What Is Personal Growth and Why Is It So Important?

What Is Personal Growth and Why Is It So Important?

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Personal growth is the development of your skills, knowledge, wisdom, and character. Discover what it means for you and your life.

If there were ever a time to invest in your personal growth, it’s now. Also known as personal development, self-growth, and self-improvement, it’s one of the most important buzzwords of our time.

In this article, we’ll explore:

Let’s begin.

What Is Personal Growth?

Personal growth is the positive improvement of our skills, knowledge, wisdom, habits, behavior, and personal qualities.

Personal development allows you to reach your full potential, be your best self and live your happiest, most successful life.

You can define personal development as any mental, physical and spiritual transformation. It’s not just about learning–it’s about applying whatever you learn so it becomes part of who you are.

Here at Mindvalley, we believe that your growth should always come first. After all, it’s through self-growth that we’re able to show up in the world as the most extraordinary version of ourselves. 

Personal growth: maslow's hierachy of needs
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-actualization, aka personal growth, leads to the highest form of human fulfillment. Sure, we need to breathe, eat, sleep and have a social network around to keep us sane and safe.

But if you want to explore your limitless potential, you’ll need to explore the last step of the pyramid. And once you do, you’ll discover that self-actualization enhances the way you enjoy all other aspects of the triangle too. 

Personal growth can make you a sort of Buddha, but a badass at the same time. Peaceful, but highly productive. It can make you kind, but resilient. Loving, but assertive. Healthy, but with the fun-loving nature of a child.

Personal development can improve your self-love, relationships, career prospects, spirituality, and mental and physical health to name a few. And it’s personal to you.

The true beauty of self-growth is that the possibilities are infinite. Whatsmore, you can grow towards your goals in whichever way you choose. And the more you grow, the happier, more fulfilled you’ll be now and in the future. 

It’s never, ever too late to start. Whether you’re 8 or 80, you’ve come to the right place.

What Causes it?

Your personal growth is caused by change. Big life events, struggles, new relationships, and spiritual enlightenment promote Self-growth. It can happen by accident through forces outside your control. That said, it can also happen just as powerfully through deliberate self-improvement.

Just as you’ve grown physically throughout your life, you’ve also grown personally.

Whether you’ve noticed or not, you’ve adapted and grown into different versions of yourself your entire life.

You developed the resilience to leave your mother’s side to go to school. You then learned to share your toys, then your time, then your money. You chose to embrace kindness over selfishness (most of the time). You probably lost someone you love along the way, so you found a way to cope with overwhelming emotions. All this causes personal growth.

But once you have built the experience to be self-aware, you’re ready to facilitate transformative learning and personal growth on purpose. It doesn’t just have to come about from pain, suffering, and survival. You can facilitate personal growth through reading, therapy, podcasts, and best of all, courses.

Here at Mindvalley, we have lots of personal growth courses and masterclasses for you to try for free. 

Eric Edmeades in the forest
Eric Edmeades, Mindvalley ‘WildFit’ Author

Why Is Personal Development Important?

Personal growth is important because it gives you the tools you need to thrive in an ever-changing world. If you want life to get better as you get older, you’ll need to become a better version of yourself.   

The importance of personal development goes way beyond polishing your halo. It’s vital if you want to live a happy life. It’s also the key to success in every single area of the human experience. 

Personal growth is important if you want to have:

  • Healthy, loving relationships with yourself and others
  • A baseline of happiness, positivity and wellbeing
  • Greater resilience 
  • Career success
  • Long-term financial success
  • Motivation and productivity
  • A sense of calm in a storm
  • A healthy mind, body and spirit

There’s nothing more important than your growth as a person. That’s why here at Mindvalley we’re offering a vast array of personal growth courses that cover all aspects of personal growth. From improving your romantic relationships to clean eating, from entrepreneurship to spirituality, you’ll find everything you need under one roof. 

Whatsmore, the world needs you to be the best version of yourself. Because it’s only when you’re the strongest, happiest YOU that you can go out there and help others.  

Examples of Personal Growth

11 Examples of Personal Growth Goals include:

  1. Learning to be more productive at work
  2. Developing emotional intelligence or expressing feelings healthily
  3. Leading a healthier lifestyle (including food and exercise)
  4. Forging better relationships
  5. Learning the art of active listening/public speaking
  6. Adopting new skills such as learning new languages, instruments, meditation and other platforms
  7. Boosting your self-esteem and confidence
  8. Getting wiser with your finances
  9. Becoming generally more self-aware
  10. Learning to respond with resilience to challenging circumstances 
  11. Cultivating more inner peace, love, and joy on a day-to-day basis
Lisa Nichols speaking about personal growth on Mindvalley stage
Lisa Nichols, Mindvalley Author of ‘Speak and Inspire’

Quotes to Inspire You

1. “The swiftest way to triple your success is to double your investment in personal development.” — Robin Sharma

2. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” — Maya Angelou 

3. “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb

4. “Self-enrichment is that act of creating a thousand micro wins, so you can have one macro win.” — Lisa Nichols, Mindvalley Author

5. “It is never too late to be who you might have been.” — George Eliot

6. “The quest for wholeness can never begin on the external level. It is always an inside job. — Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Mindvalley Author

7. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” — Les Brown

How to Make a Self-Improvement Plan 

When it comes to personal growth, actions speak louder than words. So grab a journal and pen, and start your plan via the following 4 steps:

1. Ask the question: ‘What’s not working?’ Identify what area of your life you’d like to improve. It could be your relationship, your career, or your level of health and general wellbeing. 

2. Now you know what’s not working, ask yourself the question: ‘What do I want instead? It could be an enhanced romantic life, a fitter, healthier body, more self-love, or self-expression. 

Ronan Oliviera training
Ronan Oliveira, Mindvalley Author of the 10X Quest

3. Next, ask yourself what qualities you’ll need in order to manifest your dreams. If you want to lose weight, maybe you’ll need motivation and nutrition advice. If you wish to cultivate inner peace, you’ll need to learn how to meditate, etc. That’s where personal growth companies like us come in. We have a vast array of personal growth courses designed to help you grow into the best version of yourself in all areas of your life. 

4. Set milestones. Make a promise to yourself that you’ll achieve certain goals by certain dates. Make sure they’re specific, achievable, and time-bound. For example, you may want to write a book in the next year. Your milestones may be writing the 1st chapter within 6 weeks, the 2nd chapter within 12 weeks, and the 3rd chapter within 18 weeks, etc. 

How to Continue Your Journey

You can make sure you’re always growing and developing yourself by:

  • Keeping a personal growth journal to record your progress every day
  • Finding a mentor
  • Reading about whichever area you’ve chosen to work on
  • Creating a personal growth-oriented morning routine
  • Getting an accountability partner to keep you on track
Not sure where to start? Complete this quick and fun quiz to identify your key growth areas.

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