Monday, December 17, 2007

Personal Growth Part 1

Jim Rohn said, "The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development."

As we creep ever so slowly to the dropping of the ball signaling the end of 2007 and on into 2008 I thought it would be pertinent to talk about personal growth. If there is one thing that I could tell you that should be on the top of your goals/new year resolutions for this coming year it would be to Grow Yourself.

As you set out to lead your church, business, department, or even family it is vital that you develop a plan that will help you grow. Personal growth is a journey because it doesn't happen overnight. It is a journey because it is an adventure taking you to places within yourself that you have never been. As you get closer and closer to your destination and you feel the growth taking place you will have a sense of excitement.

Truth is personal growth is a process and a destination. It is a process filled with steps that lead you to being and becoming a better person. It is a destination that truly never ends as you find out when you reach it, there is one more that is farther down the road.

As we step out on this road to personal growth let me give you a few things that it is going to take:
  1. Change - Most people think where they are is just fine. Truth is if you aren't going forward you are going backward. I say backward with intention there as there is no such thing as staying still. If you don't use it you lose it. Change is a decision that must be made and accepted if you are to grow.
  2. Perseverance - Many people start, successful people finish. Truth is growing is not an easy task. And a plan of growth is going to take time. You don't grow overnight, you grow as you develop and stay consistent in your plan.
  3. Work - It is hard work. It is setting aside time everyday to work on yourself. It is easy to sit and do nothing. It is easy to stay right where you are. It takes work to become the person you are destined to be.
  4. Action - It take starting. You must start. Don't hesitate. Don't shrink back. Go forward one step at a time. Burn the bridges of nonresistance behind you. Spring forth into a life of purpose.
What are you waiting for?

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