Key points for personal growth
1. Get to the root of behaviours: we can learn techniques which may be useful, but they invariably need the support of the appropriate awareness. Lessons are only learnt when they connect with our deeper motivation. (-> click on drawing for more details).
2. Check the level of commitment: the best personal growth or training methods are useless without demand. First make sure there is a real need for change. We can help clarify or express this need, but we can never substitute it.
3. The foundation of any evolution is moving out of the Comfort Zone. There is no learning without risk-taking. Those who understand this regard obstacles as stepping stones. Effective training takes us away from the known and gives us the opportunity to try out new behaviour. That is where methodology becomes important: books and cognitive teaching hardly project us onto a learning curve. At Altoren we use a refined version of experiential education.
4. Supporting strengths instead of fighting weaknesses: find out what works and enhance it instead of focusing on what does not work.
5. Balance between levels of awareness: many of our problems derive from the tendency to develop one level more than another. The best learning methods involve various levels simultaneously.
6. Deep impact awareness enhancement experiences are essential eye-openers. Group dynamics offer an ideal framework to produce those intense moments.
7. Growth is a Process, not an Event: in a world of instant access and consumption it may be hard to accept that some things take time. Great revelations do not complete the personal growth process. New awareness needs to be translated into day-to-day actions and anchored as new habits. Our daily work is the best training ground for personal growth.
8. Balancing action with pause: neglecting our natural rhythms may be the biggest disease of our time. Phases of activity need to alternate with moments of inactivity and inner reflection. It is like the balance between breathing in and out. Most people need to learn how to pause, listen and create that inspiring empty space inside, where the energy for renewed activity is to be found.