Personal-development and growth are NOT ANYTHING…..

….they are EVERYTHING!

I discovered personal development and the field of self-improvement when I was at the most depressed and trying time in my life. Life itself seemed meaningless and I was really trying to find out what was the point of it.

Having found self-development in this state, I have studied it with such a great intensity, that most people, even on the path of developing themselves, would never desire to commit to and this was due largely to my longing for growth in my life, for change.

I therefore had a compelling reason to study: my hunger to improve. I am devoted in my life towards constant and consistent growth, life long learning and self-mastery. This dedication has evolved into a burning desire to inspire others to aspire to do and be the best they can be, and to learn how to master all the aspects of their lives.

Everyone has a story, and to illustration why I grasped the field of self-improvement I will briefly share mine.

Coming from a torn family background and having had depression most of my life, I became an alcoholic from the age of 18 and continued to numb myself, causing myself many embarrassments and challenges in my life until I was 25.

What started the change in me, going from seven years of being a smoker and alcoholic who just wanted to quit and felt powerless to do so, broken relationships with partners and having no purpose in life – to who I am now…

…a non-smoker no longer reliant on alcohol, having an amazing relationship, and my ULTIMATE PURPOSE IN LIFE DISCOVERED, the start for me was that I clicked on a Brian Tracy YouTube video. This was my first exposure to any such teaching – the first ‘how to develop your potential and create a life you desire’ material I had been exposed to.

The overwhelming joy I felt inside of me while watching it and just after I had finished watching the clip relit the first and burning desire I had to break the alcoholic, depressed and torn family cycle, the desire I have held since I was a child.

Not only did I desire to break the negative traits of my father and grandfather, but I keenly desired to make my life and life situation one I loved, one of thrive rather than survive and then the knowhow to inspire others to want to do the same.

It was about 14 months ago that I watched that Brian Tracy video. Until then I did not know that self-development existed – at least not outside of formal education such as university or TAFE, nor was I aware of the POWER, freedom and peace that is found in self-knowledge and growth.

See TAFE and University are great for helping you to create a career, but they will not teach you how to CREATE A LIFE.

That you must learn yourself, through choosing to read personal development books, listen to material or seek a coach to help teach you how you can uncover and bring to the surface, your own values, desires and life purpose.

I have committed myself to growing through studying the material of many people who are masters in the field of human potential and personal achievement. Here is a list some of my activities and the intense personal-development which I am still rigorously and joyously journeying through, the things I have done to grow:

  • Invested thousands of dollars in training, and personal development material – (clearly notice how I used the word ‘INVESTED’ rather than ‘SPENT’ – because invested implies an opportunity for a ‘return/gain/improvement’, whereas SPENT implies a resource is ‘used up/consumed/depleted of energy’). I KNOW that every cent I put towards my growth will pay dividends in the proportions of 100’s or 1000’s of times the amount of my initial investment – this is the attitude ALL who are serious about personal achievement MUST adopt!
  • Invested hundreds of hours listening to self-mastery audio, nearly everywhere I drive I have personal development audio playing
  • I have read many e-books/articles and blogs on the subject of self-mastery and developing a winners mindset
  • Attended many seminars/events and self-development trainings
  • Been coached and mentored formally and informally by numerous highly successful people (and still am being coached and mentored)
  • Do daily reading of self-development books
  • Discovered my life purpose and created my own success blog…

(…and I still do all the above)

…And from all this, I have ONE tip which is the most powerful technique that I have learnt, and in my reality it is the MASTER technique to change everything in your life into what and how you want it to be.

I discovered the most powerful technique for achieving what you want but it requires not only KNOWING what it is but UNDERSTANDING and USING this GREAT power for change which is:

THE POWER OF your ULTIMATE DESIRE for your life combined with FOCUS and REPETITION

…the force of these three combined IS IMMEASURABLE


THE MORE YOU ARE EXPOSED TO AN IDEA (that you hold in your mind in the form of thought), the FASTER your results will reflect that idea, whether they are ones you desire or not.

Consider this quote, “We become what we think about”, Earl Nightingale.

Or perhaps this one: “We become what we think about most of the time”, Brian Tracy.

