Are You Growing or Dying?
In your relationship? In your career? In your fitness level? In your health?
If you aren’t growing, you are dying.
“Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
~ Bruce Lee
In nature, everything is in a constant state of growth or decay. Nothing stays in stasis.
There may be a temporary period of hibernation, like a slack tide, before things turn.
But turn they do.
Whenever you start to feel bored or restless in your life, chances are that you’ve stopped challenging yourself.
The only way you grow is to step outside of what you already know; outside of your comfort zone.
In the place of unfamiliarity, you are forced to dig deeper and find new resources in yourself. To grow new habits and muscles.
I weight trained steadily for twelve years (three times a week). The key to building muscle and keeping svelte is to constantly change up the routine. Every six weeks I would see my trainer (or once I became adept at creating programs, I did it myself) to shake things up.
In weight training, it’s said that after six weeks our body plateaus. It knows what’s coming. In order to keep growing, we have to give it a new challenge.
Where in your life are you coasting? Or worse yet, stagnating?
This week I looked at several areas of my world and committed to working with new teachers and programs—from yoga to food—to take myself to the next level.
Whenever I do this actively, I feel that I’m stepping out into the flow of life. New and exuberant parts of me come to the surface. My greatness is called forward! I feel like I become a new and better person everyday. I amaze myself.
All this through challenging myself to step into the unknown.
Here are a few areas to check in with:
2) Your exercise regime. First off, do you have one? And if you do, is it still inspiring you? If not, change it up. Seek out a new form of activity that you haven’t done before but are intrigued by.
3) Spiritual growth. A lot of people let this slide as well, feeling as though it’s not as important as some other things might be. Yet, it builds a solid foundation from which all of your other activities and experiences can grow.
Start a meditation practice. Or how would you take your current one to the next level?
Apply this idea to every part of your life. Where can you take another step in your development?
Where can you take another step into growing into the best version of you?