personal growth journey

The Happiness Explorer

How to…get started on your personal growth journey

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Just like putting money into a savings account with an incredible interest rate, prioritising your personal development is an investment that will never depreciate but only appreciate. So, let's dive into this journey together and uncover the wonders that await!

Many of us yearn for something more in life. Whether it's finding our true selves, fulfilling our potential, overcoming career challenges, or improving habits and relationships, the desire for growth and change is universal. If you find yourself feeling stuck, unsure of how to move forward, fear not! This is your invitation to embrace personal growth and unleash your full potential.

I began my personal growth journey at 26, feeling utterly stuck and uncertain about my future. My life was tangled in bad habits and confusion, but I knew deep down that I deserved more. It all started with a book gifted by a friend, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. Though I didn’t fully grasp its meaning, I sensed it was the first step toward my transformation. Book after book, I delved into the world of self-enquiry, leading me to become a life coach and eventually certifying other coaches.

Now, I want to share four easy tips to ignite your personal growth journey and ensure you are not navigating it alone. Together, we can set the stage for your success:

  1. Morning Rituals: A Statement of Self-Worth Start your day with a powerful morning ritual that symbolises your commitment to growth. Whether it's journalling, meditation, breathwork, or connecting with nature, choose a practice that resonates with your soul. Make it a daily reminder that you are worth investing in and your intention is to create a better life for yourself. Remember, you are worthy of living your best life!
  2. Embrace Wisdom: Drink Up Knowledge Find an expert whose content resonates with you and makes you thirsty for more. Commit to listening to their pieces daily and take notes to internalise their wisdom. Podcasts are an excellent resource, especially during commutes. In my own journey, even with limited resources, I devoured free content online, seeking every opportunity to grow and learn.
  3. Accountability Partners: Journey Together Having an accountability partner can be a game-changer. It's easy to quit when things get tough, but with someone to hold you accountable, the journey becomes less daunting. Seek help from a coach, a friend, or even join a practice client group. Remember, everyone, from the biggest celebrities to your favourite coaches, has had help on their journey.
  4. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded Souls: Surround yourself with people who share your vision and aspirations. Seek out Facebook groups, networking events, or meet-ups that focus on motivation and goal accomplishment. Interacting with individuals who want similar things will keep you on track and encourage growth.

Dear readers: I believe in your potential to achieve greatness. The time to start is now! Don't wait for the perfect moment, because it may never come. Embrace personal growth as a lifestyle change and be patient with yourself. Remember, the journey may take time, but the rewards will be abundant.

As we set off on this empowering adventure together, I have no doubt that you'll soon be celebrating your successes. You are your best and most precious asset, and investing in yourself will lead to exponential growth.

In the wise words of Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Today, take that step towards your personal growth and watch as the world unfolds before you in new and exciting ways. Embrace the change, embrace the growth, and embrace the magnificent person you are destined to become.


If you feel like there’s more out there for you and you want to unlock the extraordinary from within, connect now with Lydia Kimmerling aka The Happiness Explorer ( on Instagram @lydiakimmerling

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