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Too often people think they are through learning when they leave school. We should never forget that our purpose in life is to grow and develop in all areas. This article may be published provided the resource box is left intact.

Everyone desires to be successful. The problem is that we often reach a certain level and no matter how much we try, we remain frozen in our present position. Why is it that some continue to go up the ladder to the top and even beyond it? It is because they have confidence in themselves, don’t need approval of others, and are not discouraged by failure.

There are many factors that determine our position in life. Everyone has different abilities, opportunities, finances, and ambitions. Some decide early in life what they want to do and others never find their true niche. They try different jobs but are never fulfilled.

Our experience in growing up has a tremendous effect in adult life. Some parents are over protective and unknowingly curtail their children’s growth. Others encourage their kids to explore their interests and praise them when they do well. Being told, no, don’t, continually may have a negative effect on self esteem. Those who are praised and told to continue things they do well results in self confidence.

If one of our children failed to grow physically, we would do everything in our power to discover the cause and correct it. Fortunately physical growth comes naturally, but how we develop mentally, socially, spiritually and career-wise depends upon our determinations to continue to grow.

We need to take a lesson from nature. Grass, plants, trees and other vegetation only knows one thing—grow. From the time they emerge from the ground they continue to grow. If the grass is cut or trees are trimmed they just grow more.

People, however, are easily discouraged when they are criticized, or fail in a project. They often give up and try something else. We need to learn from our mistakes and continue to grow because that is our purpose in life.

If you fail, either you are trying something you don’t have a talent for, or you simply were less than perfect in how you went about it. The first thing you should do is determine what field you fit in based on interests, abilities and training. If failure occurs after entering the right field, failure simply means that you need to keep trying. People learning to hit the bull’s eye with their weapon don’t quit when they miss the mark, they keep trying until they can hit it time after time. You should not be discouraged because you fall short. You should keep trying and growing. Success comes by fine-tuning methods.

It is important to determine what field you fit in and obtain training for it. College provides broad knowledge that permits going from one field to a related one with little trouble. Do not stop learning after you finish school. Successful people never stop learning. You can learn how to do things better, with experience. You can even learn from things that happen to you. It is all meant to teach you something. Keep up with new developments in your field and change with them or you will find yourself out of date, subject to being replaced by someone who has kept up with the times.

We often settle into a comfortable way of doing things and avoid trying anything new. Staying in your comfort area too much can result in getting in a rut. To develop fully you need to continue to try new things. Venturing out of your comfort level permits you to discover new ideas and talents. Sometimes people stumble onto new concepts and start a whole new career by learning to be comfortable in other areas.

Losers wait for things to break their way. Winners make their own breaks. They determine what they want and make preparations so they can obtain them. Losers stay in their comfort level and winners continue to grow in all areas by increasing in knowledge, wisdom and social skills. Never be satisfied with your position and abilities. Continue to grow, developing new concepts and methods.

Go on to spiritual maturity. We must continue to grow to be secure. Those just inside of Christ may go back into the world when temptations come. The deeper inside Christ, the less likely to retreat. Get acquainted with the Godhead to develop an unshakable faith. Live life to the full. Discover where you fit in your congregation. Learn more and order by clicking on the following link.

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  • Posted On December 26, 2006
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