How do I know I am GROWING: The Feeling of Growth

In our pursuit of personal growth, it’s easy to fixate on the big milestones—acquiring wealth, attaining high positions, or gaining power. Each of which, is great, but in the beginning of the journey feel unattainable. For growth to start its journey, one has to feel it not only when those grand achievements arrive but more importantly in the subtle, everyday experiences that surround us. It’s in the small steps we take, the progress we make, and the lessons we learn along the way. In these small yet vital moments one feels growth. One tastes it and smells it. 

Feeling Confidence

Recall that moment when you mustered the courage to step forward and confidently shake hands with someone you admire. Initially, there may have been nervousness, but as you took that leap, a sense of self-assurance emerged. That surge of confidence is a clear indicator of personal growth. It signifies a belief in your abilities, a willingness to step outside your comfort zone, and a recognition of your own worth. Each time you embrace such moments with confidence, you reinforce your belief in yourself and unlock new opportunities for growth.

Belief in Knowledge and Intelligence

Reflect on the time when you added a quick comment to a question during a conversation with your teacher. That simple act was an expression of growth. It demonstrated a belief in your own knowledge and intelligence, a recognition that your thoughts and insights hold value. By engaging in such interactions and sharing your ideas, you contribute to the growth of your own intellect and the collective knowledge of those around you. This realization nurtures a growth mindset, encouraging you to continue seeking opportunities to expand your understanding and share your unique perspective with others.

Showing Resilience

Consider that interview which didn’t go as planned. Instead of berating yourself or dwelling on the outcome, you made a couple of notes for next time. This response exemplifies growth through resilience. Rather than succumbing to disappointment or self-doubt, you chose to learn from the experience and adapt for future opportunities. It is through setbacks and challenges that we build resilience, discovering our ability to bounce back, persevere, and learn from failure. Each time we embrace these experiences as opportunities for growth and improvement, we reinforce our resilience and cultivate a mindset that sees setbacks as stepping stones toward personal development.

Displaying Curiosity

Recall that day when you participated in a master class with an expert from Singapore. When an opportunity arose, you didn’t hesitate to jump into the live panel and pose a question. This display of curiosity exemplifies growth. It showcases a desire to expand your understanding, challenge existing notions, and engage in intellectual discourse. Embracing curiosity allows us to break free from the confines of our comfort zones, opening ourselves up to new perspectives and opportunities for growth. By nourishing our curiosity, we unlock the potential for continuous learning and development.

Being Open

Consider that day when, for the first time, you listened to your parents’ feedback without feeling defensive or dismissing it. This experience reflects growth through openness. It involves recognizing that feedback, even from loved ones, holds valuable insights and opportunities for personal improvement. Openness allows us to set aside our preconceived notions, biases, and resistance, enabling us to embrace diverse perspectives and learn from others. By fostering openness, we create an environment conducive to growth, where our relationships, communication, and self-awareness flourish.

Persisting in Discomfort 

Among every feeling that accompanies growth the one that nags you consistently is the feeling of discomfort. Remember how you often tell yourselves that what you are trying to achieve is way more difficult than how you had imagined it to be. Uncomfortable as it may be, that’s a feeling to cherish. It’s a sign that you are investing in meaningful growth. Growth that is outside of the comfort zone. Growth that will take you several levels up rather than a mere notch. 

Growth is a dynamic process that can be experienced and realized in various ways in our everyday lives. From moments of confidence, belief in our knowledge, resilience, curiosity, openness and nagging discomfort, each instance offers an opportunity for personal development and self-discovery. By recognizing and embracing these feelings and realizations, we can cultivate a growth mindset and unlock our potential for continuous growth and fulfillment.

These moments of Growth Experiences have a distinct taste that can be savored through learning and adaptability. The scent permeates through moments of gratitude across the community. Take a moment to pause and appreciate the progress you have made. Expressing gratitude for the opportunities, experiences, and lessons learned cultivates a sense of growth. Feel the richness of growth that has unfolded.

The Mentza Experience

Mentza is the community where not only people learn and grow with likeminded mentors and peers, but also experience these feelings of growth in every circle. An act of acknowledgement, appreciation and gratitude are common culture codes on Mentza, helping everyone experience and reinforce each others journey. if you are growth-minded and want to experience the feeling of growth every day of the week, Mentza is the place to be.

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