“Change is Inevitable. Growth Optional.” John C Maxwell
A close friend and fellow teacher shared Maxwell’s quote last week. It resonates deeply with me. As a teacher and a writer, passionate about growth. And, personally, in relation to my own journey.
It’s easy to confuse change and growth as one and the same. Yet we know this is not so. Change is constant, inevitable. Imagine if all change lead to our personal growth, we’d live in a very different world!
What is the relationship between change and growth? How can we leverage the change in our lives to accelerate our growth?
Let’s pause for a moment and cast our minds back over 2014. Begin close to home. How have our personal circumstances changed?
It could be that we have moved home, changed job, given birth, begun a significant relationship. Ended a significant relationship. Taken up a new interest. Experienced the beginning, or ending, of a chapter in our lives…
Change is important. It’s movement, often shaking things up, bringing new conditions into our lives. Change gives us a context, a theatre, of possibilities for growth.
Yet change alone does not equal growth. Growth is not an inevitable consequence of change. Growth is optional. And like all options in life, we need to choose.
Like many, I have initiated many changes in my life over the past couple of years. There are more to come. These changes are visible. They have changed my circumstances – a lot.
Things may look different for us on the outside. Yet to what extent have we grown? In what ways have we grown?
How often do we check in with ourselves and explore these questions? Do we know what to look for when we do?
Growth begins on the inside. If we choose growth as an option, first, we need to go inside. We need to refine our awareness. Seek out the links between changes occurring and how we are now.
To grow is to expand. To extend. This is where we begin looking. Seeing the opportunities is the first step.
What happens next? How do we cultivate our growth and move from inside to be visible and in action?
And more than this, what holds us back?
To be continued. Join me next time…
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