We all aim for personal growth. Each day, we find ways to improve ourselves and continuously strive for improvement. It is not uncommon for us then, to experience disappointments and setbacks. Each time this happens, we have two choices: get up and try again, or wallow in misery. If you choose the first, then good for you; feeling sorry for yourself will not really get things done. There are other things that you should never do to yourself too. Here are some of them:
- Don’t think that you already know everything. Know-it-alls seldom learn new things; and there are always new things to learn. Therefore, know-it-alls DON’T know everything. Being close minded will make it very difficult for you to achieve personal growth. Not only that, this sort of attitude will turn –off potential mentors and friends.
- Giving up. We are all familiar with the success stories that start off with the person’s idea being rejected a thousand times. Different personalities, different products, different eras. The only thing they have in common is none of them gave up, no matter what. As they say, failing in something is a good way to become better at something.
- Don’t worry about what other people will think. They might react badly to change that you are imposing on yourself. But let it be. People who truly love you will eventually get over it and will support you. The rest? They don’t matter. Never let other people’s negativism rain on your parade.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Having unrealistic expectations from yourself is like self-flagellation. Always have realistic expectations. Know who you are and what you can do. Don’t use other people’s success to measure yours.
Success is a product of many failures. So do not be disappointed, nor give up, if things don’t go your way. Always remember to look at the brighter side of things, learn from the mistakes, and make sure that you don’t do them again.