4 Things Holding You Back from Personal Growth


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT / Sunday, September 30th, 2018

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Personal growth encompasses many things – it is a lifelong journey, after all! Learning new skills and information, enhancing the quality of life and working towards goals and dreams are all aspects of personal growth.

While it may seem intimidating, personal growth is a part of our lives no matter what – we all have goals and dreams that we hope to accomplish someday, we all want to improve our quality of life and overall happiness, and we all know that it’s beneficial to continue learning and developing new skills.

So why can it seem so difficult to actually initiate that personal growth? Truthfully, there can be many reasons, and I’m laying them all out for you today. Once you’re able to pinpoint what exactly it is that is holding you back from personal growth, you’ll be able to crush that setback and start truly working on yourself!

4 Things Holding You Back From Personal Growth

4 Things Holding You Back from Personal Growth

1. You haven’t taken the time to think it through

The first step of improving ourselves is to think about what we hope to accomplish and what kind of person we want to become in the process.

Obviously, if we don’t take the time to think through this first step, we simply won’t get very far! Knowing what we want to accomplish and who we want to be is the driving factor of our personal growth stories – it’s what motivates us to continue learning and improving ourselves, and it’s what pushes us through when we feel like giving up.

The solution to this one is simple! Spend a bit of time reflecting on the following questions, which may guide you on your journey to personal growth:

– What areas of your life do you hope to improve? This could be your career, finances, health, relationships, hobbies… anything!

– Who is your biggest inspiration in life? What qualities make this person such a great role model to you, and how can you start building those qualities in yourself?

– What goal or dream would you LOVE to accomplish in the next 5 or 10 years? Lay out the steps of how you can get there!

2. You’re not sure what goals you want to achieve or you’ve given up on them

After you spend some time reflecting on the questions above, your long-term goals may become a bit clearer. Without that clarity, it’s difficult to see how to move forward and what steps to take next.

It may seem even more difficult if you’ve had failures or missteps in the past. Setting the same goal for ourselves month after month or year after year and never being able to accomplish it can feel defeating – but keep in mind that we’ve all been there!

If this is the case, take some time to think about what steps you’ve taken in the past to hit that goal. What worked and didn’t work? Develop a plan that you feel will truly set you up for success this time around!

Once you know what goals you want to achieve, creating the path to crush them is that much simpler! If you have a long-term goal in place, break it down into smaller steps you can take each month to get closer to it. Doing so will ensure that you’re really working towards that goal each month and it’ll give you instant gratification as you reach those mini-goals!

If you need a bit more help when it comes to setting and crushing your goals, you can download my free goal-setting guide here!

3. You don’t think you’re ready for change

If you’re struggling with the limiting belief that you’re not ready for change, then it’s time to overcome that mind block! Change can be a scary thing, but I’ve learned that it’s almost always a GREAT thing.

Reflect on what got you to the point of not feeling ready for change – past failures, toxic relationships, fear? No matter what may have gotten you here, just remember that it’s possible to overcome it.

It’s also important to accept the fact that personal growth is a lifelong journey, and something that we have to strive towards for the rest of our days! Rather than seeing that as a scary thing, see it as an incredible opportunity – we don’t need to be perfect right away because this growth is something we’re actively pursuing every single day.

Change is scary. But remaining exactly the same person as we are right now is scarier. Let’s break down whatever is holding us back and get started on this amazing journey!

4. You don’t have the resources to push you forward

Sometimes all we need is a little push in the right direction! Self-reflection and knowing where to start on the personal growth journey can be difficult, but with the right resources, it’s actually very simple.

Utilizing free resources like blogs and podcasts is a great place to start. Find some fantastic life coaches or bloggers that inspire you and follow them on social media! Many bloggers (myself included!) write about personal growth because it’s something they’ve struggled with in the past and have overcome those struggles. I’ve been where you are now, and I was able to create a life full of growth, so I know you can do the same!

There’s also an endless amount of books and courses out there that will inspire you to improve your life. Some of my favorite self-help authors include Gabrielle Bernstein, Jen Sincero, Rachel Hollis and Brené Brown.

Once you start utilizing these resources, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your mindset shifts. You’ll feel more inspired, grateful and READY to work towards improving yourself every single day! And there is nothing better than that!

Which of these struggles has been holding you back? Feel free to get in touch with me here if you want to talk through your personal growth journey!


A Guest Post by Kelly Potts from KaptivatingThoughts.com

You can also follow Kelly on Instagram @kaptivatingthoughts

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3 Replies to “4 Things Holding You Back from Personal Growth”

  1. I think that’s so true – when you’re not sure of your goals or they aren’t tangible, it’s so easy to just give up or not really dedicate yourself to them!

    I keep a goal-reminder in my journal so I see it at least once a month, that helps a lot!

    Great guestpost.

  2. I’ve always wanted to be able to play an instrument, but never managed to commit to it. I took the plunge and got a guitar in July, but of course I found all the excuses to not practice for more than a few days – we were moving, I didn’t have time, or I simply forgot about it.

    Knowing myself, I put it by my desk so I get a visual reminder of it, and also got a guitar course on Udemi that was on sale. I need structure and actual lessons instead of trying to find videos on YouTube, so I took the steps that were needed and now I can slowly work on it by taking the course on my own schedule. My goal is to be able to play on the beach next summer. 🙂

    1. I love that story! You obviously know yourself well enought to know you needed that visual reminder. Awesome job for sticking with it and having that end goal 🙂

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