“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins.” ~ Mark 2:22
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job and the pay off will be accordingly.” ~ Jim Rohn
Successful people in life have a lot of things in common that enable them to stay on top of their game. In business you might have exceptional companies that post end of year profits almost every year; a church that wins more and more souls; students that consistently perform at a high level, sports teams that win back to back championships, or leaders that keep delivering for their teams even as the environment changes. While their professions may vary from entity to entity they share key values that guarantee continued success. One of those values is personal development.
I have attended several business seminars in the last two years facilitated by highly successful people and what I have learned from them is that in life we are exactly where we choose to be. That may sound confusing, right? Why would someone deliberately choose to be miserable or have tough breaks in life? The truth is that where we start in life has nothing to do with where you will end up, unless you choose to make it so. We end up where we are based on the choices we make today. One of the trainers I’ve listened to at these seminars once said something that has stuck with me since: “Everything in life is about choices. It’s about decisions that we make.” If you don’t like where you are today then it may be a good time to make new choices.
Growth through discipline
Making a decision to change is the first step. Change comes through doing the right things daily and consistently. You need to surround yourself with people that will build you up and share similar values. In life if you want what you have never had you need to do what you have never done. Study the lives of successful people, read their books, attend their seminars, listen to their audio programs, and do what they do. Many times in life we make the mistake of chasing after material things when our focus should be on working to improve ourselves. When you work on yourself you become more valuable as a person and attaining wealth or achieving goals becomes second nature. I recently read a book by leadership expert, John C. Maxwell entitled, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.” The main lesson I got is that achieving goals does not guarantee growth but when you grow yourself you are always going to achieve your goals.
When I understood the importance of personal development I intentionally developed a growth plan to ensure that I continue to be successful at what I do. Your personal growth cannot be left to chance. Plan for the books you’re going to read, the seminars that you’re going to attend and anything else that will help you to grow as a person. You might have heard before that knowledge is power. That’s not really true. The APPLICATION of knowledge is what is going to be power; so each time you learn something new find a practical way to implement what you have learned. That is true education and growth.
Be all you can be!