We’re creating a new Guideposts.org

It’s faster, it’s mobile friendly—and we’d love you to have a sneak peekClick here to preview

Personal Growth

Turning tragedy into triumph, dreams into reality. These are the stories we tell about everyday people like you who find success, fulfillment and happiness through spiritual growth and self-improvement. Our real life stories show that personal change comes from your courage, persistence and enthusiasm as well as from God’s grace.

Read on and be uplifted and motivated by stories of individuals who are positively transformed by events and life challenges. You’ll be inspired to change too!

Recent Personal Growth Stories

Self-improvement is not by definition self-aggrandizement, nor is personal growth necessarily self-centered. There are so many places in the Bible where we are encouraged to grow.

by Anne Simpkinson

Jon Gordon says the overnight success is a myth

Just as the Olympian must train for years for one defining race, you must wake up each day and practice, prepare and train to be your best.

by Jon Gordon

The way players react to wins and losses, how they handle pressure and “big points,” and the unbelievable shots they make not only inspire me but also offer pointers that I can use in my everyday life.

by Anne Simpkinson

This success of this book and movie made me think about why we hesitate to change. What do you think?

by Anne Simpkinson

Be the best you can be and success will follow

When our goal is to be the best we can be, the outcome is often success.

by Jon Gordon

Just keep pitching those fast balls. In other words, show up, take risks, and success will follow.

by Anne Simpkinson

Walter, age 18, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

A young man almost gives up on his dream of going to college, only to find success in an unexpected way.

by Walter Jaskiewicz
, Miller Place, New York

Guatemala, Yellowstone, and a surprising spot in D.C.

by Alina Larson

It struck me what a stirring personal growth movie this was...with love, guilt and redemption all thrown in to the pot.

by Anne Simpkinson

Marni and Tula changed their lives

How a diabetic dog and her loving owner realized they needed to undergo a journey of personal growth.

by Marni Rader
, Sherman Oaks, California

How this baseball player found his faith

How Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge's journey of personal growth helped him find the faith to win again.

by Brad Lidge
, Englewood, Colorado

The bride-to-be and her grandma

The happiness one mom felt at the news of her daughter's engagement turns to panic when she realizes she needs advice on how to be the mother of the bride!

by Kathryn Slattery

Need a little self-improvement? These tips will help you get motivated and keep you on track!

by Anne Simpkinson

Personal growth: Diet was self-improvement and lifesaver for her nephew

She was overweight and needed a little self-improvement. Then her nephew needed an organ donor...

by Brunella Gualerzi
, Grand Junction, Colorado

Syndicate content