Growing Intentionally: It Hurts So Good

weightsHow do you feel after a long, grueling workout? Do you hate it or love it?

If you’re like me, you probably experience a little of both. The soreness I feel the next day, if I actually workout hard and push myself beyond my natural limits, is extremely painful. But, it is always a very real reminder of the fact that I’m actually growing stronger. I hate it because sometimes it hurts to walk. I love it because I know that the hard work is paying off.

It’s the same thing when you start growing in your life, when you actually start maturing in areas you have never matured in. As a man who is working two jobs to provide for his family there have been times where I have needed to mature in my thinking. It seems like my brain is being stretched, my worldview shaken, and my way of life transformed.

The process of growing is not always fun. While it is exciting that growth is taking place, it often feels extremely uncomfortable. Just like in the gym where the strength of my muscles is challenged, so it feels like my thoughts, mentality and perspective are being challenged.

Growing in your thinking can be one of the most painful process you experience. It’s so much easier to stay thinking the way you have always thought. However, there comes a time where you have to refuse to stay where you are. Because, if you think the way you have always thought you are going to get the results you have always got.

Trust me, it hurts so good. Expanding your thinking, whether it is through reading, listening to podcasts, studying a subject you have never studied, listening to counsel or delving into something beyond the surface level may seem very uncomfortable at first, but you will be glad you did it.

You have to take personal responsibility for you growth. If you want to grow you have to put yourself in a place to grow. It seems crazy right, subjecting yourself to the uncomfortable or painful? But it’s for a purpose, it’s with intention. Your growth is your responsibility, if you don’t take the reins of it someone else may try to grow you in places you really don’t want too.

Your life is too precious to just “go with the flow,” create the flow; be intentional about your growth.

Let’s Do This Together:

In what area(s) of your life would you like to intentionally grow over the next couple of months? What are practical steps you need to take to start the process?

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