Three (3) Challenges to Personal growth (1) and Five (5) Ways to Sustain Personal Growth

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*Title: Three (3) Challenges to Personal growth and Five (5) Ways to Sustain Personal Growth

Scripture:
‘Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.’Proverbs 3:13 NIV

The cost of personal growth

Here are three reasons we don’t experience personal growth:

1) We think it comes strictly from experience.

Believing personal growth comes only from experience, is like an archer shooting arrows off-target and thinking he’s improving simply because he keeps on shooting.

Experience is only profitable if you learn from it and start hitting your target.

Pulitzer prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti said, ‘Hell begins on the day God grants us a clear vision of all we might have achieved… the gifts we wasted…and all we might have done but didn’t do.’

Don’t end your life regretting the time and opportunities you wasted. Use every opening God gives you to grow, starting today.

2) We think growth comes strictly from information.

Have you ever known someone who was absolutely brilliant yet never seemed to accomplish anything of benefit for God, themselves, or others?

They’re like an encyclopaedia filled with knowledge that has no value because it’s never used.

The greatest obstacle to personal growth isn’t ignorance; it’s the illusion of knowledge!

The Bible says, ‘Be…doers of the word, and not hearers only’ (James 1:22 KJV).

3) We assume growth is automatic.

When we are children growth comes naturally.

During that time there are parents, coaches, and teachers challenging us to develop on a daily basis, so we get used to growth.

The problem comes when we get out of school and nobody is pushing us to grow or go any further.

The price of growth is always less than the cost of ignorance and stagnation.

And the truth is, if you don’t take responsibility for your personal growth – it won’t happen!

Now, Five (5) Ways to Sustain and Maintain Personal Growth:

1) Pencil Down Lessons from Past Experience (s)

Ask questions concerning your prior experiences and write them down like:

What worked?

What didn’t work?

Why didn’t it work?

What adjustment can I make?

How do I apply the feedback?

When should I begin to apply the feedback in my future growth projection areas?

2)Set Goals

Set Actionable Short, Medium and Long Term Goals for key growth areas

3) Get Accountability Partners.

Get accountability partners in each growth area that can give you honesty feedback, valuable suggestions for growth and encourage you to achieve your set goals.

4)Action

Act now in key growth area. Never be found stagnant. Keep moving.

God never uses a parked horse or car.

Motion is progress if correction from prior feedback system is applied at scale for growth.

5) Celebrate

Celebrate your successes and failures no matter how insignificant or significant it might seem.

We learn more from failures than from success, so don’t give up too soon!

Keep moving?Take that step this week in Jesus name, Amen

First step

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