Some people take as long as 10, 30, 40 years to move on from their mental and physical baggage. Others have it much worse, taking as long as forever to move forward and stop living the past. This will not do if you truly want to move forward and grow as a person. Personal growth, after all, is not just a catchphrase that you can do in a snap of a second. It takes a process of acceptance and letting go, clearing your head and stopping yourself from holding on to the shadows of your past. Only then can you achieve true inner peace and balance. How? Here are a few methods.
1. Let go of the physical clutter.
Too often we hold on to our physical possessions, things that have a “meaning” to us and will leave us empty unless we own it. This can’t be truer now that materialism is pervasive in our culture.
What you need to do is stop being emotionally attached to these worldly possessions. Sure, you might need some of them, but you don’t need to have an intense emotional attachment to them, do you?
2. Hold on to your dreams and goals.
What you wanted to be when you were six years old might have changed over the years. Today, you might want the same thing, but you’re just as likely to have totally changed your mind. Here’s what you need to do: come up with a list of your dreams and aspirations. Now proceed to trimming them down, retaining only the ones that truly have a meaning and represent who you are.
3. Let go of expectations.
Are you living someone else’s dreams and expectations of you? It will not be worth it in the long run, as you will only end up getting disappointed and extremely unfulfilled. It’s about time: be true to yourself. You won’t be accused of being selfish for being so.
4. Put an end to your bad habits.
We’re all creatures of habits and, chances are that you are riddled with bad habits just like everyone else is. You can’t them altogether all at once—but you can start by cutting them one after the other. The road to success often means sacrificing the bad habits for the good.
These are just four ways to truly grow as a person: what other ways of letting go and moving forward can you think of?