photo credit: U.S. Army Garrison – Miami
Sense Of Belonging In Personal Growth
One very pleasant thing I experienced recently was a real sense of belonging in my own personal growth. Yesterday morning, a group of ski instructors, including myself, were taking a training session with a high level instructor at the ski resort I teach at for half of the week this winter. It was a session that started at 8:30 am for an hour and was completely optional as far as attendance goes.
It was interesting to see a rather good turnout since instructors didn’t really have to show up until about 10 am when the first lessons for the public started. But this group of ski instructors all wanted to come out early to improve their own skiing, which is a shared passion. Since we all wanted to get better, attending this training session was for our personal growth.
Shared Passions Brings People Together
However, since skiing was a shared passion, we didn’t have to improve ourselves alone all the time. Shared passions have a way of bringing people together which in turn results in the sense of belonging. I’m sure that after experiencing such a training session, most of folks from our group will surely come out again even if we all had to wake up an hour earlier.
Sense Of Belonging Can Advance Your Personal Growth
This sense of belonging can advance your personal growth since it demonstrates just how like minded people can end up helping to motivate and inspire each other towards our own goals. My past Motivational WebTV video on the effects of like minded people go into this more.
People in general want to belong to something. It is even better when people belong to groups where there are shared passions whether they be in sports, hobbies, community events or other interests. It makes such groups (and relationships as well) much more rewarding than just any arbitrary group of individuals that do not really have much in common.
So this year, I would suggest that you explore getting in with groups of like minded people who do share some of the same passions as you have. Your personal growth will be enhanced that much more.
To see how some of my own passions have helped me in my own personal growth, see my 3-part Personal Development Video Series via the box below.