Guess what! Right now as you read this post you are getting older. With every hour, minute, and second that goes by you are aging. It’s just the way of life and it is something that is out of your control. So the question is, how are you aging? Are you aging like fine wine, which means you are getting better with time? Or, are you just simply aging and not getting one step closer to better?
The Challenge With Getting Better
Aging is easy because it requires no effort, it just happens. But getting better with age takes a little bit of work and requires intentionality. What you must remember is that as children the majority of us were enrolled in school. Some may have started from pre-k and have gone all the way on to college. And through this educational process we are constantly learning. But when school is over and we’ve completed our academic journey’s should our growth and development end? No, because our ability and our desire to learn should not be dependent upon our enrollment in school. We must learn to be students inside and outside of the class room.
Each and every day of our lives we must wake up knowing that today is another opportunity to get up and and learn something new. In Proverbs 18:15 we are told that “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” What this verse is basically saying is that the wise person is always learning and looking for new opportunities to learn. Therefore we should be consistently trying to improve in the area of personal development which includes, our relationship with God, our communication skills, the development of our character, our ability to be more productive and goal oriented, as well as our ability to stretch ourselves beyond our limits.
All of these things are things we must strive to get better at continually because growth in these areas simply does not happen on it’s own. So my suggestion to you today is to go back to school. Go back to school in the sense that you develop somewhat of a curriculum for yourself complete with assignments that you must fulfill so that you can get better with time.
For example, lets say you want to be more productive. So try to set aside thirty minutes to an hour a day in which you will commit to learning about being a more productive person. Go to the library and check out some books on productivity and start to read and obtain knowledge on this topic. Now you might be saying to yourself, “My life is busy I don’t have an hour or even thirty minutes to set aside for this.” Don’t worry, I understand which is why I take advantage of audio books. They are great because they allow you to learn while you are doing other things like driving in your car, exercising, or even cleaning up the house.
In addition to audiobooks you can also sign up for classes, watch educational videos, or get advice from people who are farther along in the particular area you are striving to grow in. The point is you should never allow your growth to be left up to chance. Take control of your life and do what is necessary, so that you can become a better person with time.
So what do you think about all of this? Have you been proactively working to get better with time? Let us know by leaving a comment below.