“Though your beginning be small yet your latter end shall greatly increase.” Job 8:2, NKJV
Everything great started off small in comparison to its end result. Most organizations started with a few people, most complex systems started simple, even the world we live in today was once dark, void, and without form. Greatness is the result of development. Here are some basic principles of the Law of Development:
Development is a product of change and / or growth.
Change is inevitable; growth is optional. John Maxwell
Everything living will encounter change. Change is the result of demands placed upon us that require something different. Our bodies change as a result of nature, organizations change as a result of its internal and external demands, even our minds change as we gain awareness. On the other hand growth is different. Growth is the intentional result of following a process and learning from the demands that cause us to change.
There is a process to every personal development.
This process is designed to refine us; to bring out the desired end result. In the process is where we identify strengths and overcome weaknesses. It doesn’t matter if it’s improving your golf swing or parenting a child with behavioral issues, there is a process to our development. Identify that process and stick to it.
The development process is where theory meets practice.
When it comes to personal growth, there are as many theories as there are teachers. Theories that we learn can be anything from visualization to psycho-analysis. While each theory may have a different practical application, the development process remains the same: PLAN – DO – REVIEW!
- Planning requires identifying the actions steps it will take for you to obtain your goal and assessing what it’s going to cost you.
- Doing is implementing the plan. Here is where the rubber meets the road. It is a place of discovery. Here is where we discover our strength and gifts, our limitations and barriers, our commitment to change, which associates are good for us, and a host of other valuable self-awareness issues.
- Reviewing requires taking an honest look at your results and making adjustments for improvement.
Never circumvent the process in order to make progress.
It’s easy to be tempted to skip steps in order to advance quicker, especially if you are like me and feel you have lost ground over the years. But don’t do it. If you do, it could result in a less than desirable end result. When it comes to personal development the end doesn’t justify the means. The process is just as important as the product!
Every process has a struggle embedded in it.
The struggle is designed to identify your determination and resilience level. How bad do you want it? What will you do when you run into barriers? Will you quit or will you finish strong?
The struggle is also designed to build your strength and give you the experience you need to soar in life.
I remember reading a story of a child who came across a butterfly struggling to exit its cocoon. Wanting to help the butterfly, the boy carefully widen the opening in the cocoon which resulted in the butterfly exiting it with an enlarged body and deformed wings. As it turned out, the butterfly needed the struggle of breaking out of his cocoon in order to spread the fluid from its body to its wings. Because it was robbed of the struggle, the butterfly never developed to its full potential.
Never run from the struggle as it is an important part of your development. Although your struggle may be painful, you still need it. When you understand the purpose of pain in the struggle you will know it is for your development not your destruction. Every struggle avoided is a missed opportunity for growth.
Development requires patience.
Patience is the payment of time in the process of development. Time is one of our most precious commodities and true development requires a lot of it.
“Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4
From the perspective of time, personal development is expensive, but it is well worth the cost.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer In Christ.