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The Quest for Growth

I've always been a pursuer of personal growth and self help. I spent most of my life unhappy but I was always doing something to try to change that. I've read book upon book about self help and how to change your life. I watched a lot of Oprah to find my AHA moments and make my life better. All of these things helped me along my path. All of these things helped to set me up for when I was finally ready and able to make major changes in my life. And when I finally took all the lessons and applied them, everything changed.

I had already realized that my view of the world was changing. I had an epiphany around New Years in 2017 when I was seeing how everyone was complaining on Facebook about how bad the past year had been. I thought it had been a pretty good year. Life was going well for me. Then I realized I did have some pretty crappy things happen to me but probably for the first time it wasn't what I thought of first. I thought of all the good in my life first when analyzing my year as a whole. I can't tell you the elation I felt when I realized I was finally looking at the positive before the negative. But there was more to come.

I was driving to work one day when I heard a song that really resonated with me. It was "A million dreams" from the Greatest Showman soundtrack. It really inspired me. It made me realize that although I loved my work and my life there was so much more I could do. I had untapped potential. Days later is when I started the blog which turned into this daily podcast. Which has keep me going for the last two years.

Inspiration can strike at the most unexpected moments. But as I started down this path to helping others discover their best life I found I had so much more to learn. I've discovered that no matter how much I think I know there is so much more information available. There are so many different roads to take on this path and only you can decide which is the best one for you. I learned that dreams can change and goals expand and anything is possible.

I used to be afraid to get into deep thought about my life. My past, present and even where I wanted to go moving forward. But it's only when you address these things that you start to open up your world to it's greatest potential. Look, I still hesitate to do this deep thinking. It's scary. It brings things up that you don't necessarily want to face. But if you don't they continue to wear away at you. And they likely are stopping you from being your best self. Getting quiet, looking inward, addressing old wounds....it's all uncomfortable. But here's the thing, greatness and convenience do no co-exist. If you want to be great you have to do the hard work. I say this as I have been mulling over a well overdue date with my journal to address issues with my mother and the job I lost two years ago. I keep saying I'm going to sit down and write all these feelings out but I keep putting it off because it's uncomfortable. But once I finally do it I'm sure I will feel the freedom I so desperately search for. Don't let your thoughts and feelings keep you prisoner. Let them out and wave goodbye.

This is why I am still on a quest to gather as much personal growth information as possible. This is why I'm always searching out new thought leaders and try to be open to new ideas. No way is the right way for everyone. The only way you can find 'your' way is to try different ways. And trust me, there are a million different ideas on how to live your best life. But you can find what works best for you.

Are you doing anything to further your own personal development journey? Remember, the goal is not to go through life but to grow through life. What is it you are looking for? The answers are out there and available for you. You just need to search for them.

Happy hump day! If you like this episode please share it on your social media, tell your friends or for goodness sake, leave me a review for the podcast. I will be most grateful! Now go out there and be badass today. I'm always here, cheering you on!

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