Personal growth is more than just hitting milestones; it's figuring out what you stand for for the rest of your life. Click through for 5 ways to achieve personal growth in your 20s.

The life of a twenty-something is a constant bout of personal growth. From college, to grad school, to post-grad employment millennials experience new opportunities and milestones at nearly every bend in the journey.

So many decisions need to be made: where to live? where to work? who to marry? when to have children, if ever? and the list goes on and on.

What some of us forget, however, is that growth is more than simply reaching traditional milestones and living the life others want for us. Personal growth must come from within, and it’s much more important to focus on growing who we are to become our best selves.

So, how do we do that? Luckily, GenTwenty has five fierce ways to help you achieve personal growth in your twenties:

1. Push yourself out of your comfort zone.

It goes without saying that in order to grow, you have to try new things that you might not be comfortable with. Yet, too many of us shy away from challenges and our own fears.

To alleviate these inner qualms, GenTwenty has designed a seven-day comfort zone challenge to help you break down those barriers and push yourself. Breaking out of your comfort zone is bound to open you up to a whole new world, helping you grow into a more confident person.

Sign up for the free 7 day #G20ComfortZoneChallenge here:

Remember, use the hashtag #G20ComfortZoneChallenge on social media to join the community of others who are trying to break out of their comfort zones, too!

2. Remember, this is a defining decade, but it’s just a stage.

Putting too much pressure on the stretch of twenty-something years can be daunting. Yes, this is a defining decade, but it’s not as though we can’t still grow during our thirties, forties, and fifties.

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We’re human beings, which means we’re constantly evolving and adapting to our surroundings. Exterior occurrences enter our lives, and sometimes we have no choice but to adapt to them. Events like death, sickness, divorce, separation, job loss, or other life crises may happen to us.

We must, however, learn to be resilient during our twenties to prepare for some of these unforeseeable moments. This is a defining decade, but it doesn’t define every part of life after we turn thirty.

Try to always remind yourself life happens in stages and we need to get through the one we’re in to move on to and grow for the next.

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3. Prepare for the future.

You don’t need to map out every year of the rest of your life, but do have a blueprint in mind.

When you would prefer to get married? Do you want to own a home someday? If so, when and where? If having children is important to you, do you want to be comfortable in your career or delay a demanding job until after your children are starting grade school?

These are the kinds of questions you should ask yourself. You don’t have to know all the answers right now, but you should have an idea of what you want in the future, and chip away at smaller goals that will help get you there. Mapping out your life, even if only tentatively, will help you grow in that direction.

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4. Learn to love yourself and mean it.

Most of us struggle with body image and confidence issues, in that we completely see ourselves in distorted and false ways. We think we’re too fat, unlovable, ugly, or average and the negativity needs to stop. None of us are perfect, but no one is!

During your twenties, you should make it a priority to learn to love yourself and mean it. Don’t lie to yourself to believe it.

Truly spend time loving the reflection you see in the mirror. Your body is yours and yours alone. The way it feels, how it moves, how it looks, those are only your experiences. Loving the way you look in your favorite outfit or the way your hair looks when you get it done, that’s what it’s all about!

Live your life in a way that doesn’t force you to compare yourself to others. Rather than focus on what you don’t have, embrace what you do! Personal growth is all about loving yourself. It may take awhile to learn to love who you are and/or what you look like, but it’s so worth it when you do. You’re special. Remember that! We all are, in our own ways.

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5. Stay true to who you are.

Challenges will surface and moments will occur that are bound to make you question who you are and where you’re going in life. Remain try to yourself.

Don’t allow fear, doubt, money, heartache, or the risk of failure stop you from moving forward. You need to grow and flourish. Your twenty-something years are some of the best to grow into the person you want to become. Just remember to be you, okay?

Growth during our twenties is essential and inevitable. We’re all outgrowing adolescence, becoming young adults, and morphing into full-fledged adults in a series of experiences and challenges. Live the life YOU yearn for, not the one others want for you. In order to grow into your best self, you must be true to your goals while also balancing out trying new things.

Life, in whole, is a vivid experience. Don’t waste it!

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