To keep our credentials, dietitians are required to have 75 hours of continuing education every five years. Most medical professionals have similar continuing education requirements as do several other career paths including teachers, real estate agents, and lawyers. We all understand why. BECAUSE THINGS CHANGE. In our collective fields of study – things change, a lot. The way teachers teach (and the things teachers teach), the laws that govern our states, the science of food and nutrition, advances in medical science – they change! So of course, yes, we need continuing education to stay well-informed.
Personally, I make time for it. I schedule it. I sign up for it. It’s on my radar. Professional development. Check.
So why then, is personal growth and development not on my radar? Or spiritual growth and development? Hooray for you if it is on your radar! But as an adult, it hasn’t always been on mine.
I don’t know if it has to do with maturity level, life experiences, a mid-life crisis (perhaps?) or all of the above. But the idea of personal growth didn’t resonate with me until I went back to school in 2016. During that time, I didn’t have an extra minute to devote to personal growth but the amount of time I spent on school made me realize that if I had time to pursue a Master’s degree, while working full time and being a wife and mother too, then I had time once I was done with school to work on my personal and spiritual self.
And that’s what I’m doing now. Or trying to do. I’m figuring things out as I go. I’m listening to podcasts, I’m reading books, I’m challenging myself physically and spiritually. I’m making lots of lists because they bring me joy (and also motivation) and trying to figure out what my next decade will look like. (Happy New Year by the way!)
Most of the podcasts I listen to are women who inspire me. These are women I’ve never met inspiring me to be my best self every day. (Thank you, BTW, Jen Hatmaker, Gretchen Rubin, The Big Boo Cast, and Jamie Ivey...because I'm certain all of you read my blog.)
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing John Register, a Paralympic athlete, speak at a work conference. I was so engaged in his inspirational story that the only notes I took down during the entire hour-long presentation were this:
Inspiration leads to motivation.
Motivation leads to action.
Action leads to results.
Those will either inspire or create your new normal every day.
If you look at the narrative that John provides, these women are doing just that for me. Leading, inspiring, and motivating. I see this narrative that he describes as a continuous cycle, and I envision us all like little dominoes. Focusing on and changing ourselves for the better, can help motivate and lead to changes in others. That’s really very powerful when you stop and think about it.
As I move through 2020, focusing on myself, I am hoping to accomplish these #20for2020 goals this year, inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, Happier with Gretchen Rubin:
I will leave you with this quote from Brené Brown, another inspirational stranger in my life.
“People may call what happens at midlife ‘a crisis’, but it’s not. It’s an unraveling – a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you’re ‘supposed’ to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and to embrace who you are.” – Brené Brown
Cheers to a new year of being who you’re supposed to be, friends.