If I’m perfect just as I am, why do I need to personally develop?
It seems like in the last number of years there has been a boom of programs being offered all geared at helping people self-improve, personally develop, remove blocks, overcome limitations or grow into their potential.
At the same time we are hearing messages all around us about how our uniqueness is what makes us special, that we are perfect just as we are and that the pieces that make us stand-out are the things we should celebrate and fully embrace.
This is an interesting contradiction and one that I have spent much time pondering. You see I am one of those people who offer both acceptance and celebration of who you are right here and now, as well as programs that will help you bring out the best in yourself and grow to your full potential.
How can this contradiction exist without cancelling each other out?
To explain this apparent contradiction, I liken it to the birth of a child. A newborn child is perfect from the moment she comes into your life. There might be things about her that you would like to change (like perhaps sleeping more), but we recognize that these aren’t deficiencies – just preferences.
As the child grows she remains perfect – her silly moments, her tantrums, and even her ability to push her parent’s buttons might not make her fun to be around at times, but they are a piece of who she is and do not make her any less perfect.
At the same time as we recognize this, we also acknowledge that unless something is getting in the way of this child’s development she is going to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
In other words, this child is expected to grow and to change…this doesn’t make her any less perfect now, it simply suggests that growing, and the change that comes with it, is part of living.
How can we be perfect and yet need to personally grow? Just think of that newborn baby and the answer becomes obvious.
So embrace your personal development, be open to learning, unblocking and advancing yourself….knowing all the while that you are still absolutely perfect, just as you are.