One of the most important, yet lesser discussed, qualities a human can possess is the power of self-renewal. And, one of the most common qualities people talk about when it comes to self-renewal is resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back after being faced with adversity. A must for those who want to grow and develop.
Self-renewal might be defined a little differently, but it is part of being able to bounce back. Whether you work in a demanding job or you have been chasing a long-term goal like starting a business, it's easy to lose heart. How do you keep motivated when you're waiting for a breakthrough and it just doesn't seem to happen?
Sometimes, praise from others or encouragement can push you on. But that's something you have to rely on others to give you. That’s outside of yourself. So, how do you stay afloat when everything feels so hard? Let’s take a peek behind the door and begin to solve the mystery of self-renewal.
People who accomplish the tough stuff and push to achieve great things all possess the power of self-renewal. And, here you come head to head with grit and the ability to keep going.
Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance for a long-term goal. It is the willingness to work hard and sustain effort over time to achieve a certain objective, despite facing obstacles and setbacks. Grit is often considered to be a key factor in achieving success, particularly in challenging or competitive fields. People with grit can overcome obstacles and achieve goals while at the same time maintaining motivation and keeping focus over the long term.
People with grit can stay motivated and optimistic, even when faced with adversity. When working on something big, challenging, and long-term, it's an important skill. Grit is the skill that strengthens your momentum to continue moving forward.
Self-renewal Has A Deeper Meaning.
But self-renewal has a deeper meaning than just grit and resilience.
When working toward something bigger than yourself, you can rely on self-renewal to remind you of your goal, vision, and values. It will always be there to remind you how much you care. It's an offshoot of your inspiration. And where does your inspiration come from?
Inspiration is related to the spirit within you. It’s being in tune with your true self… with your soul so to speak. Its role with self-renewal can give you the motivation and drive to make positive changes, seek new opportunities, and discover your passion and purpose. In this way, both self-renewal and inspiration mutually reinforce each other and lead to personal growth and development.
Your grit and resilience keep pushing you on, but inspiration keeps you honest with yourself in the process. So these three attributes, grit, resilience, and inspiration keep you going forward as you journey towards self-renewal.
Now, taken on its own, self-renewal is all about re-aligning yourself with your purpose and goals. As you re-align yourself with your purpose and goals four things you can do, if they relate to you, is remove negativity, practice gratitude, remove emotional and mental clutter, and let go of the past.
1. Remove Negativity.
Holding onto negativity refers to the tendency to dwell on negative thoughts, emotions, and experiences, rather than letting them go and moving on. When people hold onto negativity, they may ruminate on negative events, replaying them in their minds and dwelling on the negative emotions they associate with them. This can lead to a negative cycle of thoughts and emotions that can be difficult to break out of.
Holding onto negativity can have several adverse consequences for one's mental and physical well-being. It can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, and stress. It can also impact one's relationships, work, and general quality of life. Thereby hurting social interactions, productivity, creativity, and physical health.
You can let go of negativity using such approaches as mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and talk therapy. These can help you reframe your thoughts, challenge negative thought patterns and develop a more positive outlook on life.
2. Practice Gratitude.
You can practice gratitude to help push those negative thoughts and feelings away. Practicing gratitude involves focusing on the positive aspects of one's life and expressing appreciation for the good things that one has, rather than dwelling on negative thoughts and experiences. It can be a powerful tool for taking away negative thoughts and emotions.
When you practice gratitude, you shift your focus away from what you lack or what's going wrong in your life, and instead, you focus on the things that are going well. This can help to change your perspective and put things in a more positive light. It can help you to appreciate the good things in your life that you may have been taking for granted.
Gratitude can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, by increasing feelings of positivity, happiness, and well-being. It has been shown to improve sleep quality, increase energy and improve overall physical and psychological health. Research has demonstrated that individuals who practice gratitude regularly are more optimistic, have higher self-esteem, and have stronger immune systems.
There are several ways to practice gratitude, including:
Gratitude practice then is a simple yet effective tool to improve overall well-being, by increasing positive thoughts and emotions and reducing negative ones.
3. Remove Emotional and Mental Clutter.
Removing emotional and mental clutter refers to the process of letting go of negative thoughts, emotions, and experiences that may be cluttering your mind and preventing you from living in a more peaceful and fulfilling way. Here are a few strategies that can help you remove emotional and mental clutter:
4. Let Go Of The Past And Make Room For Newness.
Perhaps the hardest step in the self-renewal process is the forgiveness step. It isn't necessarily about forgiving others, it's more about forgiving yourself. Have you forgiven yourself for the errors you have blamed yourself for?
We are often harsher on ourselves than we are on others. So, don't skip the self-forgiveness stage. And though you might have others to forgive, it's important to know that it's less about letting people off the hook for harming you and more about processing the harm and hurt you have held onto as a result.
Also, consider how much of your effort and attention is on chasing rabbit trails instead of focusing on your actual goals. Misplaced priorities are major enemies of self-renewal. Set your direction for progress and prepare yourself for some uncertain terrain.
Even if things feel difficult, try to reframe your attitude and think positively. It's time to make the decisions you have been avoiding and you need to be in the right mindset to do that. Set your renewal goals and start small – try to focus on one thing at a time. Start banishing excuses from your vocabulary and start accepting that where you are, wherever that might be, is your starting point. Whatever happens, you can always start fresh.
Call to Action: Everything in this post has a deep spiritual connotation as it goes to the core of who you are, your deeper and truer self, and why you exist. It relates to all the dimensions of your life and how you develop and maintain your whole self. To that end, I recommend that you join FORTIS which provides resources for you to keep going through good and difficult times.
Thank you for reading, and remember to continue becoming the best version of yourself.
Other helpful resources from the FM Storefront:
The Beginners Guide To Self-Discipline
Stressology: Stress Care For Today