There is a saying that if you are not growing, then you are dying. There is no in between. Either there is growth in one or more areas of your life or those areas wither.
Think about it, one of the ways doctors evaluate whether a newborn is thriving or not is by monitoring their growth. While physical growth stops at some point in our lives, other forms of growth should not.
What does growth mean to you?
The bigger question is “What exactly is growth?” This is a question every individual should ask themselves and truthfully answer.
For me, growth is developing a healthy self-esteem and positive life skills. It is becoming better today than you were yesterday. Better in your response to frustrating events, better in being patient, better in productivity, better in the way you see and treat yourself, better as a friend, better as a parent, and the list goes on.
As you grow to become better, it also means that you have to allow the negative things in your life to shrink. If the negative things don’t shrink, it may hinder healthy growth.
Don’t get overwhelmed, instead prioritize
If you think about all the areas in your life where you could be experiencing growth, you could easily get overwhelmed. This is where setting priorities comes in, and learning to focus only on the most important at a particular time.
I like this quote from Chris Myers article on forbes.com
It’s always possible to prioritize things in your life; it just isn’t always easy.
While it will not always be easy, it is possible. You will get better at it, with more practice. Another thing that goes hand in hand with setting priorities, is staying organized. This frees your mind from worrying about the possibility of missing something important.
Make growth happen
One of the major ways I have found we can grow, is by reading and learning, not just reading for the sake of it, but reading to gain exposure, to expand your thinking, to learn, to improve and to be inspired to become better than you were.
So the key is that when you are done reading, you drop the book and act on what you have learned until it becomes your new normal.
As we go into 2018, I wish you all the best, and may 2018 be a year of healthy growth for you and yours.
Will like to hear from you, so drop your comments, and share your experiences.