One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. —Helen Keller
Reading this quote reminded me of a story I love to tell of the eagle and the chickens. You can read it here.
It also brought to mind my husband, José’s favourite book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The book, written by Richard Bach and published in 1970, tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is determined to fly higher and faster than any other seagull.
While most seagulls are content with scavenging for food and staying within the limits of their flock, Jonathan seeks to explore the possibilities of flight and push his own boundaries. Jonathan’s relentless pursuit of flight and his desire to push the limits of his abilities eventually lead him to be made an outcast by his flock, as they believe his behavior goes against their traditional seagull way of life. Undeterred, Jonathan continues to practice and refine his flying skills, learning new techniques and expanding his understanding of flight.
Throughout his journey, Jonathan meets other seagulls who share his passion for flight and are willing to learn from him. He becomes a mentor to them, passing on his knowledge and encouraging them to embrace their own potential.
The book is a philosophical allegory that emphasises the importance of self-discovery, the importance of following one’s dreams, challenging societal norms and striving for personal growth.
Personal Growth – An Impulse To Soar?
An impulse to soar – that’s what being committed to personal growth is all about. When we feel the urge to soar, it means we have a strong desire to reach new heights, explore our potential, and expand our horizons. Personal growth allows us to become the best version of ourselves and to realize our true potential.
These are some steps that we must take if we’re committed to our growth.
#1 Self Reflection
The impulse to soar often prompts us to reflect on our current circumstances, values, and aspirations. This reflection is a crucial part of personal growth as it helps us gain clarity about who we are, what we want, and where we want to go.
#2 Setting Goals
To soar and experience personal growth, we need to set ambitious goals that challenge us and push us beyond our comfort zones. These goals act as catalysts for growth and provide us with a sense of direction and purpose.
#3 Embracing Change and Taking Risks
Personal growth requires us to embrace change and step out of our comfort zones. It might involve taking risks, trying new things, and facing the fear of failure. By doing so, we learn valuable lessons, acquire new skills, and develop resilience.
#4 Continuous learning
Personal growth involve a commitment to continuous learning. Whether it’s through formal education, seeking new experiences, or engaging in self-study, the pursuit of knowledge and personal development is essential.
For me much of my personal growth has come from reading and writing.
#5 Overcoming challenges
By overcoming challenges and obstacle we develop strength, perseverance, and resilience. Each hurdle we overcome becomes a stepping stone toward greater heights.
#6 Celebrating achievements
Celebrating achievements along the way is an important part of personal growth. Recognizing and acknowledging our progress and accomplishments provides us with motivation and reinforces our commitment to growth.
Ultimately, the impulse to soar acts as a driving force for personal growth, while personal growth propels us forward on our journey of self-discovery and self-actualization.
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