Christian Counseling For Personal Development

Do you feel like your life is going nowhere? Are you struggling to find your purpose? Do you feel as there is some sort of barrier that prevents you from living life to the fullest?

If so, you might need Christian counseling for personal growth. A Christian counselor might be just the right person to help you overcome your problems and begin living life to the fullest.

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Christian counseling for personal growth in Santa Monica:

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I feel stuck in a rut. What can I do to promote personal growth?

Feeling like you’re stuck in a rut can be depressing, to say the least. Here are a few avenues you can explore in order to grow personally:

  • Life coaching
  • Testing for your personality type
  • Discovering your personal and spiritual gifts
  • Building proper self-esteem
  • Learning interpersonal communication skills
  • Spiritual growth

If any of these areas interest you, please call Santa Monica Christian Counseling at (424) 361-6197 or contact us online to set up an initial risk-free counseling session.

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I want to set some personal development goals but I don’t know where to start. What do you recommend?

If you want to set personal development goals for yourself, we recommend setting no more than two goals at a time and using the acronym “S.M.A.R.T.” as a guideline. S.M.A.R.T. stands for “Specific,” “Measurable,” “Attainable,” “Relevant,” and “Time Bound.”

First, your goals should be specific. Perhaps you want to get healthier. Rather than simply making your goal to get healthier, you need to make it specific. “I want to get healthier by losing weight” is more specific than “I want to get healthier.”

Better yet, your goal should be measurable. Instead of merely stating that you want to lose weight, your goal of getting healthier should specify how much weight you want to lose: “I want to lose 20 lbs.”

Your goal must also be attainable. Stating that you want to lose 150 lbs. in a month may seem lofty, but it just isn’t realistic. Failing to set realistic goals is a recipe for both failure and discouragement.

Making your goals relevant is also important. You might set a goal of learning to juggle by the end of the year, but for most people, it won’t be a relevant goal. Try to set goals that will get you to the next place you want to be in your personal life.

Lastly, your goals should be time bound. That is, they need to have a definite end point by which time you will know whether or not you have accomplished your goal. In the weight loss example, you could say, “I want to lose 20 lbs. in the next three months.”

If you need help setting personal goals, please call Santa Monica Christian Counseling at (424) 361-6197 or contact us online to set up an initial risk-free appointment.

What is a personal growth plan? How do I create one?

A personal growth plan is a roadmap for achieving your personal goals. The best way to create one is to follow these steps:

    • Decide where you want to end up.

The first order of business is to decide where you are going. Just as you wouldn’t typically begin a road trip without a destination in mind, in the same way, you need to have a vision in mind for where you want to be.

    • Create a purpose statement.

A purpose statement is a written statement of where you want to go and how you want to get there. In the same way that businesses have purpose statements, you can create one for yourself as well. This will provide you with direction as you go along.

    • Set goals.

You should set S.M.A.R.T. goals (as explained above) so that you can tell if you are progressing or not. It is best not to set more than two goals at a time, as setting more will divide your energies and you will be unlikely to accomplish anything at all.

    • Seek out a mentor or coach.

Find someone who will act as your mentor or coach. A mentor or coach can provide valuable encouragement, as well as counsel and accountability when things are not going well. This doesn’t have to be a professional life coach, but they can be helpful.

    • Stop occasionally to take stock.

Stop to measure your progress now and then. In fact, a key part of goal-setting is making sure that your goals are measurable. Measuring your progress can either be an encouragement (if you are progressing) that spurs you on to greater achievement, or else it can be a wake-up call (if you are not making progress) that can motivate you to get back into the game.

I want to become a better person. Where should I start?

Becoming a better person is a noble goal, but it is important to consider what it means to be a “better person.” For some, to “become a better person” is synonymous with improving their better qualities and ridding themselves of negative habits and traits. For others, however, it is merely another way of saying that they want to like themselves better, regardless of any negative qualities they may have.

The counselors at Santa Monica Christian Counseling can assist you in navigating the complexities of self-improvement. They will help you to discover your goals for becoming a better person and aid you in putting together a plan of action.

What is involved with Personal Development Counseling?

Personal Development Counseling involves a counselor coming alongside you to help you work toward your full potential. Maybe you want to grow in a particular area of your life, accomplish certain personal goals, or find your true calling in life. Maybe you are not weighed down by anything in particular but just want to understand your own personality better and find ways of improving yourself.

No matter what your reasons are, Santa Monica Christian Counseling is here to help. Call us at (424) 361-6197 or contact us online to set up an initial risk-free appointment.

How could a Christian counselor help me with personal growth and self-improvement?

While personal growth and self-improvement are related areas, there is a distinction between them. Personal development relates more to your skills and talents and those parts of you that interact with the outside world. Self-improvement, on the other hand, is related to your inner self and the traits that make up who you are.

A Christian counselor can help you with both. Your counselor will come alongside you and help you to decide which one you need, then assist you in goal-setting and the creation of an action plan. They can act as mentors, cheering you on when you achieve your goals, picking you up when you fall, and providing the necessary accountability along the way.

At Santa Monica Christian Counseling, we want to see you achieve your fullest potential. If you believe that you could benefit from Christian counseling for personal growth, contact us by calling (424) 361-6197, browse our counselor directory to find a counselor who is right for you, or contact us online to set up an initial risk-free appointment.

Get Connected With a Christian Counselor
Contact Stacie at reception
424-361-6197