John Maxwell: Gearing Up for Growth

Personal development is the only real pathway to lasting change

All of us want to improve, but few of us really want to change. The problem is that growth requires change. Any kind of makeover you attempt that does not include intentional personal growth will be only skin-deep.

Dedicate yourself to an intentional personal growth which is the only way to become a better person. If we don’t dedicate ourselves to it, we don’t get better; we only get older.

Ask the big question now.

The first year that John engaged in intentional personal growth, he discovered that it was going to be a lifetime process. During that year, the question in his mind changed from “How long will this take?” to “How far can I go?” That is the question you should be asking yourself right now—not that you will be able to answer it. John started this growth journey 40 years ago, and he still hasn’t answered it. But it will help you set the direction, if not the distance.

• Where do you want to go in life?

• What direction do you want to go?

• What’s the farthest you can imagine going?

Answering those questions will get you started on the journey. The best you can hope to do in life is to make the most out of whatever you’ve been given. You do that by investing in yourself, making yourself the best you can be. The more you’ve got to work with, the greater your potential—and the farther you should try to go. As John’s dad often used to say to him when he was a kid, “To whomever much is given, much shall be required.” Give growing your best so you can become your best.