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Stimulating Personal Growth for a Purposeful New Year

We’ve all heard the saying, “in this world, you’re either growing or you’re dying,” and while personal development comes naturally to some, for others it’s uncomfortable. Or, maybe we just struggle to make time for ourselves. Whatever the reason, here at Gild, we want to empower women to lead life with greater confidence and passion. So, to continue with this month’s theme, here are 10 ways you can stimulate personal growth:

Know Yourself:

Make sure you set aside time each day, week or month to reflect and understand what you want and where you want to go. 

Surround Yourself With People Who Build You Up:

Both in your personal and professional life, it’s important to surround yourself with people who hold you accountable to the goals you’ve set for yourself; however, make sure these people do so in a positive and empowering fashion. 

Practice Gratitude:

This can look a variety of ways; maybe it’s through a gratitude journal that you write in every night, or perhaps this means reaching out to people each day and letting them know you’re grateful for them. 


Avoid Comparison:

They say that comparison is the thief of joy, so instead of trying to validate your life by looking at others’, embrace your own personal journey.

Document Your Dreams:

Get in the habit of tracking your thoughts, ideas, and motivations; writing them down is a way to understand progress, which is why we have several workshops that incorporate journals or vision boards to help you document goals. 

Be Okay With Vulnerability:

As women, we’re constantly challenged to put on a brave face and/or shamed for having emotion, but there is power in sharing struggles; make sure to give yourself grace if you don’t reach your goals as soon as you’d hoped.


Put down your phone, unplug from the social media, and connect with real people; the media can be so negative and time consuming, so engage in meaningful conversation with those who challenge and push you to be the best version of yourself. 


Make Time For Things You Love:

We all have different hobbies -- yoga, cooking, hiking, traveling -- so whatever it is you enjoy doing, make time for it. 

Be Ambitious:

It’s easy to become complacent, but growth happens in the uncomfortable places, so be bold enough to take risks; maybe this means sharing your ideas in a board meeting, asking for a raise, moving to a new city, etc.  

Start Now:

The New Year is right around the corner, so what better time to start stimulating personal growth than right now?