Or even: “A man (or woman) is what he thinks about all day long”, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Can you see a common theme here?

You can try with all your might to achieve something other than that which matches the thoughts that you repetitiously hold in your mind, but what determines your results are YOUR BELIEFS and the subconscious programs and conditioning in your mind – PERIOD!

If the subconscious conditioning does not match what you want, which is to say, the thoughts and beliefs in it are not in harmony with what you desire to achieve, you will NEVER achieve it.

Here’s the GREAT info for you. YOU CAN choose what you want to CONDITION YOUR MIND with and change the programs YOURSELF – in fact once you are and adult – YOU are the only one who can recondition your mind (that is if you want a different result in any area of your life than you are currently getting).

This is why REPETITION combined with FOCUSING on WHAT YOU DESIRE




In more detail, Brainstorm what you want for your life, spend some time doing this, write out all the possible things you want to do, be and have.

Which idea is the one that makes you get tingles in your body? That you love so much you could want to smile and cry just thinking about it? Choose that one to start and WRITE IT DOWN.

Focus upon what you have written – and how you can achieve it, focus upon it more often than the time you spend not focusing on it. You SPEND time when you are not focusing on something you want. You INVEST time when you are focusing upon something you want.

REPEAT the idea – rewrite it every day and reread it three times a day!

It is that simple. (of course I will help you if you want more guidance, you need only email me and ask at:

It is simple, yet very FEW understand that the only way to really have a quantum leap in your results it to change the programming in your subconscious mind, the part of your mind which controls ALL YOUR PERMINANT RESULTS and HABITS. The POWER contained within the Power of Repetition is akin to that of The Law of Attraction, which is a powerful universal law which is based on the law of vibration.

Repetition is what helped you learn EVERY SKILL you have. To walk, drive, READ THIS J type and everything else you now do without batting an eye, which as first you had to give your FULL attention to. UNTIL you, through repetition, put the ACT into your SUBCONSCIOUS mind; which is where it now holds the full power that your subconscious mind adds to that act.

Think about it, how many songs can you remember all the lyrics to when they start playing?


EVERYTHING you believe about yourself, society, ‘your perceived limitations’ (because that is all limitations are – individual perceptions), everything you know to be true, is based on you having been exposed to an idea and then that idea being repeatedly reinforced, by people you looked up to or still look up to, media, friends, family, society and more importantly BY YOURSELF.

Once you believe something, you will only see things that back up that belief.

A belief really is a form of learned blindness – anything contrary to something we believe often gives us a sense of threat (if what we believe is ‘wrong’ then we are wrong, no one wants to be wrong). Therefore we tend to only see things that match our beliefs and block out all other possibilities. Do you think that may be limiting?

We all back up ideas we believe to be true by gathering ‘evidence’ subconsciously.

This includes all ideas, about what sort of person you believe someone to be, to what you think you know about yourself or who you have decided to be (for example, when you say, I am a shy person, or I am an outgoing person, you are programming yourself to be that someone of that very nature and your mind sees evidence to BACK IT UP, and sees ONLY the evidence of what you believe to be true). This is why when you are not your ideal weight, or you have a detrimental habit you want to change into a positive habit, you may feel it is impossible.

Change your beliefs, change your life.

Remember the powerful formula REPETITION x WHAT YOU DESIRE x FOCUS = success.


About Christopher Zuidam

My passions are: human potential/psychology/self-development, skateboarding, Jiu Jitsu playing just about any sport, adventure/being active, travelling, learning, the studying and playing of musical instruments including voice and digitally music. I study by my own means, self-development books, seminars, audio learning and with like minded people. The purpose of Growth for Success is: 1. To promote on a massive scale, releasing mind, body, and spirit from social, insane conditioning (we call normal) 2. Growth and learning, internally and externally and teaching others 2. Education on the TRUTH about health and fitness, healing in body and mind, releasing the human spirit to soar 4. Teaching how to have intimate free spirited relationships with everyone and everything
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2 Responses to Personal-development and growth are NOT ANYTHING…..

  1. Norman Goss says:

    The author shows that he is truly an established authority in the personal growth industry.

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