The Character of Growth

“Character cannot be summoned at the moment of crisis if it has been squandered by years of compromise and rationalization. The only testing ground for the heroic is the mundane. The only preparation for that one profound decision which can change a life, or even a nation, is those hundreds of half conscious, self defining, seemingly insignificant decisions made in private. Habit is the daily battle ground of character” -Dan Coats-

Ever since I remember I’ve been passionate about growth. Growing in length, growing to do more on the sports field, growing my friendships, growing my hair, growing my beard ( This is an ongoing battle 😛 ), growing in my job.

Over the years my focus has shifted on which areas to focus my growth and to this day I’m still passionate about development.

Identifying areas for character growth is something you will never regret, what do you need to do, to grow your character?

Be Intentional

“Nobody finishes well by accident.” – John Maxwell –

If you don’t have a growth plan you will most likely be used to execute someone else’s plan, and guess what most of the time your growth is not at the top of their priority list.

Do not think that because you are doing life and experiencing different things that it is growth. If you are not evaluating where you want to go vs where you are going you might end up in place you do not want to be and live in the despair of wasted time.

Be intentional of thinking on your passion, where you want to go and what you are going to do to get there.

Embrace Failure

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill-

Failure, something most people fear and hope not to encounter, ever! If you want to experience growth and especially character growth you need to embrace failure. Failure can make or break us. Every time we fail the emotional element gives us the opportunity to galvanize growth in our lives, if we choose the higher road.

The list of great men who embraced failure is endless. These men and woman learned from their mistakes and pushed on to overcome.

Fear will prevent you from being intentional and you will end up procrastinating, hence the question you must ask yourself. Where am I letting fear of failure prevent me from taking action?

Be Inward Focused, outward giving

The decisions we make with regards to our time, money and energy reflects our priority towards inward or outward focused growth.

Inward focused growth focus on the character and changes us inwardly.

How much money have you spent on phones, cars , jewelry, and accessories in the past 12 months? Compare this with the money and time you have spent on books, conferences, developing your physical, mental, spiritual self?

Outward focused appearance will leave us feeling good, for a while. Inward focused growth will change our character and leave us satisfied, wanting to give more to others and serve instead of being served.

God Bless

JP Swart


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