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Personal growth: Evolving from intention to doing April 24, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development, Goal Setting and Realization.
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In our pursuit of improving ourselves through the principles of personal growth, we sometimes need to remind ourselves that achieving something we want requires more than good intentions and the study of principles.

It requires changing our mental approach and transmuting aspiration/intention into a concrete goal.

And, as we know, achieving a goal requires action – often a lot of action.

Especially if the goal involves significantly improving our personal status or well-being; or achieving a major lifetime objective.

In many ways, this is what the concept of personal development is all about – realizing our potential by using a programmed and action-oriented approach that converts desire into reality.

The ancient Chinese sage Confucius brings this to our attention with two suggestions:

“Don`t worry if you have no position: worry about making yourself worthy of one.”


“Don’t worry if you aren’t known and admired: devote yourself to a life that deserves admiration.” (1)

In other words, if we want to make a difference in our lives, we have to put in the work.

(1) Confucius, Analects, as translated and interpreted by David Hinton in his book, The Four Chinese Classics