3 Steps to Personal Growth

A beginner’s guide to personal growth. The process includes understanding your inner strengths, finding your weaknesses and working on fixing them to meet your ultimate goals.


3 Steps to Personal Growth


I turned 50 this year. That milestone was the perfect opportunity for me to take a long, hard look at myself. I knew I wanted to work on improving some things, and so I became committed to personal growth, in both mind and body.


Personal growth is the result of efforts to improve oneself intellectually, morally, and physically.


Those committed to personal growth often have better relationships with others and are generally happier people. This is something that I wanted, so I set out on the path to achieving my fullest potential. Since personal growth is an ongoing process, it was important to understand me so I could begin developing for the better.


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Learning the areas where we need improvement is the first step. After that, it will be much easier to begin adapting to change. Here is the 3-step process I will be discussing:


1. Identifying

2. Admitting

3. Aspirations




You must first identify an area you need improvement in. For example, this could be becoming more confident, doing less procrastinating, or perhaps letting go of the past. If you want to make a change, you must be completely honest with yourself. For me, I wanted to take the time to be a better friend. Between family and work, I never seemed to have enough time for my friendships. The fault was all mine. Friends had reached out many times, but I always had excuses.


To start the process for personal growth, ask yourself the following questions:


What are my inner strengths?

What are my weaknesses?

What are my aspirations?


Let’s take a closer look at just what these questions mean.


Inner Strengths

These include integrity of character, determination of will, and resistance to doubt. In other words, these are the traits that make you you.



These are qualities or features regarded as a fault, or the character traits that make you powerless, the things you want to improve upon.



These are your goals and are associated with your ambitions or heavy desire to achieve something.





You will need to embrace your strengths and begin to acknowledge and accept your weaknesses. By writing them down, you have admitted your weaknesses to yourself and can now begin accepting them – and more importantly, start making an effort to do something about them.


Once you are aware of how you see yourself, it’s time to learn how others see you. Ask a few people close to you what they feel your strengths and weaknesses are.


If their feedback matches yours, it will make it easier to begin improving upon those faults. If the feedback is different from yours, then you should compare the qualities you wrote down with those qualities offered to you. Go through each one and see which are relevant and which are not.


You will find a worksheet in my resource library to walk you through those questions.


3 Steps to Personal Growth Worksheet




Addressing is all about taking action. You may find this step tough because you’re weaknesses have been a part of who you are. You may be afraid to discard a certain trait for fear of losing a unique part of yourself. If that is the case, consider your aspirations and how badly you which to reach them. Keep in mind that reaching your goals is a work in progress and may never be realized if your weaknesses stand in your way.


If you want something, you have to work for it. This holds true with personal growth. Having the mentality of, “I will try my best,” doesn’t always work. When our efforts don’t pan out, we end up telling ourselves, “at least I tried.” But is trying good enough? Is trying going to help you reach your goals? Nope! 


I prefer, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”


If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies


You may be interested in my other self-help worksheets:

Growing Happiness

Family Strength Building

Finding Your Midlife Path




9 thoughts on “3 Steps to Personal Growth”

  1. This was very helpful and informative. I downloaded the worksheet because I definitely need to work on this!

  2. I love this. I found in my own life I was forced to embark on a journey that took me in to my own personal growth. I emerged from it the same person but slightly different. I was aware of my own thoughts, tolerance and what was missing within my self-esteem. This is great to think about my own growth and how I embodied these concepts.

    1. Working on ourselves is never easy. Starting on the journey is the hardest part but it sounds like you have had a lot of successful inner growth 🙂

    2. Working on ourselves is never easy. Starting on the journey is the hardest part but it sounds like you have had a lot of successful inner growth 🙂

  3. Loved how you approached personal growth with the worksheets and workbook that are
    downloadable. Very informative post!

  4. Alyssia

    Love that you incorporate the admitting piece into personal growth. It’s hard to make strides toward an outcome when you don’t find ways to admit where you’ve fallen short so that you can have the opportunity to improve them. Thanks for your insight.

    1. Thanks Alyssia, it’s harder to admit we have faults than it is to make the necessary changes 😉

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