Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton was obsessed with the occult and the supernatural?
Newton had a deep interest in things that are beyond our real world. He lived in bigger boundaries.
And that is the secret to real personal growth!
Imagine a container that’s half-filled with water.
If I asked you to grow this container, what would you do?
Most probably, you will add more water into it, right?
Unfortunately, that is the mistake most people do in their attempts to grow personally and professionally.
You add more of the same things into your existing container. For example, you add more certificates in your field of work, you get a promotion, you change companies, you change jobs, etc. You think that changing the environment or trying new things in the same field is going to help you grow.
Truth is that growth is never about adding more of the same thing in the same container!
“Real growth would be much more uncomfortable. It would kill the pattern, and in its place would be an expansion of possibility.” – Jonathan Mead
Growth is all about expanding, stretching or breaking the limits of your comfort zone. You grow when you do something that you’ve never done before … something that will scare you, excite you and make you totally uncomfortable.
If I ask you to grow the container, you should bring another one with a bigger size!
Isn’t that what we can call real growth?
Real growth happens when you become more, when you stretch your mind, when you increase your capacity, when you learn new skills, etc.
Check out this list of 50 things everyone should know how to do. And start learning one new trick or skill after the other. That’s growth.
Here are four things I’ve recently done to trigger real personal growth:
For years, my reading was only focused on non-fiction books. I only read personal development and business books. Then one day, I decided to expand my horizon by reading a fiction book. That was an amazing decision. I was introduced to a fantastic writing style and a whole new world of imagination. I found that reading fiction opens a pathway into an experience of unbelievable depths and richness.
The first time I camped in the desert was a scary, yet so exciting experience. You can’t imagine how it felt having dinner around fire and watching foxes playing around you. By doing something new, scary and exciting for the first time, you’ll broaden your perspective and experience.
“Change of scenery will beget a change of thought” – Barbara J. Winter
I’m a big fan of traveling. I believe that it is the best life recharger of all time. You can solve all of your problems by traveling to a new place. You can grow ten times each time you travel. Read this article by Derek Earl Baron who has managed to travel/live/work abroad non-stop for 12 years straight and counting!
Becoming an Entrepreneur. That’s probably the biggest growth step I’ve ever taken. Moving from being a corporate prisoner to becoming a free soul is THE BIGGEST leap you can take in your life. You will experience an avalanche of growth everyday. Being an entrepreneur requires a whole new mindset, actions and habits. It leads to a total life transformation. Yes, it’s scary, but if you’ve a passion to pursue, it is definitely worth it and it’s ultra-fulfilling.
What can you do today to make the size of your container bigger (i.e. to kickstart real growth)?
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