There is no life without growth. Growth is a natural part of life that is apparent all around us. The acorn falls to the ground and either grows into an oak, or it dies and decays among the other life-less debris of the forest. The newborn of any species or genre, which began its growth either in the egg or the womb, or the seedpod, continues growing into the mature product of its nature. It doesn’t decide to grow, there is something innate in all living things that says “grow!”
Plant a seed in fertile soil, water it, provide sunlight, and it grows into a seedling, then into a mature plant. Why? How did the seed know to grow? It’s because there is something within the seed that wants to grow and evolve. There is life present in the seed before that life is apparent, but it’s there, and it’s in all of us.
What I’ve alluded to up to this point deals primarily with the physical aspects of life. And while physical growth is essential, it is also limited. Eventually we physically grow to a point and stop growing. Does that mean we’re then dying? It does if we fail to continue growing mentally, emotionally or
Growth is crucial when an element of our life draws to an end; such as our kids growing up, or we lose a job, or a relationship ends. Within endings are beginnings; births. We must re-birth ourselves, grow into something new when an aspect of our life ends. We have no choice. When a portion of life we once had is gone, the question then becomes, “What is ours to do to adjust to our new way of living? How do I continue to grow?” If we fail to evolve, then we begin to die.
Oh, our heart may continue to beat, and we may continue to breathe, but we can become life-less, without energy, lacking imagination and purpose if we don’t rebirth ourselves following significant change. If we fail to re-birth ourselves, we risk the likelihood of stagnation; repeating the same behaviors, experiencing identical circumstances day after day.
Growth propels us up the spiral of life. Lacking growth, instead of a spiral, we live in a circular track, which becomes a circular rut, which becomes a circular grave, at least from a mental, emotional and spiritual sense.
Be careful that you don’t die while your physical body continues to live. Explore any areas of your life where you may be dying mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Ask yourself; “Where am I stagnant? Where am I so comfortable that I’m unwilling to change my pattern?” It’s important to explore these areas and change them. Stagnation can be contagious and spread to other areas of your life.
G – Go for something new in your life.
R – Revise your life game plan. Start or end your day differently.
O – Own your life. Take control and let your inner guidance and passions direct you, not history or outer circumstances.
W – Win-Win. Think win-win in everything you do.
T – Think differently. Change your focus to new and more challenging activities. Remove focus from what isn’t working to what can work.
H – Health. Ensure your good health. It’s difficult to grow when we’re not healthy. Do all you can to support good health.
The best time to create additional growth in our lives is today. Let’s get started. Now!