Category: Change Management

You Cannot Grow Yourself Without Stretching Yourself

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Stretching always requires change.”

John C. Maxwell

Stretch yourself. You cannot grow yourself without stretching yourself. When you stretch yourself, when you put yourself through an uncomfortable situation, when you do what others are not doing, when you push yourself beyond your normal range, you will grow, you will succeed.

People don’t grow because they don’t want to be uncomfortable. They don’t want to stretch themselves. They want to be safe and comfortable. Remember, no one can grow without leaving where they are, no one can grow without changing how they think, no one can grow without doing the unusual things, no one can grow without taking risks, and no one can grow without stretching his or herself.

“No one can grow without changing how they think.”

If you want to grow, make yourself a lifelong learner. Be a curious person. Be willing to go the extra mile, and don’t be afraid to walk it alone. Stretching is not comfortable, but the fruit is comfortable.

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”

Abraham Maslow

If you are not growing, you are dying. If you are not growing, you are shrinking. If you are not growing, you are reducing. If you are not growing, you are declining. If you want real growth in your life, stretch yourself. Do what people say that you cannot do. Push yourself beyond your safety zone. If you do that, growth is within your reach.

Change Is A Process

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“Improve each moment as it flies.” Samuel Johnson

Whether we want to accept it or not, we are changing every day. We grow every day. We learn new things every day. We meet new people every day. We learn more about the world around us every day.

We clean our mouth every day. We change our shoes every day. We get better at what we do every day. Leo Tolstoy said, “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

Tiny changes that we do every day are what make our lives interesting. Tiny changes have more power to influence our lives than big changes.

Tiny changes occur unconsciously. We do them without knowing it. Tiny changes are more comfortable to accept. If you want to enjoy your life, don’t resist change. Embrace tiny changes.

Life is all about change. Accept the fact that we are all changing. You are not alone. If you are so scared of change, take it one bit at a time. One move at a time. One step at a time.

Why is it important to take it one step at a time? Because change is a process. Change is not a destination. If you want to change, prepare yourself for a marathon, not a sprint.

You can do it.