I recently met a group of ladies who made an impression on me. They were getting together a few times per month to talk about how they wanted to grow in order to improve their lives. I immediately felt connected because I am always looking for ways to grow and be better.

Then it occurred to me that not all people desire this. What makes one person strive for growth, and another person seem content to remain the same. No judgment here, nor a criticism.

My conclusion is that some people were lucky enough to enjoy more positive experiences than negative. Those with more negative experiences seem to want to break that cycle and change their lives. ­­And I am one of those people.

I have had my share of not-so-great experiences, but those things are what made me who I am today. It is those things that make me push for more and encourage me to make the changes I need to make in order to have a great life.

Personal growth is a choice. I encourage you to choose it.

You do not have to read a hundred self-help books or attend seminars or hire a life coach. All you have to do is say to yourself, I choose to grow.

Look for opportunities, everyday opportunities, that present themselves as you go about your day. If we are open to them, we will begin to see them.

For example, you may be standing in the grocery line feeling annoyed that the checker seems to be taking her little sweet time helping the customers in front of you. I have to admit that this has been me at times, especially when I have a long list of things to do that day! In this moment, decide it is an opportunity to grow.

This life lesson is a growth opportunity in patience. Change your thinking from thoughts of frustration to thoughts of patience. Maybe keep a notepad with you so at times like this, you can use the time to be productive. You could answer some emails, check your calendar, or make tomorrow’s list. Choose to grow.

I like to keep a journal and write down things about my day. I notice things about myself that I otherwise would have overlooked or forgotten. But when I write them in my journal, I can reread my thoughts and continue to learn from my own experiences.

Of course you can read books, attend seminars, and hire a life coach. You can do anything that helps you to keep moving forward in your life.

Keep growing and learning. The alternative is staying the same.

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