21 Positive Signs of Good Personal Growth

How do you know if you are demonstrating good personal growth as you journey through life? This is the only life you have so you surely want to make the most out of it, right? What are some signs of good personal growth that should make you feel darn proud of yourself?

We’ve talked a lot about personal growth in other articles on Sassy Sister Stuff, but in this article we are going to look at 21 positive signs of good personal growth that should make you super proud of yourself!

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21 Positive Signs of Good Personal Growth

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What Does It Mean to Grow as a Person?

To grow as a person is to become more than you once were. It means to learn from your mistakes and become wiser because of them. It means you take on new challenges, even if they scare you. And it means to become more compassionate and understanding towards others, no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Because you realize what’s truly important in life.

Growing as a person doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a gradual process that requires time, effort, and dedication. But the rewards are worth it, because when you grow as a person, you become a better version of yourself.

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You have learned to value peace over chaos. You create calm and tranquility in your life and mind.

21 Positive Signs of Good Personal Growth

Two important keys to personal growth are being open to change and having a desire for an better life. There are many different ways to show that you are growing and maturing, and each person experiences growth in different ways. But here are 21 common signs of good personal growth.

1. You Can Go With the Flow Better.

If you’re able to take life’s highs and lows in stride, it means you’re able to roll with the punches and aren’t as easily thrown off balance. This is an important skill to have, especially if you want to live a happy, fulfilling life.

You are doing well if you have learned to stay calm and collected during difficult times, maintain perspective even when things go wrong, and have a positive outlook on life. People who are good at going with the flow tend not to sweat the small stuff and know how to find the silver lining in every cloud.

2. Your Happiness Isn’t Determined by Others.

You have begun to take responsibility for your own happiness and know your joy in life isn’t dependent on others. You maintain positive relationships but also take care of yourself emotionally. You don’t worry being alone and know exactly what brings you happiness in life.

3. You Want a Deeper Existence.

There is an innate desire in all of us to grow and become more than what we are now. You want to explore new horizons, learn new things, and make a difference in the world. You want to find a deeper spirituality to feel connected to something.

You want to strive for more, pursue your dreams, and discover the meaning of life. You have developed a desire to learn the “why” and “how” of life. Your curiosity is peaked. You think think deeply about life and your existence.

4. You Value Peace Over Chaos.

The thing about chaos is that it’s unpredictable. It’s always looming and it can be hard to escape from. For some people, this is their idea of a good time. They thrive on the excitement and unpredictability of chaos. But not you — anymore.

You have learned to value peace over chaos. You create calm and tranquility in your life and mind, even if things are chaotic around you. This doesn’t mean that we have to avoid all conflict or pretend that everything is perfect. It simply means that you prioritize peace in your life and find calm in the chaos.

5. You Value Forgiveness.

You have let go of grudges and resentment. You have started to forgive yourself and others because you know it helps give you peace of mind.

When you forgive yourself, you free yourself from the chains of the past. You give yourself permission to move on and be happy. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what happened was okay, it just means that you are no longer going to let it control your life — and you know this now.

6. You Have a Deep Respect for Others.

When you respect others, you are recognizing their worth as individuals. You are also acknowledging that they have their own thoughts, feelings, and experiences that are equally as important as your own.

Respecting others is an important part of building relationships and creating a positive society. By respecting others, we can learn from each other and work together to make the world a better place.

7. You Have New Dreams.

As you are moving through life, it is natural to let go of old dreams and develop new dreams and goals. Your priorities change and your perspectives shift as you gain more experience and meet new people.

People have different dreams and goals at different points in their lives. There is no one right way to live your life, and it’s a sign of good personal growth if you have dreams and goals that differ from what you had previously planned for yourself.

8. You Value Quality over Quantity.

In all aspects of life, you now understand that quality is better than quantity. Choosing quality over quantity means you have fewer things to take care of and less stress and overwhelm in all areas of life. You’ve learned when you focus on a few quality items, activities, and connections, you’re less distracted.

Quality over quantity means that you save more time since you focus on the few significant things in your life instead of everything. And it saves you lots of personal energy.

9. You’re Rediscovering Your Soul.

You remember all the things you truly love in life, uninfluenced by any outside sources. You begin to understand yourself better and aren’t afraid to express your interests to others. In your self-reflections, you visualize your highest self and seek to get in touch with your inner spirit.

10. Your Social Circle is Changing

You have learned who is worth giving your time and energy to. You spend less time with people who create chaos in your life and start investigating new social circles that have the same values as you.

