We can think about doing the right thing, plan to do it, and talk about doing it, but nothing changes in our lives until we start consistently doing what we need to do. To me, nothing feels better than knowing that I do my best and make the best choices I can make, consistently making progress towards the life God has for me.
So today I’m gonna share with you some of the ways we can keep on growing and learning new things so that we can stay focused and intentional about whatever it is that we want to accomplish in our lives.
There are various ways in which we can grow and learn how to navigate life. Here are just 4, which I consider to be the most important learning resources in my own life.
As Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”, when we realise that failures are indeed a way to learn what works and what doesn’t, we can actually grow even when we fail in life. We need to embrace this reality: a one-time success does not guaranty you a second-time victory. Life throws different challenges at us, and each one of them needs to be dealt with in a different way. Here’s where past failures come in handy – when put together with our skills and solutions that were successful in the past, failures become part of our personal life tool-kit that prevents us from doing the same mistake again. Of course, if we actually own our failures and consciously learn from them. While we should never let failure define who we are, we are to let it redefine us. In other words, we mustn’t let failure become our identity, but we certainly need to embrace our failures as part of our story of growing up.
I’ve always loved reading simply because it’s like being invited over for dinner to someone’s house where they’ve spent maybe an entire day to cook the best food which you can now simply enjoy without any effort of preparing it, except for the effort of actually feeding yourself. Most writers do a lot of research and spend a lot of time writing and re-writing before actually publishing their works, and it’s so great that we can benefit by just reading a couple of pages or a few articles every day, without having to make an effort.
While failures happen because life happens, and reading is a great learning tool, there are things that failure or reading can’t teach you – not in a direct and complete way, at least. Some things require practice. Developing a new technical skill, learning a new language, improving your writing skills – they all require that you practice them until you get better and better.
Just like books, but in a more personal and powerful way. Mentors are vital for anyone who wants to develop not only their skills – that will help them get where they want to be -, but also character – which will help them stay once they get there. So, find a mentor — a teacher, an entrepreneur, a reverend, a spiritual guide, or just a person who is living as you would like to live. Start spending time with them on a regular basis, and look at, listen to, and learn from them. Let their story inspire and help you write your own story of greatness.
Benjamin Franklin once said:
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
Therefore, great character is not developed through ease and convenience, but through doing today what we need to do, no matter how difficult it is.