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Personal growth: The natural speed of self-actualization July 20, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal growth.
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Despite our human inclination to want speedy results in all that we do, the pace of personal development is slow and gradual – if it is to be meaningful and lasting.

Improving ourselves – whether it is spiritually, intellectually, or emotionally – is an evolutionary process, not a revolutionary one.

Self-improvement is not an exam that we can cram for, not a hundred yard dash, and not a box we can check-off with minimal effort.

Personal development results achieved very quickly are usually likely to be superficial and not long-lasting.

We can make a quick decision that we are going to improve ourselves in various aspects but the path to success is winding and not short, with both ups and downs.
As Dr. William B. Terhune observes:

“Patience pays big dividends. Patience is the ability to wait until events run their course, knowing that if you do, your opportunity will come; luck will turn your way. Success is largely a matter of being able to await the opportunity patiently, and then seizing it avidly.” (1)

(1) William B. Terhune, M.D., in his book Emotional Problems and What You Can Do About Them

— Dennis Mellersh