Growth is Inevitable
How can we be better individuals to grow into 2020?
Who are you?
Who are you? This question is the most important question to ask yourself year by year. As time goes by and situations shape your life, stagnation can become the death of us. It’s important to understand who you are, what makes you tick, and what you bring to the table to understand how you can grow personally and professionally.
We're starting to put these practices into motion at All American. Our team recently completed the 16 Personalities test which tells you in detail who you are personally and professionally. It's a great way for team members to understand the different personalities they work with and how to effectively communicate with one another. This test also helps you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and how to work on them.
Ask yourself how happy you are with life right now. If money wasn’t of importance, what would you be doing with your life? How about if you only had 30 days left to live, what would you do? These questions can help you see what your passions and priorities are in life. It helps solidify that life isn’t about a one-path lifestyle. Just because you make a bad decision doesn’t mean that’s your end game. Life is about the twists, turns and many surprises. If you can’t go with the flow, maybe this blog can help.
How can I be better?
There are five areas of personal development: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual. Developing these initiatives take separate work. Sometimes, your efforts can blend into one another. For example, if you begin to work out to better your physical health, that can also help your intellectual health to feel more energized and motivated.
Physical health deals with getting in shape, eating healthier, and self-care nights where you moisturize and pamper yourself (for guys, too!). Emotional work is gaining hold of emotional tendencies; for example, if you take things too seriously or if someone has a tone of voice that you take the wrong way, these are emotional issues that take work to fix. Last, social is going out of your comfort zone to get involved in your community and meeting new people.
Spiritual work is about finding a belief in something. Many people believe this is key to personal development. When you believe in something, you tend to act in ways that push you towards that belief. Last, intellectual health is your mental/cognitive well-being. This focuses on doing things that force you to think outside the box. Some examples can be to read more, debate politics and understand the opposing side's reasons, and learning a new language. Implementing tasks that make you think twice can help you grow your intellectual abilities.
Let's achieve these goals!
You don’t necessarily need a mental illness to work on yourself, however 450 million people have some form of internal struggles. The five signs of mental illness include long lasting sadness or irritability and extremely high or low moods. You can also suffer from fear, anxiety, or worry, as well as social withdrawal and changes in your food/eating habits.
This is why it is so important to stay up-to-date on your personal development. When we lose sight of who we are, it’s a struggle to get that happiness back… sometimes we don’t even know what makes us happy anymore. If you struggle with mental illness and feel like you can’t fix it yourself, talk to someone! Go to a counselor, talk to a friend, and tell your doctor. 2020 is the year to focus on mental health and understand that there are many outlets waiting to help.
These practices help in both personal and professional settings. When you become a more self-actualized individual, you can be a better boss, friend, partner, and family member. People can rely on you for truth and transparency because they know you are true with yourself. Now, I know these things don't work overnight, but trust the process! It may take you years to find out who you are, what makes you tick, and what makes you feel good. It can also change over time, too. Love yourself and put yourself first so that you can be your 110% best in every scenario.