GROWTH BEGINS AT THE END OF THE COMFORT ZONE!
Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be
“Only a mediocre person is always at his best”
Life is a Series of Stretches. God’s Gift to us: Potential. Our Gift to God: Developing it.
This is done by getting out of our comfort zone. By continually stretching & growing ourselves– not only physically but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF OUR COMFORT ZONE.
So let’s do an exercise. Take a piece of paper and write:
What growth have you experienced in your life?
How has that developed you and challenged you?
Is there someplace in your life right now you need to grow?
THE BENEFITS OF STRETCHING & GROWTH
Few people want to stretch & grow – It is easy to be Average
Settling for the status quo ultimately leads to Dissatisfaction
“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy the rest of your life.” – Abraham Maslow
If you choose comfort over potential. You must be willing to leave behind what feels familiar, safe, and secure. You must give up excuses and push forward.
Stretching & growth always starts from the inside out
Instead of wishing, wanting, and waiting, you need to search inside yourself for reasons to start.
It’s wise to remember that our situation in life is mainly due to the choices we make and the actions we do or fail to take.
Think about this quote: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
People who take risks learn more and faster than those who don’t. Their depth and range of experience are often greater. And they learn how to solve problems. All of those help a person grow.
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mahatma Gandhi
People who are successful continually leave their comfort zone and stretch toward their capacity zone.
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Your stretching goals should be SMART:
Specific – words like “more, bigger, faster” are not specific
Measurable – without measuring, how do you know if you succeeded?
Attainable – they should be something you WILL actually do
Realistic – they must be something you CAN actually do
Timed – without a timed arrival, you are only creating a wish list
Adapted from The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by Dr. John Maxwell – Law of Rubber Band