4 Steps To Keep Growing

blog pic - growth in 2019Happy New Year!

I cannot believe that 2019 is finally here. 2018 has come and gone. I feel as I get older, the years pass by faster and faster.

I love January, because it is a time where everyone seems to be evaluating themselves. It is a time for self-evaluation and self-improvement.

Now, I don’t know if you are a big on New Years Resolutions or not? Some of you set so many goals that it is impossible to achieve them all in a year. Some of you make resolutions that don’t even make it into the New Year. Some don’t make resolutions at all so you won’t have to be one of the many who quit by February.

I love January, because the gyms are full and people are trying their best to stick with their goals.

A New Year is all about improvement and improvement is all about GROWTH.

January is a time where all of us are focused on growth. Whether that is growth spiritually. Growth physically? Growth emotionally. Growth relationally. We all want to grow.

I want to share four ways to help you keep growing and allow your resolutions to stick.

1. Recruit An Accountability Partner

The best way for you to keep moving toward growth in whatever your resolution is to find someone to keep you accountable.

You grow better together.

We grow better in the context of relationships.

It is harder to say “no” to the gym when your friend is waiting on you at the gym or texting you to make sure you are going.

Don’t keep your resolution to yourself. Tell someone and ask them to hold you accountable so that you follow through on your resolution and grow.

2. Discipline Yourself

Discipline is something that you know you should do, but you don’t want to do.

Exercising regularly. Reading daily. Eating healthy. These things are tough and not always what we want to do, but we know we should do them. So it requires discipline to achieve these goals.

If you are trying to grow physically then you need to set aside time every day to go to the gym and exercise.

If you are trying to grow spiritually then you need to set aside time every day to read the Bible and pray.

If you are trying to grow relationally then you need to set aside time every day to spend time with the people who matter most to you.

If you are trying to grow in your reading then you need to set aside time every day to read.

You get the picture.

It takes setting time aside for whatever area you are trying to grow in.

This requires discipline.

Schedule time every day for the areas you are trying to grow in. Put them on your calendar. Protect that time and don’t schedule anything in its place.

Be disciplined with your time so that you can achieve growth this year.

3. Commit To Learning

Leaders never stop learning. When you stop learning, you stop leading.

Commit to learn something every single day. Read every day. Listen to a podcast every day.

Schedule time to learn about whatever area you are trying to grow in.

Someone once said that the only thing that will make you different a year from now than where you are at right now is the books you read and the people you meet.

This is so true.

So if you want growth this year, read a lot and meet some new people šŸ™‚

4. Set Small Specific Goals

I am convinced one of the top reasons people struggle with their resolutions is because they set too high of goals.

They want to read more in a year so they set a goal for 1 book a week when they didn’t read but one book all year the year before. Don’t set too high of goals that will overwhelm you and hinder you from following through.

Instead if you didn’t read at all the year before, try one book a month and schedule each month with the book you intend to read. That is a way more attainable goal for you.

If you didn’t run the year before, don’t have a marathon as your goal. Have a 5K, and when you meet that goal, set a new one.

Set small attainable goals, and it will continue to motivate you to reach your goals and grow.

I would love to hear your resolutions and the growth that you are shooting for in 2019. Leave a comment below with the areas that you intend to grow in this year.



Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

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