Whatever You Do, Focus On Personal Growth First

Whatever You Do, Focus On Personal Growth First

Benjamin Franklin once said, “God helps those who help themselves.” I read that quote and remembered Jesus said that you must first remove the log from your eye before you remove the speck from your brother’s eye. When we first focus on fixing people, we are missing the key to all our problems. We need to fix ourselves first through personal growth. Rather than try and mold others to fit our lives we should focus on who we are and whom we are trying to become.

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

Our thoughts, behavior, and actions contribute to each situation. Life does not have to be a chess match or the Kentucky Derby where you are always battling for position. Stop trying to control your environment. Doing so will cause you much stress and unhappiness. In the end, you may find yourself alone. Instead of spending time worrying about others focus on the one person you can control.

Personal growth is a lifelong process.

Personal development is the activities that help us improve our awareness and identity. The five areas of life are Spiritual, finances, relationships, profession and health & wellness.

5 Areas of Personal Growth

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We go through phases, and so do each of the five major areas of our life. None of them are on the same level as the other. We might be spiritually and physically healthy, but our finances are in the gutter. Relationships might be moving in the right direction, but our profession is lagging behind. Each area of our lives may need more attention than others. I believe the threshold for balance is an 8 out of 10. That level is sustainable and achievable across all areas.

John C. Maxwell said, “I vividly remember a conversation I had many years ago in 1974, which marked a turning point in my leadership journey. I was sitting at a Holiday Inn with my friend, Kurt Campmeyer, when he asked me if I had a personal growth plan. I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know you were supposed to have one.”

6 Essential Areas of Life

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Our personal development is what drives us, why we exist, our purpose and what we strive for. As we begin to understand our vision we should develop an individual growth plan. This program includes short and long-term goals in each area of our life. The goals should improve the quality of life but also make an impact on your current performance. Personal growth is transformational. Investing in ourselves over a lifetime will produce dividends.

Life Is A Puzzle

Life is a puzzle that can be difficult to put together. You don’t have the picture on the box to help you put the pieces together. Most of us are just missing the one piece that brings it all together. You have all the gifts, strengths and potential you need to live a life of growth. The one thing missing is ‘YOU’.

Take control and master your life.

The rest will fall into place. Your environment will begin to produce opportunities, and the right people will come along. The one thing that you have complete control over is ‘YOU’. Many people do not exercise or recognize the ability they have to control their lives.

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  • Hey Kirby,
    I love that line, “The one thing you have control over is you.” It is empowering to focus on the many things that we can change. It really is amazing how much we could alter the course of our entire lives–both for the good and the bad–in a single day, if we were to choose to do so.

    • Self-Control and Self-Regulation are strengths for everyone. Some of us are better at it than others. But we all have that strength which we find ourselves using when we have a real need. Thanks Jed for your participation and encouragement.

  • I really love John C. Maxwell. I started reading one of his books a few months ago and then life got busy so it got pushed to the side. I am generally more of a fiction reader, but I think I am going to have to get back to reading that one. It was so good. Just like this post. We have to always be growing and improving, not settling for good enough.

    • John Maxwell has a great story. I really enjoy his leadership advice. I also used his daily reader two years ago and I believe it made a difference. Thanks for commenting.

  • I always have to remind myself to do everything in moderation to keep a balance – I tend to find one thing to work on and go all in, letting other things fall aside, and that’s not good either.

    • Thanks for commenting. Moderation is a quality which requires control. What do you do to moderate?

  • De Bolton

    I am such a work in progress but I am working towards developing myself every day.

    • Continued forward progress is a great quality. Sounds like you know where you want to go. How do you develop yourself daily?

  • Deborah Will

    Great thoughts. Yes those charts change, but the one for me that has to remain at least constant but it should be moving upwards is the spiritual one.

    • I am so glad that your spiritual life is growing. Stay strong if faith and I wish you continued success.

  • Goodness, what a great reminder. I love that chart you shared because I sure do have a lot of growing to do!

    • Growing is a natural part of life. We all have a lot, sometimes we realize it and sometimes we don’t. Remember we don’t have to play catch up it is a life long process and we must trust in the process.