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Navigating the Challenges of Self-Growth: 5 Intimidating Challenges You Must Conquer

Embracing the transformational path to personal development

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We often see self-growth heralded as this amazing thing that produces some magical transformation. 

But it’s not magic. It’s not immediate. And it’s different for everyone. 

Self-growth throws us hurdles and obstacles that we must overcome, while simultaneously unleashing emotions deep inside of us that we may have thought were resolved. 

If you’re in the process of self-growth and currently experiencing any of the following challenges, you are not alone.

5 Challenges of Self-Growth

The space in between 

On a self-growth journey, we inevitably reach a place where we realize that there is a gap between who we used to be and who we aspire to be. This is where we are becoming or transforming into a new version of ourselves. It can feel confusing and disorienting as things that once seemed to fit no longer make sense. 

Recognize that this in-between phase is temporary and embrace the discomfort, knowing that you will persevere. Even realizing you are in this place is a sign of progress. 

The identity crisis

To grow, we are shedding old layers of ourselves to make space for the new. We question our ideas, values, and beliefs and begin to take stock of what’s important in life. 

This can lead to questions about identity and figuring out what fits. Dig into your values. Dig into what’s important to you. Take time to reflect, journal, and practice gratitude as you shift your identity. 

Leaving people and places behind

As we change and grow, certain relationships, jobs, locations, and people may no longer be a part of the new version and vision. I heard someone say online the other day that we cannot truly move forward into our new reality if we still have one foot placed in the past.

The longer we hold on to things that no longer serve us, the more it prohibits us from reaching that next step on our path. Not everyone will understand what you’re going through and that’s okay. Not everyone is meant to be in your life forever and that’s also okay, though sometimes it’s hard. 

Not knowing what comes next

I’m a planner. I like to have goals, but I’m learning to embrace the here and now in this moment of uncertainty. This is where risk-taking comes into play. Not knowing can be scary and staying where you are can feel comfortable. But in order to experience the self-growth, it is necessary to explore new interests and experiences. 

Practice mindfulness to bring yourself back to the present moment. Even if we think we know what is going to happen in the future, we can’t be certain because so many variables are involved. 

Unlearning and relearning

A lot of people hold onto ideas and perspectives for a long time because that’s just how they always were. However, sometimes, it’s necessary to question existing habits and beliefs. 

It’s okay to hold a different viewpoint about something in the past and choose a new perspective moving forward. Habits and automatic thoughts are tough to break, but self-growth requires making those changes necessary for positive improvement. 

Continue on the path to learn and grow and be forgiving with yourself in spaces where you learn you can do better. Take it one step at a time. 

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