Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.-Oprah

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I recently did a survey asking women over 50 who were on my email list or Facebook page to rate what was most important to them.

There were 83 responses  and the three top things that they listed in order of importance was personal growth, health and wellness and business and career.

So I wanted to do a deeper dive and explore what personal growth meant to these women and just as I had imagined, it meant something different to each of them. Here is a sampling of what they said:

  • being comfortable with who I am
  • keeping a promise to myself
  • being able to activate those dreams I pushed aside
  • learning to be the best me without caring what others think
  • defying ageism by not worrying about what society dictates for me as a middle aged woman
  • becoming more aware of my inner voice that shows me my best path
  • making the most of each moment-not dwelling on the past or future
  • my “kick in the butt” to keep trying and learning new things
  • facing my fears head on
  • being able to look back at myself in history and not recognize myself
  • realizing that what used to be important is not now-what was not important now is
  • the ability to be in two places at once in my mind-satisfaction with my accomplishments and the willingness and courage to risk what I have got to move forward
  • making choices that will stretch me to be the best version of myself
  • making choices that are congruent with my core values and vision
  • letting go of stuff including relationships that no longer bring joy to my life
  • starts with my own great attitude-accepting the challenges within myself and overcoming them and learning from them
  • identifying areas that I would like to improve in my life and taking action to meet my goals

I loved all of these responses and the way that each one was very personal. Creating our life by design is an inner game journey. It is all about how we see the world and create our own opportunities. It is living in a way that honors our core values so that we are in alignment with our true spiritual essence.

Personal growth is stretching what we think is possible for us and often requires a leap of faith-faith in ourselves.

We are all creative, resourceful and whole. It is our limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from our innate magnificence.

Unfortunately many people don’t start this journey until something happens that causes them enough pain to motivate them.

What does personal growth mean to you? I would love to hear your comments below.

Cheers to you and your journey!


P.S. If you feel stuck and want to learn more about how you can feel empowered to create your life and/or business your way, let’s set up a discovery session to see if coaching is right for you. Email me at marianne@mariannecherico.com to set up a time.