The human need for growth is one of the six basic human needs defined by motivational speaker Tony Robbins. As part of the need for growth is the desire to achieve emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth—all of which help to shape who we are as people. If we reach a standstill in our lives and we stop learning, growing, or striving to better ourselves, we may become bored, depressed, or anxious. Growth and progress are both necessary for happiness and well-being, and we must all constantly evolve emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually in order to meet this important need.
The Human Need for Growth
According to Tony Robbins, we’re all dying if we’re not making an effort to grow. And if you look closely in life, everything and everyone is either growing or dying or at all times. As an example—think of your bank account. If you’re not regularly depositing funds into your bank account, the amount of funds in the account will only decrease. Until you deposit more money into the account, you’ll likely run out of funds. The same goes for personal development—without constant growth and improvement, we aren’t living with the best versions of ourselves.
Hence, it is crucial that we strive to grow in all possible ways, whether it be financially, spiritually, emotionally, and so on. It is not always easy to balance each stage of growth, and at different stages in life you will experience the predominance of different types of growth. Therefore, lifelong learning and education are incredibly important.
However, growth is not always easy to achieve, and it doesn’t come without sacrifices, devotion, and hard work. Though, the payoff of growth and personal development is well worth it. As French novelist Anaïs Nin once said, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
As you can tell from Anaïs Nin’s quote above, it is more painful to stay in one place than it is to grow and blossom. Additionally, failure to grow makes it difficult for each of us to meet Tony Robbins’ other human needs, including the need for significance, certainty, love/connection, and variety.
10 Ways to Stimulate Personal Growth
Meeting the need for growth is much more doable after the other human needs have been met. But fortunately, striving to meet the need for growth may even help to fulfill the other needs as well. Check out our ideas below to help you meet the human need for growth:
1. Learn a new musical skill, which helps to boost brain capacity. Practice a new instrument, learn to read music, or start teaching musical lessons.
2. Make small improvements to your daily life. Learn a new skill that you can practice daily, such as cooking, singing, creating artwork, knitting, or learn a new skill that will help with professional development.
3. Make your daily life easier by taking a hardware or home improvement class. Many local hardware stores or larger home improvement stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot offer workshops or classes on topics ranging from wallpaper hanging, tile flooring installation, wall painting, and more.
4. This goes along with the idea above, but volunteering with Habitat for Humanity teaches volunteers a great deal about home improvement and construction, while also fulfilling the human needs for growth and contribution.
5. Learn a new world language. According to Global Citizen, learning a new language helps to increase brain power, boosts communication skills, and bridges cultural gaps. It may even help you to grow professionally.
6. Read world news. Even if you’re not interested in world news, reading world news can help you to broaden your knowledge base, learn from the experts, and see things differently.
7. Try strategic board games. If you’ve always played party games or word games, you’ll grow as a person if you broaden the types of games you play. Try playing more strategic board games such as Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Dominion, Ticket to Ride, and Diplomacy. These board games will help you to think and problem solve in a completely different way.
8. Travel somewhere new. If you usually take beach vacations, travel somewhere new that encourages you to step outside of the beach side resort and explore a local culture and meet new people from different backgrounds.
9. Practice gratitude. Each day of the week, end your day by writing down three positive things that happened from the time you woke up in the morning.
10. Make new friends and get rid of the toxic ones. According to the Mayo Clinic, quality friendships (rather than the quantity of friends you have) help to boost overall health and well-being. Additionally, friendships help to increase an individual’s sense of purpose, well-being, and confidence.
Learning and training is an endless, lifelong battle which everyone should attempt to continue to prolong liveliness and personal fulfilment. As stated by writer, mentor, and female thinker, C. JoyBell C.: “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”