Self-appraisal is at the heart of personal change
All too often when individuals pursue personal growth, they focus only on the negative things in their lives that need to be changed. They forget to think about the positive things that are worthwhile and important. These positives can actually fuel spiritual change.
Ilchi Lee says that knowing one's self and honestly appraising both the good and the bad are key components to spiritual growth as well as developing mentally and emotionally.
"Do you want to hear somebody tell you they love you? Then just put your hands on your chest and tell yourself, 'I love you,'" he says.
He says that the responsibility for attaining positive change falls squarely on the individual. Rather than waiting around for someone to come and improve their lives, people should take charge of their happiness and better their own circumstances.
This process often starts with an honest self appraisal. Regardless of how desperately a person wants personal change, there are still undoubtedly positive things in their life. Hanging on to these can be an important part of the process.