And maybe there were some external challenges this year, things which made you feel side-swiped, as though the proverbial rug was being pulled out from beneath you.
So if we're going to measure growth, maybe it's more these types of question we need to ask ourselves:
- "Did I experiment and try new things, even if they didn't work out as planned?"
- "How long did I stay in the doldrums? Did I get myself back on my feet more quickly than usual?"
- "Have I managed to create some distance from toxic relationships which no longer serve me?"
If you've answered one of these questions with a yes then that's personal growth. Give yourself some credit for a little upturn in the growth squiggle.
In 2022 I've had to let some ideas go and nurture some new ones. I've felt the sting of personal failure when things didn't work out, but I trust that I'm the scientist in this little experiment of my life and that if I don't squiggle then I won't grow.
I'd love to hear how your year has been.