“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Today I want to focus on getting on a personal growth plan. So, let’s start by defining what a personal growth plan is. It is actually just that. A plan that you set up for yourself to grow into the best version of you. Personal growth is essential for living life to the fullest. If you aren’t moving forward, then you are drifting backwards and not living your life on purpose. It’s a lot like paddling a boat in the direction you want to go. However, if you stop paddling, you may feel like you are just resting, but the reality is the wind and waves are carrying you somewhere and it may be somewhere you don’t want to be. Suddenly, you look around and think, “How did I get here?”
So, a personal growth plan can be very simple. It is basically just setting some small daily goals to reach a desired result. It can be in the area of finances, for example, if you are trying to get out of debt or save money. A daily goal may be to set aside a certain amount for each day and then stick to that plan. It could be in the area of health and fitness. Maybe you want to eat healthier, so you set up some limitation for your eating habits. The important thing is to set attainable goals not unrealistic ones. It can also be something like journaling each day or setting aside time to spend with God. Outreach is another opportunity for growth. Volunteer someplace or find a place in your church to serve, anything you have a desire to do to better yourself and your life. By setting up a plan you are more likely to achieve it. Just start with one thing, write it down, and then you can add to it monthly or yearly.
After you have set the daily goal the next step is to ask a close friend that you trust to be your accountability partner. This is better to be someone outside of your home. If you choose your spouse as your accountability partner you risk the chance of their help turning into nagging and can make for unnecessary stress on your relationship. When you have chosen someone to help keep you accountable, simply communicate with them each day with your progress. If you were successful in your daily goals then they will celebrate with you and if you were unsuccessful, they will encourage you to do better tomorrow. That’s it. It doesn’t need to be complicated.
Todays verse talks about not growing weary of doing good things. Whether it’s for yourself or others, if you are consistent and don’t give up, you will reap great benefits from your efforts and hard work. Setting up a personal growth plan will enable you to become the best “you” you can be.
Today I want to challenge you to begin your own “personal growth plan”. Consider one thing that you could begin doing today that would make your life fuller, then set up a daily goal that will help you to accomplish that desire. If you cannot think of anything, talk to God and ask Him what one thing you can do to take a step closer to Him. He will reveal it to you and will also help you come up with a plan to accomplish it. Celebrate your success each week and you will begin to step into newness in your everyday life.
Today’s scripture reading: Galatians 6:6-10