What is Keeping You From Growing?

April 18, 2011

As Christians, we should be on a journey of growth – of sanctification.  Continuing to become more conformed to the image of Christ.

As leaders, we should also be on a path of continual learning and growth in regards to our role as a leader.  But sometimes we aren’t.  Sometimes we seem to be stuck.

So what are the barriers we may be encountering to our growth? James Kouzes & Barry Posner suggest the following three areas that might be a barrier to our growth:

Pride – this is the granddaddy of most of our problems – spiritually, professionally, relationally and so on. They make the statement that you can’t be proud and teachable at the same time which is so true.  In our ministry, we have found pride to be the number one issue in most people’s lives that hinder their relationship with God, their relationships with others and hinders their growth.

Success – it has been said that success is a greater test of a man’s character than adversity.  Sometimes we rest on our success and feel like we have it all figured out.  This is deadly in regards to your continued growth.  In fact a book has been written about this called What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There.

Lack of Time – to grow, you need to invest time in learning. You need to be intentional.  I would actually title this one Priorities as we tend to make time for what is important to us.  The problem many of us actually deal with is incorrect priorities.

So – what are you doing about growing in all areas of your life?  Do you have a plan?  If not, check out this post by Michael Hyatt for a great tool to help in this area.

Hope you have a great week as we prepare to remember what Christ did for all of us on the Cross and to celebrate the victory of His Resurrection.

BG