“Be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again;” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.
Deep inside our minds, we all aspire to grow but let me ask you a difficult question: When was the last time you challenged yourself to learn a new skill or research a new subject? I believe that our current comfort is actually the greatest barrier to our future growth. Growing people are comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I’m going to start a little project this week that honestly has me terrified. In the words of the hopeful contestants on The Bachelor, I am going to “really put myself out there.” Who knows, I might fail miserably BUT even if I do, I believe I’m going to grow greatly in the process!
If you’re ready to start growing, set some time aside to identify the area of your life where the coziness is killing you and begin to walk humbly in a new direction, no matter how uncomfortable it is. It’s the pursuit, not the result, that will determine your growth. After you’ve decided what task, skill, or subject you’re going to grow in; go ahead and tell a few trustworthy people exactly what you plan to do so they can encourage you along the way and maybe even help you get there quickly!
Let’s step out together and get growing!
Photo: Botany Bay – Edisto, SC by Kim Graham