“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” ―Abraham Maslow
Abram Maslow was an American psychologist who stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people. He was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health that starts with making sure your basic needs of shelter and safety are met and culminates in self-actualization.
Maslow believed in striving for personal growth and development, addressing one's fears, taking care to fulfill our needs and always striving for self-actualization. So often we are lulled into a false sense of complacency before arriving at that fully actualized state. Here are 3 tips to keep you moving in the direction of growth, away from complacency and "safety" and toward the best version of you that you can be.
1. Get out of your comfort zone:
Getting out of your comfort zone is… well, uncomfortable. It’s a lot easier to throw on sweats on a Friday at 5 and watch Westworld (again) than to engage in a 3 day seminar to stretch your boundaries. But what you get from stretching outside that comfort zone is far better. There’s a rule in physics, inertia. Objects in motion stay in motion until acted upon by an equal or greater force… this is true of objects at rest as well. As adults it’s easy to stay at rest emotional-developmentally. It takes effort and motivation to find something of equal or greater force than sweatpants and Westworld.
2. Examine your patterns
The mind is a tricky beast and we can talk ourselves out of and around the need for self-reflection. There are things you are doing that do not serve you. This is true for almost everyone, perhaps not Ghandi, Mandela or Mother Teresa, but for most of us there are habits and oversights, self limiting beliefs and negative talk-tracks that we could address to improve our relationships with ourselves, our families and our co-workers.
3. Invest in yourself
By investing in your personal growth you set yourself apart from people who are just coasting along. You learn about yourself, meet people who are motivated to shift their perspective as well and gain a new and refreshed perspective. Being an influencer in your sphere starts with being willing to try new things and be the pioneer of the next step in your own development. You will gain greater inner calm, self-confidence, accountability and joy.
Don’t let inertia win. Choose growth, challenge, change and expansion.
Possibilities seminars are 3 days of intensive personal growth work designed to challenge your comfort zone, address your self-limiting beliefs and empower you with a new perspective.
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