Personal development takes time – be realistic, don’t rush and enjoy the journey!

Personal development takes time – be realistic, don’t rush and enjoy the journey!

It won't surprise many, or any of you to read that here at The Happiness Institute we spend much of our time helping people create better lives with (among other things) more happiness. 

For most, if not all, that requires change…and personal development…and personal growth. 

Which is why I loved this article just posted by The Pacific Institute (HERE) encouraing those trying to create more happiness and better lives to…take their time. 

Some things can't be rushed. 

If you think this is relevant to your pursuit of happiness then keep on reading below…

Do you ever feel discouraged because your work on personal growth isn't going as quickly as you would like? Let's spend a little time on this today.

Many people are interested in doing all they can to develop strong and positive self-esteem, and that is a very good thing. But sometimes, there is a tendency for folks who have just started the process of deliberate personal growth to take themselves a bit too seriously.

They may find themselves going abruptly from relative non-awareness to total and complete introspection. They hold a magnifying glass up to every thought, feeling, act and relationship.

Perhaps these folks need to relax and take it easy. Take the changes a step at a time, a day at a time. Developing high self-esteem is a gradual process, so you don't need to pressure yourself to get there all at once.

Great artists and craftsmen work steadily on their creations. They don't get frantic over completion. As the old saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day." Give yourself time and space to develop and rework your self-picture. In the meantime, relax and enjoy yourself. Get involved in activities you like and have fun.

If you are tempted to measure your progress, use a broad time range. See yourself today as compared to five or ten years ago, but always keep your eye on where you want to be. And remember the story of the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the race. As long as you work consistently, you will get there!

…read the original article HERE