Personal growth is not linear. Sometimes it’s several steps forward, and then a few steps back. Sometimes it’s so many steps forward that you think “I’ve got it!” until you find yourself crashing back. Sliding into old ways of thinking. They can be sneaky, you can think that it’s reality, but it’s not. It’s simply your ego trying to keep you safe. Ego isn’t a huge fan of personal growth. It has been your trusted servant for so long, convincing you not to take the leap, not finish the song, not write the book, not to start the business, because it’s not safe! You will be ridiculed! People will say mean things! You’re not smart enough dammit! The ego wants you to be safe. But the soul. The soul wants you to grow, expand, take risks and evolve. Be who you were meant to be in this world. Shine. Allow. Expand. Honor the ego, thank it deeply for it’s service to you over the years. Then, simply choose something new. Slowly, your ego will mellow out, see that you mean business, protect you when you need it, even if it means not getting in your way, so you can grow through some of the hurt that will present itself. Keep going.