The never ending path.

In self-discovery, there is always a new layer to discover, but it's hard to accept.

The never ending path.
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One of the hardest things to accept in self-discovery is that the process never ends.

As a seeker, it's not something you want to hear, I know, but none-the-less it's true.

When we initially get into the process, we expect a definitive answer. We think personal growth is about finding that answer within a certain time frame, and then start living it.

It's not. It never will be.

The truth is that there is always a new layer to discover. No matter how self-aware you become, you can always go deeper and further.

In fact, the process of self-discovery is all about that. To keep seeking your self, even though you have found a great deal of answers already.

No ultimate clarification

Naturally, the personal growth industry won't tell you that. It thrives on a business model of selling you the ultimate clarification.

For some reason, though, it wants to sell you a new version of it all the time.

It's because it knows all too well that there is no ultimate clarification, but if it tells you so, it will go out of business.

So it lies. Over and over again. Selling you yet another version of a holy grail that never existed in the first place.

It would be a lot more honest to admit the process never ends, and that there is no ultimate solution. There is only your individual process.

Like a river

The key to self-discovery is to keep practicing on a regular basis. Whatever your framework and practice is, you must keep doing it.

Think of it as a river that always flows from the spring within the mountain. The moment the spring dries out, the river stops flowing.

Personal growth is exactly like that.

At the end of the day, you only have that process because it's the essence of life. Continuous flow.

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