Personal Growth

Erika Slater headshot photo 300x300Personal Growth is all about not standing still but growing and being all you can be. But it’s easy to get “lost” in our fast-paced world and the stress of just making it through each day, and the demands of others.

Self-improvement starts with a desire and belief you deserve everything in life you can get. It then requires commitment and focus to stay the course to achieve your goals. Yes, you are worth it! The journey is lifelong, but it should be rewarding and fun.

Personal growth means dedication to your goals and willingness to persevere through barriers and hardships, and the selection of materials you’ll find here cover insights into mental toughness and resilience, confidence and self-esteem, self-improvement, managing stress, accepting the power of your mind and much more.

Enjoy the articles.

How to Strengthen Your Resilience, Perseverance and Grit to Get Success in Your Life

By Erika Slater
Goethe quote about perseverance

When discussing success and achievement, often time you’ll hear words like resilience and perseverance used to describe qualities associated with, or necessary for, one to be successful in attaining goals. These may be business or life goals or both. In recent articles I’ve covered Goals and Getting Your Life Priorities Straight and the Importance of Resilience in Overcoming Life Challenges but today I wanted to discuss with you the need for Perseverance in the overall life equation for success, and especially how it relates to its twin sister of Resilience. Now people may get the terms resilience and perseverance confused as they’re usually paired together when discussing the ingredients for successful living especially for entrepreneurs. Even though they’re needed in the equation for success, they’re different, but go hand in hand. Most recently, the term Grit has entered the vocabulary. Read more here…

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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome – Proving You’re Not a Fraud

By Erika Slater
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Have you heard of an unique psychological concept referred to as ‘The Impostor Syndrome?’ It’s a concept that came out in the latter part of the last century which describes people who struggle with an inability to internalize their achievements and accomplishments because they possess a persistent concern of being exposed as a fraud. The interesting part of this phenomenon is these individuals are actually competent, or have received the adequate training in their specific area of expertise. Interestingly, even though they’ve the education, training and knowledge (they’re aware of it and others can reaffirm it), they still believe they’re actual frauds. Any success that comes their way they either thwart it, or choose to deflect it. Learn ways to overcome it here…

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Kick Starting your Personal Development and Self-Improvement Journey

By Erika Slater
Writing on blackboard saying if you change nothing - nothing will change

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Personal Development?’ Perhaps you view it as some cliché term or business concept. In the past its been used “ad nauseam” for anything labelled under ‘bettering’ oneself for personal growth, and also in the business world as companies hope to bring out the best in their employees. Regardless if its cliché or a business term the fact is most individuals need to work on their personal development to get out of their ruts, or entanglement of negative lifestyles. Whether you’re reading this because you’ve decided to embark on personal development for yourself, or gathering information on what to expect on the “road to success” my aim is to give you some pointers towards your possible next steps. Read more here…

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Get Your Life Priorities Straight – Busting the Purpose and Goals Myths

By Erika Slater
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Do you have the priorities in your life straight? Are you doing what you’re supposed to be doing, that is the important things you should be doing? Perhaps you’re wasting your thoughts, time and energy on pointless things that are robbing you of your productivity to do great things, or get the most out of your life. Too many people today are skipping to the tune of others’ expectations. Individuals are spending so much of their time sacrificing their dreams or goals for others, or to meet the needs of others, they neglect their own desires and core dreams. Are you someone who’s put aside your life priorities because someone set their own on you? First of all, this isn’t yet another self-improvement piece about finding your life’s purpose or setting your long-term goals to fulfill that purpose… and then you die. There’s plenty of books and courses out there that may help you do that if that’s what you need. If you’re looking for practical advice then read on…

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The Importance of Resilience in Overcoming Life Challenges: Ways to Make it Stronger in You

By Erika Slater
Solitary candle burning

People have their own measurement and therefore calibration of resilience. One person’s ceiling is another one’s floor. The fact is it’s a fragile thought this “resilience” thing. I can’t go into a pharmacy and pick up a bottle of resilience pills. It can’t be measured other than as an arbitrary interpretation of our own standards. Is it something you’re born with, or is it shaped by your parents and/or environment? Can you manufacture it at the gym or Yoga studio? Maybe a more important question for some of us should be “Can you lose it?” Find out here…

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Stop Time Travelling – Get off the Tardis Machine Now!

