Anyone who has dreams, goals, or aspirations, needs to grow to achieve them. You must become intentional about growth if you want to make your goals and fulfill purpose. Some mistaken beliefs create gaps that keep you from growing and reaching your potential. Some of these misconceptions about growth include:
The Assumption Gap makes you assume that you will automatically grow.
Many people carry into adulthood a belief that mental, spiritual, and emotional growth comes on its own. However, we don’t improve by simply living. We have to be intentional about it.
The Knowledge Gap – I don’t know how to grow.
“If you are clear with what you want, the world responds with clarity.” -Loretta Staples
Many people learn only from the school of hard knock. Painful experiences teach them lessons the hard way.
Life lessons make people change – sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse. It’s much better to plan your growth intentionally.
You decide where you need to grow, you choose what you will learn, and you follow through with discipline going at the pace you set.
The Timing Gap – It is not the right time to begin.
Most people don’t act as quickly as they should on things. They find themselves subject to the Law of Diminishing Intent, which says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it”.
The Mistake Gap – I’m afraid of making mistakes.
Growing means admitting you don’t have the answers. It requires making mistakes.
If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes.
“A mistake is simply another way of doing things.” -Warren Bennis
To become intentional about growing, expect to make mistakes every day and welcome them as a sign that you are moving in the right direction.
The Perfection Gap – I have to find the best way before I start.
Similar to the Mistake Gap is the Perfection Gap, the desire to find the “best” way to get started in a growth plan. However, you have to get started if you want to find the best way.
The Inspiration Gap – I don’t feel like doing it.
Motivation to keep doing things comes after you start, and this makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.
Did you know? Charlie Brown, in Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, once fell for the assumption gap, he once said, “I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.”The problem is that we don’t improve by simply living. We have to be intentional about it.
You must make the transition to intentional growth
It is better to make the transition to becoming intentional about your personal growth, growth compounds, and accelerates if you remain intentional about it. Here’s how to make the change:
- Ask the big question now.
- Ask yourself the question, “how far can I go?” You may not be able to answer the problem yet. But it will help you set the direction, if not the distance.
- Where do you want to go in life?
- What direction do you want to go?
- What’s the farthest you can imagine going?
Ask the big question now.
“No one can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.” -James Russell Lowell
Answering those questions will get you started on the personal-growth journey. The best you can hope to do in life is to make the most out of whatever you’ve been given. You do that by investing in yourself, making yourself the best you can be.
- Give growing your best so you can become your best.
- Do it now.
- Face the fear factor.
- Change from accidental to intentional growth.
People like remaining in their comfort zone. They get in a smooth groove and they don’t try to break out if it – even when it’s taking them in the wrong direction. After a while, they just get by. If they learn something, it’s because of a happy accident. Don’t let that happen to you!
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the length. Do not get in a rut.
If you want to reach your potential and become the person you were created to be, you must do much more than just experience life and hope that you learn what you need along the way. You must go out of your way to seize growth opportunities as if your future depended on it. Growth doesn’t just happen – not for me, not for you, not for anybody. You have to go after it!
The law of awareness.
To grow, you must know yourself: your strengths and weaknesses, your interests, and opportunities. You must be able to gauge not only where you’ve been, but also where you are now. Otherwise you cannot set a course for where you want to go.
Every time you want to learn something, you must be able to take the new thing you’ve learned today and build upon what you learned yesterday to keep growing.
Did you know? Most people underestimate the unimportance of nearly everything in their lives. They get distracted. As a result, they put growth on the back burner, and if they do grow, it happens accidentally instead of intentionally.
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