Guide to Self-Growth and Personal Development | Shape – Shape Magazine

Guide to Self-Growth and Personal Development | Shape – Shape Magazine

If the phrase “personal development” reeks of unhappiness or dissatisfaction to you, it’s understandable. There’s something about the idea of “working on yourself” that feels downright depressing — but there’s a way to approach self-growth that isn’t antiquated or cringy and is actually pretty damn empowering instead. It’s not so much about what you’re doing to encourage that growth, but more about how you choose to tackle self-development.

That’s all to say, this guide isn’t some 1990s preachy self-help book. Whether you’re pursuing self-growth because you have lofty goals, seek to reconnect with yourself, or want to approach the next season of your life with a refreshed mindset, this guide will help get you there — no shame included. Self-growth is always on your own terms.

Step by step, this guide will walk you through pinpointing potential areas in your life for growth, creating space for self-reflection, and cultivating an attitude of grace. Then, you’ll find tools to make those changes — first, on your own, and next, with the help of an expert, if you’re interested.

The idea is to build a rock-solid base of self-awareness, resilience, and a can-do attitude, and arm yourself with coping mechanisms so that you can confidently handle whatever comes your way. Scroll to see what resonates, or take the self-growth quiz below to see which area of personal development may be a good place to start exploring. On your mark, get set, grow.

The Foundation for Self-Growth

In this section, you’ll learn about the concepts and principles that will help you build and strengthen a healthy relationship with yourself, so you can grow from there — after all, hearty, healthy plants come from good soil.

If you’re already feeling pressure dipping a toe into the concept of self-growth, know this; perfection isn’t the goal, and pursuing personal growth doesn’t mean you’re not good enough as-is, right now. Rather, a major aim of “working on yourself” is learning to view your personal journey with grace and forgiveness. If you can approach self-growth from an attitude of love and care — versus that of shame and dissatisfaction — you’ll be unstoppable.

Building Your Personal Development Skills

Once you’ve built a strong self-love foundation, these next-level skills will help you continue to shape your mindset and roll with whatever happens in the world around you (global pandemic, breakup, you name it). Learn to meditate, be more mindful, and manifest things you want (yep, it’s legit — and it’s more than just putting what you want “out there” and receiving it). Then practice setting intentions (both mini and major), and cultivate gratitude for yourself and all the wonderful things you already have in your life.

Yes, some of these personal-growth skills focus on what you hope might come in the future, but every single one grounds you in the now. That’s because, in case you haven’t noticed, growth is actually a mindset, not a destination. If you act like the person you want to be, every single minuscule decision you make now will get you one step closer to …….