By Erika Slater
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No, I’m not asking you to stop watching Dr. Who hurtle through time with his Police Call Box model circa 1960s, also known as the “Tardis”. Or skip seeing the next Star Wars or Star Trek blockbuster movie! By the way, if you’re working on a machine that really does let you travel back in time then use my contact page to let me know. I have some plans for revenge I’d love to implement for some individuals with your help! Seriously, we all have regrets about the past and worries about the future. But it’s futile. Here’s where you should be instead…

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How to Stay Calm with a Person Who Triggers Anger in You

By Erika Slater
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Is there someone in your life you live with, or you know, that just seems to bring out the worst in you? Your day seems to be going perfectly, you’re feeling happy and positive, carefree, but then see them coming down the aisle heading your way, or their number pops up on your phone, and your heart sinks. You have to make the split-second decision of “fight or flight.” You know any interaction with them is going to press your anger buttons and lead to nothing good! Almost everyone has had this type of experience in their lives. There are certain individuals who can infuriate us beyond belief and we wish we could just remain calm and not let them wreck our days. Does this sound familiar? Read on to find out what to do about it…

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Mind the Gap – Moving to the Right Side of Your Potential Gap

By Erika Slater
Mind the Gap sign over London underground map

We all have unrealized dreams. Maybe we’ve had them since childhood or they’ve grown on us since adulthood, or we were touched by somebody we wanted to emanate. It can be a career or wealth, or a role we want to play in our community. It doesn’t matter because the effect is the same… a gap. We each have a large potential. It could be physical – such as the athletic kind – or it could be some other level of success such as being an entrepreneur, or being a loving spouse and parent. You’re on the path heading in the right direction but you just can’t seem to bridge… the gap to your potential. We know what we want to become, and see other’s achieving it but we can’t seem to figure out how to bridge the gap for ourselves. We’re left on the wrong side of the gap. We mostly know what we need to do but can’t seem to consistently follow through and take action, or when we do it just doesn’t move us forward. We continually flounder on the wrong side of our potential.

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How to Be Your Ideal Self – Overcoming Challenges to a Better You

By Erika Slater
Who Are You hand written lettering using marker

Are you familiar with the iconic, timeless hit classic by the great British rock band The Who, ‘Who Are You?’ Many media sources – commercials, TV shows, movies, etc. have used this song as a theme song, an anthem of sorts to encourage people to be themselves – their true, ideal selves. Do you know who you truly are? Do you ever wonder, “Why am I here?”, “Who am I?”, or “Who do I want to be when I grow up?” Many people throughout their lives ask themselves these deep, philosophical questions, spending too much time trying to come up with mundane answers for something that’s deeply rooted in their souls and spirits. Instead of ‘living’ and making their perceptions of their lives an ‘inside job’, they’re waiting for something outside of themselves to transcend them to a higher level. They want to be their ideal self, but just cannot figure out how to! Here’s some help…

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How to Boost Your Creativity or Overcome Creativity Blocks

By Erika Slater
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Are you a person who requires a great deal of creativity to succeed in your career, or personal life? Maybe you’re a writer whose got that “writer’s block” state which is driving you crazy? Perhaps you go through dry spells when you need to be creative that lead you to becoming stuck and unproductive. It might be you’ve a lot going on in your life leading you to feel stressed out, anxious or even complacent, or you’ve slipped into a confidence issue or fear of rejection phase? These factors might be the culprits that lead you to having a block in your creativity, and the problem is catch-22. The more you think about the blockage the harder it seems to get back to your free-flowing thoughts. Well don’t worry, you’ll not lack that creativity forever, and there are ways of boosting it relatively quickly as you’ll read here…

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