Your social circle may be getting smaller because you realize quality is more important than quantity. You have grown in a different direction than your previous friends, or maybe you have realized there was too much negativity in that circle of friends. You are looking forward to spending time with new people who embrace your more mature self.

a young woman lounges in a circle chair in front of a large window with the sun warming her as she relaxes and shows signs of good personal growth
You no longer need the validation and attention from others — you recognize that you can enjoy spending time alone with yourself.

11. You Can Say No.

You have learned to say NO and mean it because you have developed a new confidence in yourself and your decisions. You also value your time and want to use it wisely.

Learning to say no can be a difficult task, but it’s one that’s important for everyone. You’ve learned that saying no can help you avoid getting overwhelmed and stressed out, and it can also help you keep our time and energy focused on what’s important.

12. You Value Alone Time.

You no longer need the validation and attention from others — you recognize that you can enjoy spending time alone with yourself. You value your time alone so you can rest and relax. You enjoy the process of recharging and you begin to enjoy slower moments in life with just YOU doing what you want to do.

13. Others’ Opinions of You Don’t Matter.

You have become able to walk away from people who don’t bring joy and positivity into your life. You also respect people who don’t understand your personal growth evolution, but you can walk away from if necessary.

You are less concerned with what other people think about you now because you have gained confidence in knowing you are worthy and valuable just as you are.

14. Social Media is Less Important.

You are spending less time on social media because you realize it’s not as important as you once thought. Real life is more important than a digital life so you want to experience joy in your real life. This is a sign of good personal growth for anyone who has ever spent too much time on social media.

15. You Have More Clarity in Life.

Your thoughts and emotions no longer control you; instead, you’re in control of them. You have a strong mindset that guides your happiness because you know yourself better than ever. You have learned more about yourself and what makes you happy, so you can develop goals and plans for the future. You have a good idea in which direction you want to head on your journey through life.

16. You’re More Concerned About Being Happy than Successful.

Now that you know yourself well, and know what’s truly important in life, you are aware that happiness and success do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. You also know that material possessions may not always make you happy. As you mature, you have realized that happiness and peace is more important than climbing up the ladder of success.

17. You Can Step Outside Your Comfort Zone.

You have learned to embrace the discomfort that comes with stepping out of your comfort zone and you know ultimately it’s going to be a positive experience.

When it comes to personal growth, the best way to get out of your comfort zone is to do something new and you have begun to challenge yourself to do this. This may mean stepping out of your comfort zone in terms of activities or subjects you are interested in, or even moving to a new place. The key is to be open-minded and willing to try something new.

18. You Can Let Go of Toxicity.

You are becoming aware of what is and isn’t good for your mental health so you set boundaries and release all that is toxic in your life. You have begun to create distance between you and anything that is bringing harm to your wellbeing. You’ve become more assertive about your preferences and practice good self-care habits by letting go of toxicity.

19. You Are More Kind and Compassionate.

You recognize that kindness and compassion create a better world for everyone so you focus on these attributes. You share a SMILE with everyone you meet, you hold a door open for the next person, and you may even pay-it-forward by buying someone lunch. These kind behaviors boost your confidence, happiness, and optimism.

Kindness and compassion have even been shown to improve your health and wellbeing because it increases meaningful social interactions. You’ve become the poster child for kindness and compassion.

20. You Have More Tolerance.

You have become more accepting of others and their differences because you have met more people from different backgrounds and cultures. You fully understand that it’s okay to have different opinions, different lifestyles, and different preferences.

You no longer put your opinions and attitudes above those of others, even when you are sure that you are right. You accept people for who they are and what they represent now.

21. A Balanced Life is Important to You.

You have developed healthier habits and routines that support your well-being. You know it’s important to live a balanced life for happiness and fulfillment. You know your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health are all equally important and support each other. So you are working to find the right balance.

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You know it’s important to live a balanced life for happiness and fulfillment.

Final Thoughts: Signs of Good Personal Growth

These are all signs you are growing mentally and emotionally. There are many other signs of growth, but this is a great start! Plus, these are pretty common signs of good personal growth in everyone!

As you continue on your personal growth journey, you may want to use these questions to do some serious self-reflection:

  1. How have you grown as a person in the last few years?
  2. Are you proud of your growth as a person?
  3. What do you need to do for greater personal growth?

Your answers will likely help guide you along your journey. Enjoy the process!

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Love to ALL! ~ Susan

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