The key to any successful change is to have a clearly defined outcome, fuelled by a strong enough reason to achieve that outcome.
Fear of change can be a debilitating condition, so to make any kind of change easier to achieve, you can enhance your natural adaptability and resilience by using the following tips to adopt a personal growth mindset:
1 Stop justifying everything
You do not need to justify everything that you do. Whenever you make a change there will be some people who will question the change or your motives behind the change. They will ask ‘Why have you changed’ or ‘Why did you do it’. Simply answer ‘because I want to!’
2 Engage new people
Seek out and have conversations with people, and groups, whom you might not have spent time with previously. Approach these conversations with an open mind and you will learn new things and have your own views challenged. This will help to freshen up your life and stimulate your creativity and sense of adventure.
3 Allow yourself to dream
Every new adventure, or achievement, begins with a dream. Allow yourself to dream. Do not place limitations on these dreams. Your dreams are part of your creative self. If you embrace them, you will identify new opportunities for growth. When you identify these opportunities, try them out.
4 Understand that your best will never be perfect
No matter what you do, there will always be opportunity for improvement. There are always opportunities to learn from your experiences and use the feedback to improve. Therefore, you can only ever do the best that you can at any given moment, with the knowledge and skill you possess at that time. When you understand and accept this, you realise that the judgements of others are irrelevant. You can take comfort that you did the best you could at that time and resolve to learn from the experience so that you may do even better next time.
5 Focus on the experience rather than the end result
There may be activities which you have avoided because you don’t feel that you would be any good at them. Ask yourself ‘Does it really matter if I am not very good at it?’ The answer is ‘No’. You don’t need to be good at it, if you enjoy it. Sometimes you are not looking for a record deal, a museum exhibition or a professional sports contract – you are simply looking for fun. If you focus on the experience rather than the end result, you will have a lot more fun and you might, unwittingly, find something which you are actually good at.
6 Try one new thing everyday
If you commit to trying one new thing every day, you will have tried 365 new things in one year. The chances of finding something you like, enjoy or are good at are much higher. More importantly, you will quickly develop a personal growth mindset where you see challenges rather than problems, and you are unafraid to try new things.