Personal development is the most worthwhile investment you will ever make. Read that sentence again. No matter what, YOU are the most precious thing you’ll ever have in life. You are in your own company 24 hours a day from the moment you’re born until the moment you take your last breath. And that’s why investing in your growth is not just super important, it’s totally necessary.
The more you learn and grow now, the more you’re able to learn and grow in the future. When you invest in your growth, you simply keep getting better and better.
Science has confirmed that as humans we typically adopt one of two primary mindsets: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. The fixed mindset believes your unique talents and abilities are set in stone and can not be changed no matter how hard you try. A growth mindset, however, believes that, with a little effort, you can develop new skills and talents with a little training and effort.
Thanks to neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to form new connections), you can adopt a growth mindset at any time, and the cusp of a brand new year is as good a time as any to get started.
At The Head Plan we are encouraging you to make 2022 the year of twenty twenty YOU. Are you ready?
How To Invest In Yourself In 2022
Focus on healing
Is there an area in your life that feels unnecessarily difficult and try as you might you just can’t seem to make it work the way you want it to? Chances are there’s a limiting belief or an old wound lurking beneath the surface that’s preventing you from moving forward.
See, a major part of personal growth is looking honestly and unashamedly at the parts of you that need to be healed. You have to clear out the mental clutter to make way for what’s new. To get started, take some time to reflect – and we mean really reflect – on what’s not working.
Open The Head Plan Productivity & Wellness Journal and get it all out on paper. What fears are holding you back? What areas of your life feel harder than they need to be, and why might this be? What can you do to turn things around?
As Alan Cohen puts it, “Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information but of unlearning old habits.” When embarking on a journey of growth in 2022, make healing your starting point.
Read, read, read
Personal development books are like being handed the cheat codes to life. They contain a tonne of wisdom from people who have overcome the very thing you’re struggling with.
They might contain certain quotes that resonate with you or share a particular piece of advice that’s the very thing you needed to hear to reach your next level.
Not all personal development books are created equal and we thoroughly believe that sometimes a book finds you, instead of the other way around. That’s why, when choosing a book, we advise you to tap into your intuition and ask yourself: what do I feel called to read?
Remember: reading personal development books isn’t a passive experience. Make sure you’re absorbing all the good stuff, and if it helps, take some notes as you go. To keep up the habit, you might like to commit to reading 10 pages a day or set a goal of reading one book a month.
If you prefer to learn in other ways, consider what podcasts you could listen to, documentaries you could watch, and inspiring accounts you could follow. The way you think, feel and act is a result of the things you give your attention to, so in 2022 (and beyond) ensure you choose wisely.
Create rituals and routines
It could be listening to a personal development podcast on your walk to work or committing to writing a gratitude list each and every morning. Maybe you want to start repeating affirmations so you can work through some limiting beliefs or plan to meditate so your mind and body have the chance to be still.
Creating solid rituals and routines is a way to accelerate your personal growth in 2022: they are the small daily steps that add up to big results over time.
Not sure where to start? Ask yourself this: what fills my cup up to overflowing? Is it reading an inspiring chapter of a book first thing in the morning or writing motivational messages with your Mirror Markers? Maybe you just need a few minutes with your Head Plan Gratitude Journal to feel your very best self.
Research shows that having rituals like these in place helps us thrive during stressful times, and boosts our productivity, focus and organisation: the perfect ingredients for self-growth if you ask us.
If you struggle to stick with new routines, give this a try: introduce one habit at a time, for example writing a gratitude list. Once you’ve successfully completed that for a series of days, add in something else, like five minutes of meditation. Over time those habits will become so ingrained, you won’t want to go without them.
Here’s a question: how long have you been saying that you’ll sign up for that class, log in to watch a live or finally attend that personal development workshop that you know is certain to help you get to your next level?
Here’s our advice: Stop procrastinating. If your finger is hovering over the ‘Sign up’ button, try the five-second rule. Simply count down from five and enrol before the fear-based part of your brain jumps in and stops you.
There is a workshop out there that’s jam-packed with the answers to the very things you’re confused about. For many, you don’t even need to leave the house. Look at Instagram for lives and masterclasses, head to The Head Plan Community App to check out upcoming events, and keep your eyes peeled for classes hosted by your favourite personal development authors.
Happy twenty twenty You…
Imagine you have a crystal ball and cast your mind forward to December 31st 2022. When the clock turns midnight, where do you want to be? What do you want to have achieved and how do you want to feel?
There is no goal too big or too small that you can’t achieve in the 12 months that are to come. It all comes down to investing in your growth and remembering this one crucial piece of info: Our natural abilities are not set in stone. With a little self-investment, there’s no telling where you might go.