I was sitting in the lobby at work reading “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. A coworker walked by and asked me what I was reading. I answered and she laughed a bit and said, “Oh, you’re still in the personal development phase.” Then she said that as time went on and I get older that it will fade, implying that this was just a stage in my life. I laughed back with her, but after she left I thought to myself, ‘No, this isn’t a phase. I will constantly be changing and growing both mentally and spiritually so I will always need guidance in my personal development.’
I refuse to believe that reading inspirational, motivational books is a “phase.” And my coworker’s comment made me wonder about how many people think that way.
I question who once in their life had so many aspirations for themselves, wanted to become more knowledgeable about something, needed encouragement in specific parts of their lives, or needed guidance on how to better their person or grow a company so they sought direction through books. Then I wonder, what would make someone just.. stop?
As people get older do they burn out on learning ways to improve themselves or to live their dreams? Do they become discouraged at the time it takes for the next step to happen for them so they give up? Do people take the “easy way out” and work towards a career path that’s “safe”? Do people get so stuck in their own ways and behaviors, they don’t believe they can change, don’t see a need in doing so, or simply don’t care? Maybe people just get so busy with life that reading, listening to podcasts, and watching videos are not a priority.
All of these questions could very well be real explanations as to why some people don’t or no longer see a point in utilizing motivational resources to reach their full potential in various aspects of life.
Never Stop Growing
No one should ever be able to say, “I’ve made it so I no longer need personal and spiritual development.” That doesn’t even make sense. Consider Oprah Winfrey, she says all the time that she’s not where she wants to be, as in she’s not finished reaching her maximum potential and destiny. She’s not saying that all of her wildly amazing accomplishments aren’t enough, but she’s wise enough and bold enough to Keep. On. Dreaming. AND. Doing. Oprah understands that with everything she does, she’s growing and changing mentally and spiritually. She even uses inspiring novels and wise counsel to help her along the way! (Waiter: May I take your order? Me: Um, yes, I’ll have some of what Oprah is having!)
Scoop of Encouragement
Hopefully, I can encourage someone today. If you currently read personal development novels then that’s awesome! Keep reading and growing! If you used to read more then start again. A few pages here and there still counts, especially if you’re motivated to actually finish. Maybe you gave up completely or became complacent in your lifestyle that you lost motivation and don’t know how to find the way back. Then hey, a book regarding just that might be exactly what you need. You might even stumble across something that helps you in an area that you didn’t even realize you needed.
We’re all human. Perfection doesn’t exist for us. But thank God, there’s always room for growth! We are all called to be the movers and shakers of the world at some capacity. In order to do that and stay motivated to do so, sometimes we need that extra motivation to do it. We need to hear testimonies, to hear from others who have been where we once were or where we want to go. We should learn and understand methods of living and navigating life in order to reach personal and spiritual development goals or career endeavors.
So, to wrap this up, I know that my coworker was just making small talk, but I think she truly believes that seeking personal development is something you do when you’re young, when one most likely feels “the most determined” in life, or when one feels that life has so much to offer. But I completely disagree.
Don’t give up on improving yourself. You are NOT a failure! Do not become complacent or feel that it’s too late for you or that you’re too old for change because it is simply NOT TRUE!
Pick up a good, inspirational book and see what changes in your life! I DARE you!
So, let’s talk!..
What are your thoughts on utilizing resources such as books, podcasts, and videos to improve personal development?
What do you do to boost your personal development?
Share some of your experiences! I’d love to hear from you
Encourage someone or even yourself! Leave your comments below!
The Biblical Scoop!
“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” – Luke 8:14-15