The power that transforms a caterpillar into a butterfly will transform you and your business. But you must be willing to change. Every living thing on this earth is designed for growth. However, not many people dedicate themselves to a deliberate programme of growth. This is because growth requires change, and most of us are resistant to change. But without change, growth is impossible. Life is designed for motion not stagnation. Those who put up with stagnation eventually end up in frustration. The average person may not mind change as long as it affects someone else. But we must put up resistance when it affects us personally.
Dear reader, if you are not changing, you are not growing. Growing means giving up familiar but limiting beliefs, values, work, relationships or thought patterns. Change is inevitable. Everybody must deal with it because if we are not growing we start dying. Make a commitment to grow to your maximum potential. Make a commitment to be a self-developer. You will live a satisfying and fulfilling life because the happiest people are those who are growing every day. Dr David Oyedepo once said; “Life is a journey, life is not a station. Those who want to make it a station end up in frustration.”
Life is designed for growth, for continuous improvement. To experience personal development, you must make a choice for growth, because growth is a choice. When you have done what you should do, God will do what you cannot do. It is not possible for you to try and maintain your current position and make progress at the same time. Don’t dig in, but keep moving. Settle this once and for all. The only way to improve the quality of your life is to improve yourself. To grow your business, grow yourself. To have a better wife, be a better husband. To have better children, be a better parent. To have better friends, be a better friend. One of the greatest discoveries you will make in life is this: as you change and improve, things and people change and improve around you. Since the only person you really have the ability to change anyway is yourself, begin by changing yourself. Make a choice to grow every day. And start with what you have where you were. The things that you have done to grow are very basic. But they are things you have done daily over a long period of time. Things like breathing, eating, sleeping and going to toilet. Take note that they are things you must do for yourself. You see, growth is a non-transferable responsibility; start now. Feed your mind with the Bible, with books, with tapes. And begin to apply the things you are learning. Change your attitude and God will change your altitude.
John Maxwell, author and leadership expert once said, “you can be young only once, but you can be immature indefinitely, because growth is not automatic.”
There is nothing that brings contentment in life like growth. Whatever or whoever is not growing becomes a source of concern. Growth has many advantages. When we grow, we change. And when we change, things happen around us. Life becomes more favourable. You see, there are blessings reserved for us in life. We cannot gain access to them until we are matured enough to handle them. Growth today guarantees a better tomorrow. Life responds to values not titles. When you add to your personal value every day, you will eventually attract what you are worth.
Now to grow, you must be teachable. The greatest obstacle to growth may not be ignorance. It may be knowledge. The point at which you feel you know it all is the point at which you stop growing. Really, the more you know, the more you should know that you don’t know. No wonder former basketball coach, John Wooden once said, “it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Always remember that there is a higher level than where you are. And when you remain teachable, your potential is almost limitless.
Be wise. Be a lifetime learner having mental read a book. Attend the seminar.
Dr Myles Munroe, author, pastoral and motivational speaker once paradoxically said, “the greatest enemy of progress is success.” And he is right. Having the feeling that you have arrived because of a major accomplishment can take away your desire to learn and to grow. It can give one what we call destination disease. We must be careful about our attitude to the trappings of success that seek to develop in us that feeling that we have arrived. We must always remind ourselves that success is a journey, not a destination. We can’t arrive until we exit this world.
Dear reader, stay hungry. Never stay satisfied with current accomplishments. Now, to keep growing you must great time to invest in yourself. You will be amazed how much you can take in while riding your car or while travelling. Henry Ford said, “it’s been my observation that most successful people get ahead during the time the others waste.” Always have a book, a magazine or an MP3 player handy. Keep taking in information. Output answers to inputs. You can’t get out of yourself more than you have got into yourself.
It is also important that you focus on the few major themes. You can’t grow in every direction. You just can’t become an expert in every field. Focus on your most important roles and goals in life and keep learning in those areas. John Maxwell once said, “self-development draws you towards your destiny.”
No business will outgrow its chief executive. To grow outside, you must first grow inside. And to experience continuous growth, you must have a definite plan for growth. We cannot leave our personal development to chance or to extra time. We hardly have surplus time anyway. Growth must be deliberate. So, schedule time for your spiritual growth daily. Schedule time to plan your day or your week. Schedule time to read books or listen to tapes. Schedule time to attend seminars and conferences. Schedule time with your mentors.
Remember consistency is important. If plants are soaked in large amounts of water only once a week or once a month, they will soon die. They take in water consistently. Just make sure you are learning something new every day. Be willing to pay the price for growth. It requires discipline. It is easier to watch comedy on TV than to pray or to read. It costs money to buy books and tapes.
However, remember that in your life, pain is inevitable. It is either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of regret is worse. Through discipline, you can make investment in your life today. Investment is the key to achievement. Theodore Roosevelt, a former president of the United States once said, “there has not yet been a person in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.”
You must rise to a new level, so that you can take your business to a new level. Pay the price for growth today. You will win the prize of success tomorrow.
You will succeed!