Growth is inevitable. Whether you like it or not, biologically, your body will grow. Synonymous to life is growth; it starts from the beginning of life–the conception in the womb. Growth happens over time, so you see a day-old foetus develop into a nine-month-old baby, a baby becomes a toddler, a toddler becomes an adolescent, an adult, and finally till old age.
Yes, you and I know very well that this biological growth is not within our control; it’s natural, it’s life!
However, there are other sides to us as a being. We not only have our biological part but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of us needing to grow.
Now you know pretty well that there are two sides of growth: growth we have control over and growth that we do not have control over. Imagine that which we do not have control over going about its work, doing what it is supposed to be doing at certain hours, days, months, and years. Why then won’t we allow the other aspects of us that we have control over to grow?
If we do not grow in areas we have control over, there will be some imbalance in our lives. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure we grow on all sides, making the intentional effort to ensure we do the work necessary for growth, especially in areas we have 100% control.
Growth connotes increase, advancement, becoming bigger and better. Growing means you are stretching your capacity to do more and achieve more. Increasing your capacity requires that you put more significant effort that moves you out of your comfort zone, from your current position to the next level.
Not all efforts or exerted energy would result in growth; to achieve the result, efforts must be strategically channeled. This means that you need to have clearly defined growth goals for all aspects of your life.
When you have mapped out your growth goals, you know what you want to achieve; the next step is to understand how to accomplish these goals–learning.
One foundational requirement for growing is learning. Your ability to learn reflects your capacity to grow. The more you know, the better equipped you are to perform, the better you grow. If living is to grow, then to grow is to learn—this is just the truth.
Any area requiring growth demands we learn and understand what or what not to do. This will make the growing process a little easier and gentle for us.
For instance, if, as part of my career growth goals, I want to be proficient in MS Office packages, I would have to, first of all, learn how to use the software and then begin to practice to improve proficiency. If I refuse to understand before using that software, I would fumble, struggle, and eventually fail.
The journey of growth is one of being deliberate, conscious, and intentional. These things take a lot of effort and work to do, but the journey becomes a little more interesting when we know what to do and what not to do.
For you to truly see any visible transformational growth in your life, you must learn to decide. You will have to make many decisions in your growth journey, small and big decisions relevant to your growth goals.
You will also learn discipline. Your ability to be disciplined regarding your character, routine, schedules, finances, time, etc., will keep you focused on your journey. Discipline is critical to achieving or seeing visible results in your growth journey.
Meanwhile, having discipline in itself isn’t easy because it will require that you let go of many things, not in line with who you want to become.
You must learn determination, which helps you not give up when confronted with obstacles, challenges and limitations or temptations. In your growth journey, you will surely have to confront issues at different phases.
Imagine the teething pains babies go through to grow teeth to eat other forms of food, the number of times children will fall and hurt themselves before they can walk and move about on their own. Like other areas of our growth life, there will always be ups and downs, but our learning to be determined and not get weary or give up gives us the staying power.
You must learn consistency; nothing grows when it is not consistently done. You cannot achieve good academic results if you aren’t consistent with your study. You cannot reach your business goals if you are not regular or consistent with your business ethics and presence. You cannot climb to the top ladder of your career if you are not consistent with your attendance and productivity at work. You cannot achieve your fitness goal if you are not consistent with your diet or workout routine.
Consistency will produce the result and the outcome you want. So to grow, you must learn to decide, to be disciplined, determined, and consistent.
Friends, don’t ever be deceived; if you desire to experience growth in any area of your life, you must learn, and guess what; learning is continuous just as growth is. It will stretch you, but it will be worth it.
When you need help, please reach out to trusted people; it makes the growth journey a lot easier. Reach out to me if you have to, it is my joy to be part of your growth journey.
Keep growing, dear.
Love is all I have,
Transformational Growth Catalyst