There are so many articles around about personal growth and living for the moment. Life would be so much easier if we could just follow their advice and—presto!—suddenly be on the right path. Unfortunately, reality just doesn’t work that way.
So how do you find clarity?
Consider all of the things you do in your life. Are they geared towards your enjoyment, fulfillment, or personal growth?
Take a step back and really reflect on this question. Then, try using these three keys to finding your path to personal growth.
1. Locate Where You Are Now
First, take a moment to reflect on where you are now, at this moment.
If you took a snapshot of your life and sent it to your younger self, what would they say?
We all make choices in our lives and those choices affect the paths that we take. Have your choices allowed you to be on the path you want? Or, have things taken a different turn?
Remember that if you are not where you thought you would be, that isn’t bad. In fact, life has a way of revealing new paths to personal growth that you didn’t expect when you first started on this journey.
However, what if you are still unsure of what your path should be?
2. Identify Your Passions
Next, identify what you are passionate about. What is it that really excites you in life?
When pursuing your passion, does time seem to slow down? Do you feel more present and centered in your life?
Remember that your passions can change over time too. When you were much younger maybe you were passionate about watching Saturday-morning cartoons. Now, though, you prefer playing the guitar and building things in your workshop. That’s okay!
Understand what your passions are right now, in this moment, and work from there.
3. Pursue Those Passions
Once you know what your passions are, find ways to pursue them.
It could be that you take a course or class to improve upon a skill. Or, schedule a weekend or even a vacation to go more in-depth with your beloved hobby. This could be anything from scuba diving to line dancing to cheese tasting!
If your passion is your work, consider how to do it better. Perhaps the next step is that you open your own business or expand and grow your existing business. When you think about all the options that are available, the sky really is the limit!
Find Balance with Your Passions
It’s entirely possible that you have passions that are both related to work and recreation. That’s great because it allows you to enjoy more moments in life.
Think about it, you can love what you do for work and still be passionate about your family too.
Finding a balance between work and home allows you to get more enjoyment out of your time and feel more passionate about life as well.
A Word of Advice - Never Settle
We’ll leave you with this word of advice: never to get too complacent with your passions. Remember, there is always room to pursue growth or try something new.
For example, an athlete will love their sport but will also constantly push to achieve a higher level of performance.
Personal growth occurs in much the same way. You can’t grow unless you are challenged. That can mean refining your skills in your current passions or trying something completely new.
When it comes to your personal growth and finding enjoyment in life, the most important factor is identifying and pursuing that which you love to do. Finding your passion will make life enjoyable; maintaining that passion means to constantly be pushing yourself toward new challenges.
Lauren Thomas Hale, MA, is a licensed professional counselor intern at the Relationship Counseling Center of Austin. For help identifying your passions and finding your own path to personal growth, request an appointment with Lauren by calling (512) 270-4883, ext.114, or online at the RCC Austin Scheduling page.