How’s your growth over time?

Posted: May 14, 2012 in LIFE Business
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If someone was a teenager and hadn’t grown since they were 10yrs old, there could be a chance for alarm. It’s so easy to see issues of growth physically but most people aren’t looking for growth internally.  Learning is an area in someones life that they don’t have limitations.  I know that if I wanted to get ripped physically I would eventually plateau.  Each of us has a DNA that limits us to certain potential levels physically.  On the contrary, you can be a life long learner.  The problem that most people, me included at a point, encounter is useless learning.

I hope that you have a way to measure your growth and a mentor to keep stretching your thinking.  A mentor is someone that is much better than you at the thing you are trying to get better at.  Many times you shouldn’t even understand the level of thinking the mentor is expressing, because they are talking from a whole different vantage point.  Everyone that achieves greatness refers back to someone who really stretched them at one point.  The worst part of that is they know that it took someone to help them get to that level of success and sometimes they won’t reach for the next mentor.  For example, John Wooden always talks about his father who set the bar very high in his life.  John Wooden became a historical icon.

In Hebrews 5:12- It sums it up.

12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13[For every one that useth milk ] is[ unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.] 14[But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, ] even[ those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

I take this as, over time we should become more proficient at what we are doing.  I remember hearing Orrin Woodward say that many people have one year of experience  thirty times, instead of thirty years of experience.  I want to encourage you to dig into your own growth and gain some ground.  Find someone to stretch you and help you achieve what you want to.

Here’s to your growth,

Steve Morgan

  1. Jason Jaekel says:

    Great post Steve! I think it is so true, so many times I’ve found myself getting into the rut of doing what I’ve always done because it’s comfortable or it’s all I know. The results are you end gaining no growth or experience. Many times I have found myself struggling with the same issue over and over again. And as Kirk, Aaron and yourself have said many times, “lesson repeated till lesson learned”. I have to remind myself many times to keep growing, changing and working towards getting better. We’ll never be perfect, but if you P.D.C.A. enough times, get a mentor to help you through the mine field and hold you accountable. I can speak from personal experience, you eventually are able to make the proper corrections that have caused your struggles.

  2. Chris Brady says:

    Great post, Steve! It is amazing the difference mentorship can make in helping a person achieve greatness…helping us avoid the trap of ‘good’ that can distract us from ‘great’.

  3. Laurie Tallio says:

    I had to look it up, and then read it half a dozen times when I did ….

    Hebrews 5:12 (NIV) In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

    In many areas I’ve been that ten year old! Time to grow!

  4. ericdollaway says:

    Great post! This hit home very hard this week. Sometimes even the most educated don’t learn to apply what they have learned or forget that they need to learn more in other areas of life. We all need to learn and grow on a continuing basis which is why the TEAM is needed so badly in our world. Thanks Steve I needed this one this week.

  5. Steve, you make a great point on growth and turning to people who can provide feedback. So many people in life go through their life in so many areas that do not ask for feedback. Thanks for sharing Steve.

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