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7 Biblical Keys to Personal Growth

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We are designed to grow in every area of our lives. If we are not growing, it simply means that we are not living life to the best.

Growth is development or improvement toward a goal called spiritual maturity, excellence & integrity that leads you to your destiny. Here is a verse about Paul’s personal growth :

Philippians 3:12-14 – Even Paul, as mature as he was, did not consider himself to have achieved perfection such that he could cease striving to improve. He forgot past achievements (and failures) and pressed on to greater accomplishments.

Below are some of the key things I believe are necessary to grow continuously (Please note this is only a brief note on these – I did not want to write a long post that nobody reads 🙂 ) 

1. Sow seeds of faithfulness 

I remember asking God to bless 2 things at one point in life :

1. Growth & a promotion at work

2. Take me to a new level in leading worship.

Both were very sincere desires and I intended to bring God glory. The issue was, I was not being faithful with the little I was doing in both these areas. I was spending unnecessary amount of time on the Internet and phone at work, and I was not spending enough time in personal worship at home. Another example is I wanted to gain some weight but I was skipping breakfast almost every alternate day.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)

Being faithful with the little is what attracts increase.

2. Dream big is planning big 

The idea of ‘dreaming big’ has left a lot of people disappointed and in conditions worse than they were before dreaming big. The reason is this :

Dreaming big is planning big. 

The bible talks about having a vision and the most common verse we hear is this : “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18)

Research has proved over and over again that those who write their goals accomplish significantly more than those who do not write their goals. (Read my post on Goal Setting. )

3. Stay confident

My mentor once told me, “In this world, the ones who achieve the most are people who are the most confident, irrespective of skill levels.”

I’m sure this is very evident in different realms of society. What are you holding back today that you would do if you were the most confident person on earth? Go do that today.

Wake up everyday and speak words of confidence over you. Declare you are strong, confident, secure, righteous, victorious and prosperous.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13 )

So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:6 )

4. Receive correction 

Being confident does not mean you are always right. One of the biggest stumbling block I see in a lot of people who have great potential is the inability to receive correction.

Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise (Proverbs 19:20) 

The simple learn by trials and struggles, but the wise take instruction from others. Simply being able to accept correction can save you from many pitfalls.

5. Never stop learning 

The most successful people in the world are ones who never stopped learning. Your biggest asset and strength is not your money, influence or job. Your biggest asset is knowledge, wisdom & understanding.

(By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. – Provers 3:19,20) 

The bible tells us to ask for wisdom and understanding above everything else.

Spend time to grow in knowledge, understanding. God gives us the wisdom and understanding to be a master of what He has called us to do.

6. Flee from sin 

God cannot bless you while you are living in sin because if He blessed you, you would bear more fruit of that sin.

You do not have to live afraid of sin. Fear of sin attracts more sin because what we fear dominates us. Fear of God draws us closer to Him and makes us conscious of a better lifestyle available in Him.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)

If you are not free from sin, you need to go to God and ask for help or even approach people you trust who can help you out.

7. Letting go

I used to think letting go of the past means to let go of the hurt, disappointments, shame and regrets. Well, that is true but it is only one side. Sometimes, we need to let go of the good memories too.

I have lived in 4 different cities growing up and the first year in every place would be the toughest days ever. I could not let go of the good memories & lifestyles of the previous place.

Letting go of the past is really hard but the winds of change is what brings new breakthroughs and blessings. I had to remind myself that God has promised to bless me in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13) and to receive that I need to let go of the past and embrace the present.

Is there anything that is holding you back from embracing the new thing that God is doing in you?

Discuss : 

Which of the above do you think is the most important?

Share if there is something else that has caused you to grow personally.

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7 habits of a young leader

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”
– Albert Schweitzer

Having been around many leaders who taught me the good and showed me the bad, I learned early that character plays a huge role in how well one can lead. Here is a list of 7 things i learned over time from experience, training etc and I believe they are important for a young emerging leader – 

1. Focus On What You Have, Not What You Do Not : 

The easiest thing you can do is name everything you don’t have and find someone who’s got it easier than you. Focus on what you can create with what you have. You cannot blame anyone or anything for who you did not become. Take responsibility for your own life no matter what the situations are. 

– Do not make the mistake of thinking you will wait until you have everything you need to chase your dreams. Start now. 

– Being faithful with the little brings increase. 

– You do not have to chase every famous person in the world or be in every conference or meeting to build your network. Save some of that time to create something that will attract the right people into your life. 

2. Control your mind : 

  • Learn : 

What you learn is an asset that will never be taken away from you. Choose to live with your mind open to learn, at all times. Be willing to learn anything valuable from those younger and older, most experienced or the least, the foolish, the stranger, the weak, even your enemy. You will be surprised at how much you can learn if you keep your mind open to learn. Take time off everyday to think what you can learn from everything that happened on that day. 

  • Question : 

A child will believe everything you say until a certain age, after which they will start questioning why they are doing what they are doing. Yes, there are times when you don’t understand certain things and you continue living in faith, but there are times when you need to ask yourself certain questions to clear perspective and reaffirm vision. Ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing. 

  • The Ability To Forget : 

There will be days and memories you would want to forget. You will need to forget the failed attempts and the many negative words that you will hear as you move forward and lead. This is important in gaining confidence as a leader. 

3. Stop and Think : 
Technology is robbing us of opportunities to stop and think. Every free minute is spent on social media, watching a video clip, texting a friend, emails etc. We hardly take out time to daydream, think and exercise our creative muscles. It is totally worth it to keep all the fancy devices away and use our minds to think, evaluate and dream. 

4. Writing down ideas : 
“Ideas are the most fragile things in the world, and if you don’t write them down, they’ll be lost forever.” – Phil Cooke

I have hundreds of notes on my phone and some more on my laptop. I have often pulled over while riding/driving to record voice notes with different ideas for a song or something worth keeping. I have learned that when you write down ideas, it is a deposit in your creative bank account. You have to write them down before they disappear forever. 

I recently read on a website that “Simply writing down your plan or idea increases your chance of success by almost a third”. Write down your ideas. Doesn’t matter if its just a word or an entire detailed plan. 

5. Who gets the credit? :
“There is no limit to what a man can achieve as long as he doesn’t care who get’s the credit”. – Bob Woodruff

Be quick to give credit where its due. The most effective leaders do not take all the credit for their achievements. Leadership requires humility right at its centre. 

6. Stay Passionate : 
If you are not passionate about what you do, distractions will chase you down. Passion is your fuel in this journey. You need to have a vision and dream and keep your eyes focused on the end goal. When you know where you are heading, the present challenges seem nothing in comparison. I tried out many different things in life before i actually found what I am passionate about. It is much easier to be committed to what you are passionate about. What is the one thing that consumes your mind at all times? 

7. Inspire Others :
Remember, the goal for you as a leader is to raise other leaders. That is when you are a successful leader. Just like a cup can be refilled only once its empty, you’ve got to look for opportunities to impart what you have to somebody else. The more you give away, the more you gain. A good leader always believes in people for who they can be, not for who they are. 

Do you have anything to add to the list? 
Share your opinions, experiences as a leader in the comments below. 

Joel. 

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