How to Try Something New for Personal Growth

The little frog thinks he's just as good as the big one!
The little frog thinks he's just as good as the big one! | Source

Something new for Personal Growth will certainly beat doing something old...personal growth is a form of self-improvement. Honestly, everyone needs some self-improvement. Have you seen the ties some men pick out, no doubt some self-improvement needed there. Oh, and the lipstick on that woman. Hmm, this is taking us down the road of personal growth...belittling others or their decisions is certainly not a behavior meant to be emulated...time to sit back and take stock of this personality!

The first step towards personal growth is personal honesty. Stop and take a look at yourself, not in the mirror, but in your soul, your true person. What are you really like? Are you like the person described in the first paragraph? I hope not, but if you are, that might be an area to concentrate on for your personal growth. Of course you have to accept who you are to a certain degree but there is so much you can change if you want to. Really assess your personality.

I was determined to build a walkway though I'd never done it before.
I was determined to build a walkway though I'd never done it before. | Source
My partially finished walkway...I did finish it.
My partially finished walkway...I did finish it. | Source

Every day we face situations that force us to make some adjustment to our personality. Some good, some bad. Trying to use these situations not only to our advantage but to our betterment is certainly a way to start on the trail of personal growth. Do you really know yourself? Are you a person who lives by rules and order or do you prefer to be a free spirit and let things fall where they may? Are you a natural leader? Do you hold a grudge? Do other people think you're cold? These are just a few of the questions you might want to ask yourself to find out exactly where you are and what parts of your personality may need adjustment to help you grow personally.

Euripides said, "Leave no stone unturned." This would be a good time to take heed of that statement. Trying something new is always intimidating but if you're the only one who knows you're doing it, it should be less so. You don't need to announce to the world that you're trying something new today!

As we age, our lives change and so should our behaviors and the things we do. Unknowingly we are trying something new that affects our personal growth. For example, when you were fifteen were you interested in what other people were wearing? The answer to that is most likely yes. When you're over fifty, you become more independent and tend to dress in what looks good on you even if its not what other people are wearing.

When you were twenty you may have gone mountain climbing and though you might still be doing it at fifty chances are its not a good thing to start doing at fifty.

Personal Growth

For something new try:

  • Creating a plan
  • Evaluate where you are and where you want to be
  • Decide if you need change or motivation in your life
  • Implement the plan
  • Follow through mentally and physically
  • Periodically re-evaluate your plan


Okay, you're beginning to see the background here, but what new thing will you try to help with your personal growth? How about alone time. All alone time. Not reading or writing or watching TV, but time alone to think and maybe meditate. Go for a walk in the woods and think about who you are and where you are in your life....maybe even think about where you should be going. Or maybe just sit in a chair, anywhere you can be alone with your thoughts.

What about a new language? Maybe you've always wanted to learn how to speak Spanish. Something new....personal growth....go for it! Learn that new language. Get Rosetta Stone and teach yourself, or enroll in a night class. How about that exercise program you were always promising to start? Again, it doesn't have to be at a gym, it can be in your own living room....you could even get a Wii and really enjoy the exercise by dancing!

If its a relationship you need to improve and you can't do it yourself don't be afraid to seek counseling. With or without counseling make sure you have friends you can count on, friends who are forward thinking and honest, who can support you when you need support.


Contentment!
Contentment! | Source

For any growth to take place you must be motivated to make it work. You must also be at peace with yourself, be content with who you are and where you're going. But don't stop there. Continue your honesty policy and evaluate yourself. Don't be afraid to change some of your initial plan if it's not working for you. That's the benefit of not being afraid to try something new.

If you've never had a routine before, starting a routine might just be the thing you need. If you've never felt content in your life it may be time to learn to accept the things you can't change. Learn something that helps you release your tension.

This just may be the time to start something new to help you with your personal growth.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm all about personal growth and I'm in love with this hub! What a great way to end my day. Great message, Mary!


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

I like your reasoning and presentation in this work. Thank you for sharing this fine and hope filled message,tillsontitan, and well received. whonu


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Only to happy to help a friend ;) Thanks Bill.

Whonunuwho, I'm glad you enjoyed!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Mary this is excellent advice. Boy, I admire your determination on that walkway there. It looks amazing, and I know how much hard work went into that project ----backbreaking!

Very thought-provoking piece. Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Mary, I thought the photos of you and your walkway were perfect complements to this wonderful personal growth article. Thanks for sharing...and inspiring!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Beautiful message Mary and so very true about personal growth. Thanks seriously for writing this one and for a bit inspiration!!


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Jackwms 4 years ago

The message is beautiful and inspiring. I certainly appreciate the work that goes into laying tile and rock work as I've done a bit myself, probably more amateurish than yours. The photos are great.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

"Eat, drink and be happy," said Greek philosopher Epicurus. When we are happy, we can make our world happy. We need to grow so that the world around us grows. Thanks for sharing your perspective on life.


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

THE SPARKLE OF LIFE By BERNARD LEVINE

Bring more joy into your life

Take time for yourself to do the things you love

Experience the joy of making something beautiful

Follow your dreams.

If your heart is longing to live life for what is true and real

If you would like to feel a deep inner fulfillment with absolute truth within

The quality of a richer life is in the stillness of your soul.

Open your heart to the sounds of nature’s music

Be grateful for all the good in life

Make someone feel especially loved today

Feel the holiness of God.

