How to Start Your Personal Growth

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What keeps you from investing in yourself? What keeps you from growing? All of us have challenges in our lives. But if we don’t understand how to overcome these challenges, we’re never going to grow. Today, we’re talking about how to grow as a person and a leader. Then, I’m going to unpack an article on why you should invest in yourself. And finally, we’ll spend some time journaling about the areas in your life you need to grow.

Why It’s Okay to Be Bad at Something 

In order to grow, we have to get outside of our comfort zones. We have to be willing to invest in ourselves and learn something brand new. One of my favorite ways to grow and become better is by surrounding myself with people who are better at things than I am. I love to seek out people who are really good in certain areas of their lives that I want to be good at and ask them to hang out. Yes, it's humbling—but that's where growth happens.

If you want to be better in any area of your life, you've got to be willing to be the small fish in the big pond. You've got to be willing to get outside your box and your comfort zone and invest in yourself to learn something new.

The Best Thing to Invest In

I want to spend a few minutes unpacking an article I saw recently on Forbes.com called Why You Should Invest in Yourself by Amy Modglin. This article is a great reminder that the things we struggle with are actually really common to most of us. But if we don't understand how to overcome these challenges and barriers, we're never actually going to grow.

In the article, Amy shared about a lack of confidence she had and the fear that kept her from investing in herself. She said that all changed when her friend and mentor, John Maxwell, said, “Growth doesn’t just happen.” Amy’s biggest barrier was being afraid she wasn’t worth it. She wasn’t investing in herself.

The same thing is true for you and me. You're not going to get to somewhere new by doing the same thing you're doing today. You have to do something different. You have to invest in yourself. Remember: You get to have a say in who you become, but you've got to do something about it. You can't just sit on the sidelines. You have to take the reins. You have to get in the game. You have to read a book, get a coach, go to a conference. You have to do something. You are worth it.

Are You Growing?

Today, I want you to spend some time reading Ephesians 4:1–16. This passage is saying just grow to grow. Not to be better than others. Not to be impressive. Grow so that you’re not tossed back and forth. Grow so that you have a solid foundation. Grow to become more and more like the God who created you. Grow to become more like Christ.

I want to give you a few questions to consider as you journal, as you pray about this, and as you think about what this means for you in your faith walk.

  1. How do you grow?
  2. How have you matured in the last year?
  3. How are you growing in love?