narrow circle of influence than the child of a family that lives in the city, has an abundant social life and travels often.
Once the child starts going to school, the circle of influence expands. At that time, the development of personality will be influenced by classmates and other people they spend most of the time with, like teachers and sport coaches.
The other factor of this group is genetic in nature. This factor determines pesonality traits such as intelligence, predisposition and temperament. Over the years researchers have tried to prove whether it is our genes or our environment what influences us most. So far, it’s been determined that both of them contribute greatly in shaping us. These innate factors conform a combination of nature and nurture.
Now let’s discuss the group which has to be pursued consciously and on purpose, because -unlike environment and genes- these three of the five self-growth factors for success are totally under our control.
In order to change, we must be aware that something needs to be changed. Thus, in order to pursue self-improvement in any area, the first step is to become aware of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, actions, and habits. This is achieved through introspection and an honest analysis of your virtues and flaws. From this point of reference, you can determine the things that are not working on your favor; things that may be deterring you from success.
Having said that, this level of awareness does not come easy or fast. Most people recognize the problem area they want to change (i.e. being overweight, too stressed, spending too much money, etc.) but it is harder to identify the underlying cause that created the problem. If this is your case, I suggest you engage the help of a Life Coach to help you through the process.
Once you have discovered the root cause of the area you want to change, the rest is easier. Now you can develop a clear vision of what you want to change, and create a plan of action that leads you to your desired outcome. Start by writing down your main goal, and then elaborate on the smaller steps that will take you from point A to point B. This will give structure to your plan and make it easier to reach your target.
Creating a vision board can help and enhance the process as you get to see what your goal will look like once it is completed.
This last of the five self-growth factors for success should be the easiest since you have already determined what needs to be changed and created a plan of action to follow, right?
Well, it depends.
Unfortunately, many people fall short of executing the plan. For one reason or another, they never take action on what they want to change or achieve even after having elaborated a plan of action. It could be fear of success. It could be fear of failure. It could be lack of self-confidence, or so many other things. Many actually blame their lack of action to the two innate factors mentioned above. Let’s remember, however, that many people before us have overcome their challenges and underprivileged origins and became a success.
Truth is, the main difference between achievers and dreamers is action -precisely- so don’t let anything stop you from achieving what you want. If you happen to identify something that’s preventing you from executing your plan, seek help to overcome it. There are plenty of tools and techniques to help you with this! When you want something bad enough, nothing will stand on your way!
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