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.
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.”
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.