Growth is a lifetime process and a daily decision. It doesn’t
happen automatically; you have to be intentional about growing
every single day.
I love Charlie Brown, but he was misguided when he said, “I
think I’ve discovered the secret of life—you just hang around
until you get used to it.” The only way that can be true is if
you have no interest in improving.
You don’t improve by simply living.
Bruce Springsteen once said, “A time comes when you need to
stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man
you want to be.” No one accidentally improves. If you want to
improve, you must improve yourself.
Have you ever seen a leader who is in a rut? This is a dangerous
place to be! It usually starts with falling into a comfortable,
easy groove, where the leader coasts along with no thought toward
breaking out of it.
John Maxwell has some clear words on this type of leadership:
“The only difference between a rut and a grave is the
Lou Holtz said it this way, “In this world you’re either
growing or you’re dying.”
So let me ask you a very important question, how much time have
you specifically scheduled for personal growth? If you’re like
most people, your answer will probably be none. But you need to
hear this, my friend:
Growth is optional. It’s completely up to
Hope is not an effective strategy; especially when it comes to
improving yourself. I want to encourage you to schedule an
appointment with yourself every day for personal growth.
If you truly want to grow, do whatever it takes to make this
happen. Wake up an hour earlier, stay up an hour later, spend your
lunch hour on it, do whatever it takes to make time for your
personal growth daily. It’s that important!
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One’s philosophy is not best
expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In
the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The
process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are
ultimately our own responsibility.”
If you want to reach your goals and see your dreams
become reality, you must do more than just experience
life. It is imperative that you’re intentional about
seizing growth opportunities as if your future depended on it.
Because it does!
Remember, growth doesn’t happen by accident. You have to seize
it—today, and for the rest of your life.
Don’t just live and hope you’ll grow; grow and you’ll
learn to live!