The Growth Cycle. I love it and despise it.
For example initially when I begin something new, whether it be stopping bad habits, developing a new mindset, making healthier decisions etc. I am excited about growing.
Like a lot of us, initially, I am excited about change when I decide to change. I am better for a while. And then I hate to say it, when I'm not at the beginning any more, everything seems worse when I am changing. I actually would begin to feel more cynical than ever. Numerous reasons why this happens to us. My results weren’t how I expected them to be. It’s not like how I thought it would be. Or the thought of why don’t others notice my changes like I do?
The truth is in this period of time, this cynical time in the process is all part of the Growth Cycle. If you have ever experienced this it’s NORMAL.
Many of us go through a "honeymoon" phase in early growth. Our old habits may feel miraculously lifted. Change feels easy, and hope replaces despair.
Then, life feels difficult again. We want things to be easy and fun. We may perceive ourselves as having gotten worse, but that's not accurate. What's really happening is that, though our behaviors seemed to have changed, we still have our old problems, habits, and states of mind. We may be getting through the day, showing up for our work responsibilities, doing our workouts, etc but not having much fun. We may wonder if what we've heard is really true -- that "our worst day in the growth process is better than our best day of our old bad habits." We may wonder whether this new path we have chosen really is the answer.
Our doubt makes clear to us that we have to do something. Staying where we are is too uncomfortable. It’s easy to take the EASY path because shit it’s EASY. For growth it’s about continuing to Decide to ACT vs depending on feelings. Remind yourself I know my life will be better because of it. It’s about familiarize ourselves with our next step we have to act on. For spirits in need of growing, Laying out your vision, your reasons why, and then action steps that lead to the next stage in growth and becoming the person you were intended to become. #personalgrowth #qoutes #life