Life is full of uncertainties. Despite our own efforts to control our environment and to establish a sense of order in the universe, chaos can still arise. Even random events from natural calamities to economic crises can ruin a person’s plans.
How can you find a sense of meaning and purpose in such a flux? The answer is personal growth and development. At the end of the day, all that you can really control is yourself. If we choose to grow and develop, we can claim small victories for the positive changes we achieve. Here are some endeavors that can help you improve as a person and provide you with a deep sense of fulfillment and purpose:
1. Develop Your Physical Health
Personal growth and development involves a conscious effort to improve your physical health. Positive changes in your body can enable you to participate in more activities where you excel. Furthermore, having a healthy body can also make you more physically attractive. Yes, inner beauty is more important than superficial beauty. But that’s not an excuse to completely disregard your physical appearance. You can develop your physical health by exercising regularly and by eating the right food.
2. Improve Your Financial Status
Money makes the world go round. As much as you might hate hearing that maxim, there is some truth to that statement. Personal growth and development should involve financial progress. Positive changes in your financial status can and will provide you with fulfillment as long as you can see money as a tool for progress and not an end in itself. Having more financial freedom enables you to impact the lives of people in need. You can help fund medical researchers to find cures, you can create a scholarship foundation and you can even help victims of natural disasters. A life dedicated to changing people’s lives for the better is the very definition of a meaningful existence.
3. Learn More About the Universe
Wealth can be stolen. Beauty can fade. Honor can be lost. Only wisdom can withstand the test of time. One clear sign of personal growth and development is gaining knowledge. Positive changes in a person’s reading habits and enthusiasm for study can increase the quality of a person’s life. Learning something new allows you to appreciate the wonders and mysteries of the world even more.
4. Learn a New Skill
The only thing more fascinating than someone who knows a lot of things is someone who can do a lot of things. The ability to tap-dance, do magic tricks, or juggle may seem like trivial endeavors, but these little tricks provide joy and entertainment to people. Learning how to amuse other person or cheer up a gloomy friend is definitely a change in the right direction. Positive changes don’t have to be serious to matter. Living for the joy of others is certainly a life of purpose.
5. Mentor Someone
Educators often talk about how fulfilling it is to be able to share their knowledge and improve a younger person’s understanding of the world. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an educator to be a mentor. You can volunteer to be a little league coach. You can teach your nephew how to play chess. Or you can teach an orphan how to read. Mentoring someone will accelerate your personal growth and development. Not only will it sharpen the skills you already have, it will also teach you empathy and compassion.
Make the most out of your life because you only have one. Make positive changes in your personal growth and development, because only through this process can your truly create meaning and purpose in a life that’s full of uncertainties. Life is transient, but if we do our best, we can create legacies and memories that will live on long after we are gone.