Regardless of who you are, at this very moment there is some form of personal growth that you desire. It is human nature to seek growth, improvement and success. It can take many forms. Perhaps you want greater success in your career, maybe you want to be healthier or maybe you are seeking a more spiritual life. It doesn’t matter how great your life is, there is always something that could be better.

Unfortunately, change is hard. It just is. It takes time, effort and commitment to alter our habits and personal traits. That’s why it is so important that you set yourself up for your best chance at achieving your goals. The simplest way to do this is to surround yourself with the people and tools that make getting where you want to go easier. Here are a few ways to alter your environment in such a way that it will support your goals.

Set Up Your Physical Space

Your physical surroundings have a much greater impact on your frame of mind than you realize. It can be difficult to control your space at work, but at home all things are possible.

Clutter in your home breeds disorganization in your mind. The best place to start is with a good cleaning. This is a bigger challenge for some than for others, but everyone needs to address it. Let go of all the things that you no longer use or do not enjoy. Just let them go. Then roll up your sleeves and give your space a good cleaning, from clearing the cobwebs off the ceiling to carpet cleaning the floors and everything in between.

Once you have a clean slate, it’s time to fill your home with tools that help you succeed. If your goal is to get healthier, you need to make sure that everything in your fridge and cabinets will help you get there. If you want to increase the spirituality in your life, it’s time to set up a dedicated meditation spot filled with everything you need for a peaceful session. It doesn’t matter what the goal is, it only matters that your home becomes a tool that helps you achieve it rather than a place that makes it harder.

Invest in Professional Help

If you are really committed to reaching a goal, then you should be willing to seek out and listen to advice from the people who know how to help you. This could be getting counseling help, asking someone to mentor you, joining a gym or becoming a member of a religious organization.

If one-on-one assistance isn’t available or not appropriate for your particular goal, then it’s time to shop for books or videos on Amazon or take up a streaming membership with an organization or specialty channel that specializes in what you want to change. Regardless of what you want, someone else once wanted that too and they figured out a way to do it that works. Look for that wisdom and when you find it, take advantage of it.

Surround Yourself With the Right People

This one is hard but too important to ignore. Nothing influences your behavior more than the five or six people that you spend the majority of your time with. If you really want to change, you are going to have to change who you surround yourself with.

If weight loss is your goal, you have to cut ties with the Dessert of the Month Club and start hanging with your new friends from Weight Watchers. They share your goals and will support you in achieving them. If you want to increase your level of success and be more financially successful, the buddies you drink beer with at the bar or play video games with are not going to help you get there. You need to surround yourself with people who support your dreams and inspire you to be better.

Personal growth in any area of your life is achievable, but you have to be willing to make core changes and create space in your life for those changes to take root and flourish.