Exploring Your Personality for Personal Growth

Young woman looking in mirror.One piece of the puzzle in learning to control food cravings and overcome food addiction is getting to understand yourself better - your personality, your stress triggers, your ways of coping. From that understanding can come personal growth and improved self esteem. 

Sometimes it takes an understanding of our main personality traits - are you introverted or extraverted (preferring to be alone or with others), conscientious or lackadaisical, open or closed to new experiences, sensitive and nervous or confident and secure, friendly or unfriendly with other people?  We are all some combination along a continuum of these main five traits.

When you look even deeper, then you eventually find things about yourself that you may not be at ease with. It could be something about your physical appearance or your fear of making a fool of yourself in a professional setting or your life choices about your education or your job. Are you unable to make decisions, unable to trust yourself to know what to do? You can change things. You can always change things, even when it seems like it is awfully hard to do.

You may worry that you have nothing to offer other people - and you will be very wrong about that. Everyone has their unique contribution to the world to make in their private world or on the big public stage. Wherever and however it unfolds, it unfolds.

Just remember George Bailey in the classic movie, "It's A Wonderful Life." George runs into some big problems with his business and thinks about killing himself on Christmas Eve. He cries out that he wishes he had never been born. Then his guardian angel Clarence shows up and leads him through a world in which he had never existed. He sees how much of a difference that he had made in so many lives in ways that he had never appreciated or even recognized before. By the end, he desperately wants to live, to live his life, to the fullest extent he can.

At one point, Clarence says, "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

So it is for you and your life. But it really helps to get to know yourself better. It can help give you the strength to set positive goals for yourself, to change the habits that you really want to change, with the help and support of family, friends, and strangers who are out there, just waiting to become part of your support system, just as you can become part of theirs.

If you are ready to take a look at yourself for personal growth, check out this resource book and audiobook to get your own "Personality and Self Growth Plan." Today could be the first day of the rest of your life, as they say...

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