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Friday, October 2, 2009

Personal Evolution: The Growth of Self

I once remember reading a quote on a poster. It said something to the effect of "If you are still the same man at 40 that you were at 20......what have you done?" Correct my diminishing memory, but I believe this was quoted by none other than the great Mohammed Ali. For a man who has taken so many punishing blows to the head, he sure had a few wise words left for the rest of us.

Personal change and development is almost inevitable for most of us, but unfortunately not for all of us. This is something that many strive for, however, some just seem to hang on to childhood years or adolescent behaviors with no transformation in sight. They are so stuck on trivial things that happened to them that they can not progress forward into newer and brighter days. They are forever 13, 23 or 33. The clock just stopped ticking....and ultimately, it was by their own doing.

The growth of self is a process of concious self-assessment. It is a methodical assessment of ourselves and our behaviors as well as the behaviors of those who we surround ourselves with. It is an assessment of our world, our environment, and a desire to adapt and grow. It is a realization that some things are beyond our liking or our control......but, so what! That's life.

Do not let anything or anyone stand in the way of your personal growth or evolution. Those who are remaining emotionally stagnant will try to pull you down to former times in the most creative of ways, but it is up to you to resist. How bad do you want to move forward? Where do you envision yourself heading before your days are done? Will you let anything or anyone stop you? I sure hope not. There is much too much at stake. The risks far outweigh the rewards. So....onward and upward as they say! Evolve. Take care everyone!

See you next time!!!


  1. I really liked this post! I used to get annoyed when people told me I changed (with a look of disdain at times) but now when they tell me that, I take it as a positive. It's good I've changed because I do not want to be the person I was 10 years ago. Change definitely equates to growth for me. I wonder though --- why is it that some people still live in the past? Change is scary...but sometimes we have to do scary things :)

  2. Embrace yourself and the changes you have made. Change is healthy....stagnation is not. And yes, change is scary. That is probably the biggest reason why people live in the past. They are forced to face themselves. There is also some subconcious realization that they must become truly accountable for what they have said and done as well as what they will say and do in the future. Not easy..... Thanks again for the intelligent contribution PsychBabbler!