Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be. Only a mediocre person is always at their best. God’s gift to us is our potential. Our gift to God is developing it. The only way to develop is to stretch. “Life begins at the end of our comfort zone.”
- Average – Mediocrity is not worth shooting for. Do you fill life with time or time with life?
- Settling for the status quo ultimately leads to dissatisfaction. Settling for the comfort zone means not reaching – stretching – to reach your full potential. Doing the same things day in and day out with the same people – living in a rut.
- Stretching always starts from the inside. Do you have a dream? Are you pursuing it?
- Stretching always requires change. Taking risks. Are you restless … looking for a challenge? Do things we haven’t done.
- Stretching sets you apart from others.
- Stretching can become a lifestyle.
- Stretching gives you a shot at significance. Ask, “What can I become?” Indifference will change to ‘make a difference.’
“Life begins at the end of our comfort zone.”
Applying the Law of the Rubber Band to Your Life
- In what areas of life have you lost your stretch and settled in? Tap into your internal discontent to get you going again. What goals haven’t you hit that you know you’re capable of?
- Be strategic to maintain the tension between where you are and where you could be by continually resetting intermediate goals. Set goals according to your personality. Not too easy.
- Dream big
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With today’s chapter review, we are 2/3 through 15 Laws of Growth. Here are the links to the previous topics covered:
- Intentionality – Growth doesn’t just happen (begins at 4th paragraph)
- Awareness – You must know yourself to grow yourself
- Mirror – You must see value in yourself to add value to yourself
- Reflection – Learning to pause allows growth to catch up to you
- Consistency – Motivation gets you going; Discipline keeps you growing
- Environment – Growth thrives in conducive surroundings
- Design – To maximize growth, develop strategies
- Pain – Good management of bad experiences leads to great growth
- Ladder – Character growth determines the height of your personal growth