The Importance of Personal Growth

The Importance of Personal Growth

I believe in personal growth. I believe in being intentional about getting better at what I do in life, in education, in leadership. I am personally committed to growing and developing and improving my practice. I want to get the most out of every day, every experience, every interaction.

Sadly, too often I meet people who have not had multiple years of experience, they’ve had one year of experience multiple times. They have not developed in their profession, they haven’t invested the time to get better at what they do, and they haven’t allowed their thinking to be stimulated and challenged. In short, they haven’t grown. They haven’t developed.

Perhaps you have similar challenges: your time is spent trying to get through the day (not get from the day), you are constantly trying to tackle paperwork, and you are desperately trying to reclaim your time in an increasingly busy world.

Here’s 3 reasons why you must grow (and make time for it):

1. If something’s not growing, it’s dying.

As soon as we stop growing and developing, we stop living to our full potential. We keep doing things in the same old way, with no room to embrace new thinking or new ideas. If you really want to have an impact in what you do, you must decide to grow. As soon as you stop growing, you stop moving forward.

2. Stagnation stinks.

I remember walking across a bridge over a creek one day and I was taken aback by the smell. This creek had stopped flowing and was stagnant. There was nothing appealing about this stinky, stagnant creek. In fact the lack of growth was repelling. The same applies in our own lives. Standing still and not allowing your skills and behaviours to be challenged and developed results in stagnation. And there’s nothing attractive about a stagnant person.

3. Growth is attractive.

In contrast, growth is incredibly attractive. Have you ever watched seeds burst into life? Have you ever seen a rose bud bloom and grow? It’s inspiring. It’s captivating. It’s energizing. A person who is engaged in personal growth and allowing themselves to develop and mature is a person who is incredibly attractive and whose influence extends far further.

This week’s assignment:

Simple: make a choice to be a person who intentionally decides to grow. A person who is open to new ideas, who engages in professional development in a way that works for them.

Enjoy the journey,

And more importantly,

Enjoy the moments.

🙂

Megan

P.S. Next week, I’m going to be sharing my favourite ways of growing personally including some of my favourite blogs, books and podcasts. Stay tuned.

QUESTION: Do you work with someone who is stagnant and not growing? What do you find most challenging about them? I’d love to hear your comments here.

Comments

  1. Melinda Kammerer says

    Thank you Megan for the message about “The importance of Personal Growth’.

    As I continuously reflect on my twenty years of teaching (surely not – I can’t possibly be that old!) I compare the teacher I WAS to the teacher I AM. I WAS young and inexperienced and my job and my class was my life. I lived and breathed my role as a teacher and dedicated myself to my students completely. I am NOW a mother of three primary school aged children. I have taught full-time, part-time, class share, RFF, STLA, Library. I am a different teacher now with many more hats to wear and balls to juggle. My job is not my whole life.

    AM I A WORSE TEACHER BECAUSE OF THIS?

    No, I am better! I am wiser. I have changed and grown and developed. My students’ needs are my priority but I view it differently now. I am more questioning. I don’t feel as though I need to be perfect and they need to be perfect. I DO feel that my job is extremely important but I want different things for my students now. I want them to experiment and discover. I want them to be in control of their learning. I want them to be the best they can be. I want to guide them and really delve into what makes them tick. I want every moment of their school day to be used productively. I want to create experiences that mean something to them.

    I often worry that I’m not the teacher I used to be, but you have helped me to realise that without CHANGE we are not GROWING.

    Thank you again Megan for making me THINK!

    Melinda

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