When I was in the eighth grade I was 5 feet tall and weighed 132 pounds. Over the summer I had a massive growth spurt and entered freshmen year at my current height of 5’6” and skinnied up to 102 pounds. People hardly recognized me when I walked through the door on the first day of school. (PS, the days of 102 pounds are over…)
To this day I can remember how I felt during that summer of growth.
It wasn’t awesome.
I felt frustrated, crabby, giddy, chubby, unsettled, impatient, stuck, negative, horny (I was 14…I don’t know what to tell you. Boy crazy.) hungry, nauseous, and my limbs ached.
This was not a time of inspired delight.
I was a bear and I am pretty sure my mom wanted to kill me. I would sigh dramatically and give her a really hard time about what she ate. Fried eggs made me gag and she loved them.
Going through this change made an imprint on me that was so significant, that I now recognize periods of growth in my life because of it. Only now most of my growth spurts are mental, spiritual, or creative. But the symptoms feel the same.
I am going through one now.
Only instead of my body chubbing up with the fat reserves it needs to grow, my mind is plumping with all the amazing stuff I am learning and the insights I have been having. All my resources are invested in development at the moment. So when I am crabby that I don’t have extra time or money I remember the depth of investment I am making for growth.
Growing my business, expanding my insights, and funding my long-term goals are making me mentally chubby.
I know I am about to have a massive outpouring.
Being patient until the flood gates open is sometimes a very frustrating endeavor.
But open they will and I know the huge sense of accomplishment, relief and joy that comes with growth will be worth all the difficult moments. In fact, it is the difficult moments that make the growth happen.
So take heart if you are going through your own personal growth.
Stay with it.
Gentle repetition over time is key.
If you have put time, energy, money and endless other resources into a project, and nothing is happening, know that this is a normal part of growth.
Here are a few symptoms to recognize if you are about to have a growth spurt.
♥ You feel more frustration than normal.
♥ You have been consuming knowledge such as classes, workshops, Ted Talks etc.
♥ You are impatient and anxious like a runner about to hear the starting gun blast.
♥ You can’t sleep because you are constantly thinking about your project. (Or interest, or class…)
♥ Your self-talk gets a little more negative. (This is never going to happen, I can’t do this, I hate being broke…)
♥ You go unconscious in vulnerable areas such as eating, spending, etc
♥ You feel unsettled.
All this crazy is actually really great news. Important, meaningful shit can sometimes be painful. Stay with it, because when the dam finally bursts your best stuff will surge forward.
Stay. With. It.
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