Misconception About Growth
One of the misconceptions about growth that may be holding us back from being as intentional as we need to be is what John C. Maxwell calls "The Assumption Gap__"I Assume That I Will Automatically Grow."" He said when we are children, our bodies grow automatically. A year goes by, and we become taller, stronger, more capable of doing new things and facing new challenges. I think many people carry into adulthood a subconscious belief that mental, spiritual, and emotional growth follows a similar pattern. And that as times goes by, we simply get better. But no, it's not like that... The problem is that we don't improve by simply living. We have to be intentional about it.
Musician Bruce Springsteen commented, "A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man and woman you want to become and start being the man you want to be." The truth is no one improves by accident. Personal growth doesn't just happen on its own. And once you're done with your formal education, you must take complete ownership of the growth process, because nobody else will do it for you. As Michel Montaigne observed, "No wind favours him who has no destined port." If you want your life to improve, then you must improve yourself. You must make that a tangible target...