Are you growing or dying?Jun 28, 2023
In any area of life, we are either growing and improving or dying and declining.
There is no neutral.
Atrophy is a real thing, and it doesn’t just apply to muscles. It is the gradual decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect.
It applies to our muscles, minds, health, relationships and our skills.
No living entity can remain stagnant indefinitely; it is against the very laws of nature.
This fact can be a source of both terror for some, and inspiration for others, depending on one’s perspective.
One of the most common mistakes we make as individuals is choosing to believe that playing it safe, avoiding risks, and shying away from new experiences will shield us from harm.
By standing still, we inadvertently stunt our growth and gradually wither within the confines of our comfort zone.
Success in life is rarely attained effortlessly; it requires dedicated effort to do the work required to grow ourselves as individuals.
It requires a conscious commitment to personal, professional, and intellectual development.
It entails upgrading the essential aspects of our lives and seeking better ways to work, live, make decisions, think, and utilize our limited time on this earth that God has entrusted us to steward.
As coach Lou Holtz wisely remarked, "In this world, you're either growing or you're dying, so get in motion and grow."
It’s important to periodically pause and reflect: Have we grown or are we the same individuals we were a year ago?
Have we deepened our relationships with our loved ones?
Can we upgrade our skills and tools to expedite progress in our profession?
When was the last time we read a transformative book or listened to an inspiring podcast?
By consciously embarking on a path of growth, we engage in activities that invigorate our spirit, grow our minds, and amplify our sense of purpose.
Conversely, a path devoid of growth planning can lead to a gradual erosion of both body and mind, resulting in a slow descent toward an unimpactful, uneventful, and unfulfilled life.
Regardless of our age or circumstances, change is an ever-present force in our lives. Our beliefs, thoughts, and actions are constantly changing.
Through the change, the question remains: Have we grown wiser, healthier, or wealthier in the past five years? Are we better equipped to give, serve, and offer value to others?
Engaging in intentional self-improvement physically, intellectually, and socially is a choice that requires ongoing dedication. It is a continual work in progress.
It won’t always be comfortable, but remember, maximum growth takes place outside one’s comfort zone.
Ready for more growth, more impact and more fulfillment?
Good! Let’s get uncomfortable and keep growing together!
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Until next week,