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7 Well Kept Secrets That’ll Help Accelerate Your Self-Growth

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Well, you know what they say…success starts with you. It’s shocking how many people chase success, happiness and money without working on themselves. They’ll be working their ass’ off to succeed in their career, but let themselves gain enormous amounts of weight, or stop learning awesome skills just because their job doesn’t directly require them.

You know what I mean, don’t you? If success does indeed start with you, then we should probably all be focusing on self-growth first before anything else. Like the old saying goes; you can’t go putting the cart before the horse.

Here are 7 well kept secrets that’ll help accelerate your self-growth:

1. It’s Okay to Be Stubborn, Sometimes

Most would regard stubbornness as a bad thing. It means that someone doesn’t want to listen to what you want to say, they don’t take your opinion into account, and they always believe they’re right, even when they’re not.

In that sense, stubbornness can often be a very bad thing. Especially in the eyes of those who are on the receiving end of it. However, let’s flip this for a second.

In a world where people are constantly putting you down, saying that your dreams and goals are unreachable, and trying to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do, maybe they’re also being stubborn.And maybe you need to be stubborn to say; “No. I will follow my dreams. I believe they’re possible. This is what I want, and I’m going after it.”

2. People Have Already Left a Trail for You to Follow

Self-growth isn’t hard once you realize just how many people have managed to dramatically improve themselves. What’s more, is that they’re likely to leave a trail of information and advice that you can easily follow.

Whether it’s studying them in person, asking them questions, watching videos they’ve recorded… you name it. If you ever want to better yourself at any given skill, look at somebody who’s already become a professional at it. There’s a lot to be learned from them, and you don’t have to figure it out all on your own.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Tomorrow is Never Promised to Anyone

The saying above tends to push people to move faster than they’ve ever moved before. Knowing that there might not be a tomorrow, is a huge driving force for most people who are often leaving things until the next day.

Success loves speed. When you treat every day like it could potentially be your last, you’ll be moving at speeds most will never be able to match. Which brings me to the question…What are you putting off until tomorrow?

4. You Can’t Be Great at Everything, But You Can Be Phenomenal at a Few Select Things

You know what’s the one thing that hinders people’s growth more than anything? Trying to be great at everything. Every single thing. When you do this, you split your focus evenly across every skill or aspect of life you’re trying to be great at.

And if you’re splitting your focus across 100 different things, that’s 1% of your energy being devoted to each individual skill. You can’t become great by putting in 1%. Don’t get upset if there’s certain things you can’t become great at. Just pick several select things that’ll contribute to your overall wealth, health, love and happiness. Those are the 4 cornerstones of life.

5. Time Can Never Be Bought Back

I always say that time is the most important thing we have in life, and yet it’s always the thing people take advantage of the least. You won’t ever get your time back, so you must be very careful as to what you’re exchanging your time for.

Do you spend it complaining, worrying, doing things you hate? How do you spend your time, and is it being spent to the best of your ability.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― Mother Teresa

6. Knowledge is Everywhere, Action is What’s Lacking

Google believes there’s a total of almost 130,000,000 books ever written. So let’s say that the average number of pages in a book is 250, and the average number of words per page is also 250. Both reasonable averages.

That’s 62,500 words per book, and that’s 8.125 trillion words in total. If you’re honestly saying that the answers you’re seeking for self-growth aren’t covered in those 8 trillion words anywhere, then you should probably do the math again.

The knowledge already exists, but it’s the action that people don’t often take. If knowledge was the whole equation, it would be incredibly easy for us to become the best version of ourselves, because it already exists. What you need is action. Action to take those steps.

7. You Don’t Have to Force Yourself Forever, Just Until It Becomes Habit

Most people hate the thought of adopting new habits, because they believe they’ll have to have the willpower to do these things for the rest of their life!

It only takes 66 days of hard work and willpower to make something a habit. After that, it becomes natural, and enjoyable; like second nature! The 66 days it takes to form a habit used to be regarded as 21 days, but that’s just not cutting it anymore.

It saddens me to see people who have reached the top of the ladder in their careers, but that’s all they know. They’ve thrown their health, personal life, hobbies and other skills out the window.

What’s stopping you from accelerating your self-growth? Leave a comment below!

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla, a self-improvement site that’s reached over 1.5 million people worldwide. Dan helps others transform their mindset and live the life they want to live. Not the one they’re told to. To see just how powerful a strong mindset can be in changing your life, download his FREE eBook.

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

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There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

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