9 Areas of Personal Growth That Can Change Your Life


Looking to rid yourself of old habits that are no longer serving you? Looking to add skills or abilities to your life?

Taking time to identify potential areas of personal growth can be a very helpful step toward becoming the person you truly want to be.

Below, we've listed out nine areas of your life that you might want to address.


1. Financial

This is the year to get your finances in order. What are you waiting for? There will never be the perfect time to start saving.

You have to start where you are and build from there. It'll be slow growing, so the key is to start early.

One of the best ways to begin growing financially is to create a budget. Budgeting is a fast track to getting your finances in order and paving the way to get you to your financial goals.

Whether that's paying off debt or being able to pay cash for a new home or car--or simply being able to go out to eat, guilt-free--you won't get anywhere if you don't know what you're able to spend.

One popular financial expert advises putting each section of your budget in envelopes in the form of cash each month. Then, you can spend only what you have in those envelopes and nothing more.

If you've already done this, then take another look at your budget and begin to tighten it up where you can.

Are you always over or under budget in some category? Take a look at that and make adjustments as needed.

Another important step in addition to budgeting is to begin a savings or investment plan. Maybe this is done through your job, or maybe you'll have to take the initiative yourself. Whatever the case, you'll be very glad you did it later.

If you already do this, consider rearranging your budget to contribute more to your saving than you currently do.

2. Social

Social growth can increase your confidence and self-respect.

Having quality friendships with people who truly care about you and your wellbeing is important. It's also important to have people in your life that you enjoy being around.

If you are looking for ways to expand your social circles, you can try things like joining a group or simply making a concentrated effort to be sociable and meet new people.

Talk to the people around you on your commute. Strike up a conversation at work or with your waiter. Soon, you'll find that you may have similar interests and would enjoy getting to know the people you encounter every day.

Forging a community and making connections with other people who are both similar to and different from you can help give you the motivation to get out of bed every day.

3. Physical

Physical growth is known to be important for all kinds of people. It'll keep you healthy and help you live longer.

Maybe you begin a new exercise regimen or try a workout or fitness class you've never attempted before. You might also want to pick up running or learn how to play a new sport.

No matter how you choose to do it, the idea is to get moving!

Your heart should be pumping and your body will release endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that help improve mind and body.

4. Intellectual

Intellectual growth is one of the most important areas of personal growth.

Knowledge is power, and making an effort to grow and expand your mind will make you a better human being overall.

You can prioritize intellectual growth through all kinds of activities.

Maybe you research a topic that interests you. Maybe you read books meant to inform rather than just entertain.

Whatever you do, make sure to be seeking out ways to improve your intellect rather than fill your mind with useless junk.

5. Communication

Communication is one of the areas of personal growth than many people neglect to tend to.

However, communication is one of the most important skills to have. It can make or break both your personal relationships and your career progress.

Being able to communicate and express yourself effectively is essential for your personal growth and development.

An even more exciting way to improve your communication skills is to learn a new language. This is not only good for your brain, it also provides you with an entirely new set of people you can talk to that you weren't able to communicate with before.

It will also teach you about a new culture and provide memory and vocabulary skills you didn't have before.

6. Emotional

Emotional health is important because it will have a major impact on how you feel about yourself and your life on a daily basis.

Increasing your understanding of emotions and how they work can really help you.

You must allow yourself to feel your emotions but not be controlled by them. No one can make you feel any certain way and you don't have to be a slave to your feelings. You are in charge of how you react to your body's natural emotional responses.

As you seek out personal growth in the realm of emotions, remember these things.

To experience true growth, try reading self-help books, talking to someone you trust, or working to weed out unhealthy patterns in your life.

7. Mental

Wondering how to seek out mental growth? The main goal is to do things that are good for your mind.

Spend time quieting down and meditating. Don't play on your phone in bed. Think through things calmly rather than just reacting.

Consider all points of view instead of insisting that you're always right. Try thinking through a problem or calculating things in your head rather than blindly turning to your smartphone for every answer.

You could even play memory or vocabulary games on your phone if you want to use your favorite device for a healthy purpose.

Whatever you choose to seek out mental health, spend less time on distractions and more time expanding and nurturing your brain and mind.

8. Spiritual

One of the areas of personal growth that many people forget to pay attention to is their spiritual growth.

What do you believe about the world? What do you have questions about? Why are we here, and where are we going? How should we live our lives?

All of these are valid questions you shouldn't go another day without exploring. They are some of life's most important, so don't put them off for another day.

Seek out a spiritual advisor to help you navigate the mysteries of life. 

9. Philanthropic

Do you give back?

Volunteering or donating money are two of the most common ways people opt to give back to those less fortunate than them.

Philanthropic growth benefits everyone all around. You will grow from the selfless act of sacrificing your time and energy simply to aid the well-being of another. The people you help will benefit from your care and assistance.

Being generous with your resources will make you a happier and more purpose-driven person.

Take the Next Step in All Areas of Personal Growth

If you're ready to expand all areas of personal growth, then sign up to take the next step.

If you want this to be your best year, all you have to do is decide that it will be. Make decisions that will move you toward that end. Seeking out areas of personal growth can be empowering and can help you become the person you want to be.

If you take the power into your own hands, there is no limit to how far you can develop yourself!