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Jul 03, 2019 22:37:08

How to Measure Personal Growth?

by @keenencharles | 228 words | 9🔥 | 170💌

Keenen Charles

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It's hard to measure personal growth as it's occurring. It sneaks up on you even with a concerted effort. Until you get to your point where your actions are what you hoped to achieve.

Recently I noticed how much I'd grown in just a few months. A few months ago I was letting my lack of control of some situations and other people's actions get to me. It'd affect my mood, my day, and my choices. But gradually I forced myself to not let it affect me. Writing also helped a lot. And now in similar situations, I'm coping significantly better. I still feel disappointed or sad but it doesn't have the effect it once did.

It's also shown me the importance of accepting emotions for what they are. Instead of going around it, it's better to go through it. Accept the feeling at the moment and learn from it.

Which brings me back to how do you measure growth?

Maybe it's only possible when placed in similar circumstances. In software, you can write tests for common issues to catch potential regression. In life, it's impossible to truly simulate emotions. You can only experience them to know how you'll react. It's important to continue the tasks crucial to your growth until you see how you respond in similar situations, maybe even after you think you've grown as well.

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    @keenencharles what an interesting question! I tend to agree that personal growth is hard to measure, and not all things that count can be counted, but nonetheless, I too would love to find a good proxy indicator of some sort to do so. Just like how being able to do 40 pushups means 96% less likely to have heart attack. What do you think a good indicator might be? Self-reported emotional well-being? Frequency of outbursts? Might be a good side project idea!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 04, 2019 21:23:25
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      @jasonleow Yeah it could be. I think it'll depend on where you're trying to grow. Maybe something like a private Makerlog but for emotional well-being, could be really useful.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Jul 04, 2019 22:54:58
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      @keenencharles yeah everyone's targets are probably different. i'd been thinking about creating a Makerlog for life &/or emotional wellbeing for a while, so it's good to hear this!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 05, 2019 19:49:21
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