Connect with what is truly important in this life

Let your heart draw its strength and joy from God

Like a tiny seed it bids the response of your whole heart

to receive you, complete you and give you purpose and meaning.

Create a new life for yourself

Walk with gratitude

Become a network of love and restore your life wholly

Live in harmony with the universe

With God all things are possible

Cherish your life.

©Bernard Levine


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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very inspirational hub for self improvement.

I do believe and have experienced myself, that as we age, our thought process also changes---it becomes more mature, meaningful and positive.

The walkway you have done is amazing.

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Great hub and one many should read. I am always excited about learning or doing something new. I also realize mostly that I am just far more cautious about things. I could never learn to fly today or ski down treacherous mountains. But I love to paint and am working with new mediums. I think writing on hubpages opens many doors for us...Writing and reading new things everyday. Thanks for a great and thought provoking hub. Voting up and sharing on facebook.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Faith, I look back now and wonder "what was I thinking"? It was something I wanted to do so I did it(walkway)! Glad my hub met the mark, I wanted it to be thought provoking. Thank you and God Bless.

Hawaii, thanks for reading and finding my hub inspiring!

Janine, thank you too. I'm sure you could've done the same.

Thanks Jack. When I started that walkway I didn't realize how involved it was going to be, but I was sure proud when it was done!

Vinaya, your comment adds much to my hub, thank you.

You, Sunkentreasure, always add such beauty in your 'poemed' comments. God Bless.

ChitrangadaSharan, I agree with you...obviously...we change and our thinking changes as we age. Happy you found this interesting.

Carol it is always intimidating to try new things but you are doing that by using new mediums and writing. Your courage and spirit shows through in your writing! Thanks for the vote and share.


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Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

As I approach my mid-forties I agree with this entire hub of inspiration. I have been looking within myself a lot lately because I heard that is the only place change comes from. Nice hub.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Well put Steve! "Change from within!"


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

There's no growth without a little pain....and unfortunately, most of us don't really want to experience the pain! Thanks for sharing these lovely thoughts here. I will share them as well!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Michelle...so wise for one so young! Sometimes we need to look that pain square in the face and it isn't easy. I appreciate the share.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Our lives are enriched when we realize that our personal growth can continue all of our lives. Thanks for the encouragement! Motivation for growth is definitely a most important factor!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Great Hub with some good advice. I am always trying new and different things. I like challenges. I admire you for building that walkway.... a lot of gals would not have even attempted to do that.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Awesome and voted up! I think personal growth is really important, hence why I started writing for hubpages! Nice pathway by the way! Great affirming hub.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I think as we grow our realization grows Stephanie! We can all use motivation!

Mary, after reading about all you do it is an honor to have you think I did good ;)

Thanks Glimmer. You made an excellent point....guess that's what hub pages does for me too!


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Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

Such important advice and I like the photos. Good job! I am an ongoing student of Spanish. I speak it very well, but there's no end to mastery. As we age, learning new stuff is important to the brain, too. Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I took Latin and French in high school Louisa, but you kinda just do it because you have to ... I remember smatterings of French but would love to take Spanish now!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til.....I had a wonderful time reading this hub....focusing on the questions and giving serious thought to my answers! I had no idea you were going to make me THINK, today. Whew!, I'm exhausted. LOL

Some days I follow rules (MY rules) ..other days I let things fall where they may. I am a natural leader and Yes, I hold grudges....depending on WHO it is and what the "crime" was. Surprised by that? Ha! So were THEY! lol............

I do know myself....completely. Don't know of anyone who really KNOWS me, who would think I'm "cold"..(except of course, for the ones I hold grudges against).....I'm pretty much the opposite of cold....as in, a sucker for a sob story.

Never climbed a mountain and btw, never will, I have a crippling fear of heights. But I'll WALK with you.

I LOVE alone time.

I am very much at peace with who I am....and hmmmm... lets' see......

BINGO! Ya got me, Til......I need a ROUTINE! First thing tomorrow morning, I'll begin. Will let you know how it works out! AWESOME job on the walkway. You rock. (no pun intended)

This was fun. Thanks!............UP++++


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Oh my dear, dear Effer! You are a complicated ......(fill in the blank)! You'd walk with anyone, good hearted sucker that you are. You should be at peace with who you are because you are a great person!!! Now as for the routine part, I think we may have to call in the troops for that one.

Love ya! You're welcome.


Tina Truelove 4 years ago

Hi tillsontitan! Nice job. I especially like your shaded outline of six points of personal growth.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Tina....always good to throw something extra in!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Mary. This is great guidance for each of us. Every day brings a new chance to be different if we are not happy with the way things are. Loved your example in the first paragraph. Good reading for personal enrichment! Thank you for this uplifting message.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Happy to make others happy Peg, and glad you found this uplifting!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This hub is very much like my hub, "What If You Had Never Tasted Chocolate?" Yours seems like it goes a little way beyond where mine goes and gives people ideas about how they could move forward on choosing what new thing to try or do. Good inspiration! I like it!

Voted you up, AUI, and will share! Think I'll add a link from mine to yours too!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I guess great minds think alike Au fait! Thanks for taking the time to read and of course for the votes and share. I think I'll add a link to yours as well.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is such a useful message, Mary! Thanks for inspiring us to take time to reflect on what we ought to do to better ourselves. Personal growth is a big motivating factor in doing better for ourselves and the society at large.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

By reflecting and growing in our own skin Rajan, we are able to see the world better. Thanks you for always reading and contributing to my hubs. You are appreciated.

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