Four Steps to Grow to Your Fullest
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full - John 10:10
One of the best writers in 19th century, Oliver Wendell Holme, has said, the biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources but the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.
Hi my dear friends, do you want to go to grave with your best still in you? I bet you don’t. We, human beings are valuable seeds planted by an infinite intelligence or God. Within us there are unlimited potentials. We are responsible to live out our full potentials and achieve our maximum and fullest in life. I understand how hard it is for most people to live out their best. So I outlined a four-step roadmap that’s written in my book, Grow to Your Fullest, to help you on your journey to your excellence in life.
Step 1. Find Your Life Mission
Life without a purpose is meaningless, without a vision is aimless. Vision is the picture of future life and purpose is its meaning and it tells why you pursue that picture. Without purpose, you lack passion; without vision, you are like a blind walking and circling around where you are and reach nowhere.
In order to achieve your fullest, you have to find your passion and destination in life. Once you find them, you find your mission because mission is the purpose plus vision. So step 1 is to find your life mission.
The mission is not from you instead it’s from God. You have to find it by earnestly calling for Him and constantly sending twitters to Him. Believe, seek, you will find. And the Lord has said, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10)
Once you find life’s mission, you will start a journey to fulfill your mission. However on the journey, typically you face two types of obstacles, internal and external ones, you have to overcome both to reach your greatest.
Step 2. Conquer the Internal Obstacle, Yourself
The internal ones are from yourself, they are self-egos and I-glasses and selfishness, conceit, cynicism, jealousy, procrastination. Step 2 is to conquer yourself. It’s like a seed with a hard shell where a life sleeps in it. The seed has to break out its shell first before the new life sprouts out. To live out your best, you have to be broken first like a baby bird has to break out its egg’s shell to get out and grow and fly.
The process of self-brokenness is not pleasant at all instead it’s full of pains and risks. It requires courage, determination and perseverance. However it’s a process of indispensable. Without it, you will always remain as a seed until it gets rotten.
Step 3. Conquer the External Obstacles
Once you succeed in breaking your shell, you come out to a world, full of sunshine and storms; green pasture and desert; opportunities and problems. Step 3 is to overcome the barriers from the outside world, all kinds of roadblocks on the way: rejections, persecutions, cynicism, jealousy, criticism and distractions, etc.
Once upon a time, a donkey fell into a deep well, the owner could not pull it out no matter how hard he tried. Sadly he decided to bury it alive. He shoveled dirt into the well and it fell on the back of donkey, immediately the donkey shaken off the dirt and stepped on it and stepped up. The more dirt the man poured in, the higher the donkey rose. Finally it went out of the well into a green pasture.
Like the donkey, you have to turn all the problems into step stones to reach the top of your success mountain. You have to conquer all the barriers before you are able to bud, bloom and bear fruits.
Step 4. Multiply Your Best
Finally, step 4 is to multiply your success. Yes you have to go extra mile to go beyond your personal maximum and guide others to reach their best. Be a leader and share your wits of nuggets and train others. In doing so, you plant new seeds. Dr. Robert Schuler said you can count the number of seeds in an apple but you cannot count the number of apples in a seed? You never know how many people you can influence and how many fruits you bear through others.
My friends, where are you now? Have you found your mission? Are you ready to go through a process of self-brokenness? Have you developed strategies and plans to overcome the obstacles in the world? If you answer any of the question no, I suggest you to read the book, Grow to Your Fullest, it provides you with a concrete roadmap to live to your fullest.
My friends, I desire, not hope not wish, I desire you have your best music played in the world before you head for heaven. May you grow to your fullest!