CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING LEADERS (Part 5): GROWTH

25 May

When you hear the word ‘growth,’ what thoughts cross your mind? Can you picture a natural change in some physical, perhaps bodily, features in plants and animals. Or on the other hand, you think about improvement in economies: the nation’s GDP and other factors.

If you’ve thought about any of these points I had just mentioned, you have a good insight on what growth is. And here is the good news: you are about to learn something new about what you’ve always known.

Nothing excites me than growth. I’m so passionate about improving myself in all areas — spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, mentally, my writing and speaking skills. I don’t know about you, but I dislike being the way I was last week, or even being the way I am today next week. I love and enjoy change.

Few years ago when I become passionate about personal development, I thought everyone in my community was well aware of this inevitable process in the human life. Unfortunately, what I found left me wondering how much people are unprepared for the future, with the realities and opportunities tied around it. However, it’s never too late to start growing today.

1. Know Yourself to Grow Yourself

The first question everyone who desires to improve on some areas of life — be it physically, emotionally, academically, mentally, spiritually — is that of purpose. It’s so sad that many people are yet to discover why they exist. God has created everyone with a unique role to play on this planet.

No man on earth can tell you who you are. It is predestined by God, and only Him knows. You definitely need a connection with your Manufacturer to know why He’s made you. If you find it, you’re on your way to success.

2. Make Growth a Project

You can’t improve what you’ve not found. When you discover your purpose, make it your vision. Then put up a plan to pursue reaching the goal(s) you’ve set for yourself. Remember to set great goals, even if they look bigger than your physical self. Don’t judge who you want to become by what you are at present.

Think of growth as a process. It’s a lifetime journey. When you are done putting things in order and willing to start growing, get on track immediately and work yourself into it. If you stay committed to your specific, achievable and realistic goals, you will find that it becomes a project you need to work on everyday.

3. Feed Your Dream

The greatest dream killer is a negative environment. It has nothing to offer your dreams. If you’re not careful, people with low minds will be successful in talking you out of what you desire to achieve. They will give you a thousand and one reasons why you can’t achieve it. If your surrounding conditions doesn’t favour growth, apply Christ’s formula: withdraw from the crowd and find a place that can allow you go about your business. (Luke 2:42 – 52)

If you can’t change your location (school, office, home, church), feed your mind with great books that will help you grow. Meet some positive people, even if it means going to the next city to look for them, and get some encouraging piece of advice. Your environment impacts your dream and influences who you can become. You have to remember this: they really need to see the your dream become a reality. The next step will help you achieve this.

4. Start Now!

One reason most people don’t grow is because they wait for the best time to start. But really, growth doesn’t come to those who wait. I’ve found that it is attracted by only people who become intentional about improving. To make any remarkable achievement in any area of life, act out your decisions.

If you really desire to grow, you will have to start where you are with what you have. You may start with being unsatisfied with your present state — without hating it. Find your strength zone, get outside your comfort zone and start the journey towards excellence. But understand, you’ll be traveling an endless road.

5. Do it Everyday.

Making decisions isn’t hard. Managing them is a bit more difficult. But growth is gained on a difficult ground. You need to pay your dues. The key to improvement is repetition.

During service last week, a boy played the violin almost perfectly. I was intrigued. I wanted to know if my friend, who sat next to me, appreciates the 12-year-old too. “I know him,” he replied. “He plays different instruments and he finds all fun. He is really good at it.”

The true goal of growth isn’t to become the best; it’s about getting better every day. Be committed to growth. Make it fun. At the end of each day, ask yourself: What have I learned today? Am I better than I was this morning? What can I learn tomorrow when I go out?

Seize every opportunity to develop yourself into who you really want to become. Follow your dream. Make improving a daily project. Learn, grow, live, and lead.

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I’ll be glad to hear from you: What other tip would you like to add? Please share.

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7 Responses to “CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING LEADERS (Part 5): GROWTH”

  1. William abiodun May 26, 2013 at 23:22 #

    What if u dont have any where to go but to remain in type dat environment what wil u do? I ned enlightment pls

  2. David O. Lawal May 26, 2013 at 23:52 #

    @William,

    Thanks for stopping by to read.

    In such a situation that doesn’t favour your vacating the environment, you will have to strengthen your influence. You must become faster and smarter with who gets to influence whom first.

    I addressed a similar issue in the preceding part of this series. Part 3: Irritability. I hope you’ll find it insightful and helpful.

    Once again, thank you. Stay alert. Many more insights coming your way.

  3. Kyepari May 29, 2013 at 09:36 #

    An eagle that grows with a brood of chickens behaves thesame way as the chickens. It can’t soar higher than usual until it discovers its true self and worth. Know yourself and make a large room for growth. Remember never to imitate someone’s life because IMITATION IS LIMITATION. Work on yourself, self discipline is always the best growth measure. Keep growing leaders!!!

  4. Ayo August 13, 2013 at 08:39 #

    That was an inspiring note. Thanks

  5. Macawesomeville August 13, 2013 at 10:00 #

    Make sense

  6. Ayo victor oluwaseun August 13, 2013 at 10:34 #

    Sacrifice is one of the main keys to growth you have to sacrifice the pleasures of today for the comfort of tomorrow “IT’S EITHER U PAY NOW AND PLAY LATER OR YOU PLAY NOW & PAY LATER”.Bishop David oyedepo.divine success is our inheritance from GOD but to get it/there,you have to grow to get it/there.& Remember this that growth is a continous process that’s why it has a continous tense “GROWING” so don’t expect a quick growth to success it deals with time that’s why it has steps to push you up.so work with time loved one & you will surely get there.i leave you with this for now & many more are coming….using this opportunity to thank the host my very own brother David more oil to your lamp sir

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