by PayPro, on May 6, 2021 10:40:00 AM
If I decide to be a lifelong learner, I'd ask what do I need to do to become one? I read to learn, to understand.
Sometimes I read things I do not agree with. Every day I read the editorial pieces in the local newspaper. I read the conservative side and I read the liberal side. Why, I read to understand both points of view. When I am in my car, I listen to educational CD’s or podcasts. I have even found I can look up subject matter on YouTube and play that through my cars' Bluetooth. In fact, there is not a day that goes by that I am not digging into something that will help me improve in my job by keeping up to date on the latest human capital solutions, but more importantly to improve as a person.
I do this because I enjoy it, but I also do this for you. I want to learn and grow so I can help you, help my friends and my family. I want to be seen as a resource, someone who enjoys sharing with others the things that I have learned. But I have also found that learning and growing has changed me from someone who is always seeing the worst to always seeing the best. Growing gives me HOPE.
Think about it; growth in the natural world is all about looking forward. A sapling becomes a mighty oak by growing slowly over time. An infant grows into a child, who eventually becomes an adult. Hope is the same way. It looks forward. When we have hope, we can imagine a better future. And hope isn’t just wishing for things that might be. It’s the firm belief in things that will be. It’s looking past your present circumstances with the belief that you have a future.
Planting the seed of growth is not complicated. It’s as simple as a change in mindset. When we decide to believe that growth is possible, and commit to pursuing it, hope begins to rise. The change in focus is only the first step, but it can be the beginning of a long and rewarding journey.
Choosing to grow is important. But that decision is not enough to create change on its own. Next, we need to acknowledge that growth is a gradual process – that in fact, it happens one day at a time. And then we need to establish the habit of growing on a consistent basis.
When you practice the discipline of growing a little every day and honoring the commitments you made to yourself, you are doing your part to strengthen the hope inside of you. With each small step taken every day, you make progress toward improving yourself and your world. It’s like author Garrison Keillor once said, “There’s only so much you can do, but you must do that much – even if you don’t know how much that is.” When you grow, you are putting your future into motion. And with every step toward the future, hope is reinforced and strengthened.