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If you are reading this, it's likely that you are a "constant improver," a person who spends a lot of time and effort making sure that your work is the best it can be, a high achiever dedicated to your development, and at the same time may tend to worry about your performance and how others perceive you.
The Meaning of Personal Evolution
People talk about evolving but don’t really define what it means to do so. It’s a change of perspective, a maturation, a shifting view of yourself in the world and your role in the world and in your life. It is finding ways to adapt to life and to improve the way you handle relationships and situations. To evolve means the deepening self-awareness and constant improvement of your skills and natural abilities. It is the ability to create your life in accordance with your unique vision. It is the discovery of the self and what you believe and how it serves you.
How your beliefs, self-image, and self-knowledge affect you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually is determined by testing new knowledge through experience and turning it into wisdom. Armed with this perspective, the judgment of others fades into the background, confusion dissipates, and your path becomes clear.
The Process of Personal Evolution
Your reactions evolve over time. Your beliefs and perspectives evolve with each experience, as you seek to validate what you already believe while possibly discovering that it is time to see things differently. You may start out seeking evidence that supports the existing framework/perspective, only to discover that the current construct of life no longer fits for your evolving sense of self.
If you do not feel ready for the next phase in the evolutionary process, rather than adapting and changing, you dig in and resist the shift. Fear of what will happen next, how your relationships may change, how your satisfaction with your current life may be altered, and not knowing what to do in response to the changes prevent forward movement. Recognize that it is a process of change and becoming. You go through cycles, like the moon, starting in the dark, gradually brightening through enlightenment, reaching fulfillment in one aspect of your life and being excited about it, before the effect begins to wane and it is time to select a new goal or quest.
As a constant improver, you have probably been through this process many times. Your view of yourself and your place in the world have shifted over time as you seek to find your core self, that part of you that persists in all circumstances and relationships.
Shifting on the Path of Personal Evolution
Personal evolution is about achieving self-trust in the context of having the self-confidence to face change with excitement, wisdom, and the willingness to modify your underlying beliefs when appropriate.
In the quest for constant improvement, identifying the patterns of your personal cycles and process and then working with instead of against them makes life easier, as you then function in accordance with your true nature. A sense of peace and flow replaces stagnation, agitation, and self-deprecation.
Rather than experiencing anxiety over not meeting the expectations of others, you set your own expectations for yourself in living up to your potential in accordance with your natural gifts. Evolving in this way allows you to cultivate self-acceptance rather than beating yourself up for not being what others thought you should be. This false sense of the ideal self is the root of fear and anxiety. The limited perspective that held you back is banished, and an opening takes its place, a willingness to see yourself and the world in a different way.
Exercise: Journal about how your role and self-image have changed over time. Then create a vision, without limitations, of how you truly want to live your life. You will know that this new vision is in accordance with your true nature when it fosters a deep sense of peace, enabling you to breathe deeply and smile easily.
In the End (and there really is no end to personal evolution)
Your natural inclination toward continuous improvement makes you well positioned to achieve your goals and a true sense of self. There will always be opportunities to learn and grow. Ultimately those with this tendency look forward to the next bit of knowledge, the deeper journey into the self, and the sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing yourself and living in alignment with your true nature.
Diane Wing, M.A. is the founder of Wing Academy of Unfoldment, host of Wing Academy Radio, author of five books, and an experienced guide for those ready to see things differently. When it comes to getting unstuck and feeling great about life, her 9-word philosophy is: Let go. Be grateful. Stay open. See the magick. Find out more at www.DianeWing.net.