One of the main reasons I am doing a Think Week is to have some clarity on where I envision my life moving toward in the next 2, 5, and 10 years. I am making sure I do not squander my Think Week. I am using Think Week as a time to reflect on where I am but also to look ahead to where I want to go. Personal growth is something every one of us should prioritize. Over planning can lead to frustration, but overarching ideas are always important to keep in mind.
What Is Personal Growth?
If you Google the definition of personal growth, Wikipedia’s explanation of personal development is one of the first sites you come across. Wikipedia states that personal development is the “activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.” They go on to say that “[p]ersonal development takes place over the course of a person’s entire life.” I tend to agree with how Wikipedia describes personal development, although some information I take with a grain of salt. I define personal growth as the pursuit of my full potential in all areas of my life.
Why Did I Choose Personal Growth for Day 1?
I wanted day 1 to be both a reflection and a projection. I want to be able to sit down and really think about where I have been. How did I get where I am today. Sometimes I think we get so bogged down on life, in general, we forget to appreciate the past. I want to use this time to do so. I also want to use the time to project where I can be. It is so easy to daydream about the great things you will do in life, but how often do you think about what it’ll take to get there? We don’t and then we don’t take action.
What Questions Will You Explore?
I decided that during my Think Week, I want to have some questions in mind to help guide my thinking initially. These questions are not meant to limit me but instead are meant to inspire my thinking. These questions have also influenced the articles and books I will read. I will preface my list with this warning: I am a Christian, so my worldview is filtered through that. After these questions are explored, I want to write a 12-month outlook for not only my career but also my relationships and service.
The questions i will explore are listed below:
- where am I spiritually?
- in what ways have I grown?
- what does God envision for me in my relationships, work, and service?
- are my goals consistent with what God’s vision is for me?
- what goals aren’t consistent with what God’s vision is for me?
What Are You Reading?
As I said before, I am a Christian so my worldview is filtered through that. I truly believe God has a plan for my life and although it won’t be an easy path, He will be with me on the hard path. With that said, I decided I needed to understand what God has said about vision in the lives of humans and how He works in collaboration with humans to accomplish the vision. I also wanted to see how women in the Old Testament were apart of the collaboration with God.
The articles and books I plan to read are listed below:
- Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will ~Kevin DeYoung
- Found: God’s Will ~John MacArthur
- Deborah — Judges 4 and 5
Day 1 of Think Week is all about setting a foundation for the rest of the year. It also sets a foundation for the rest of the week. This is a lighter reading day and I believe it will be much more thinking and writing. As I said, I don’t want to squander the time I have. I want to make sure I am learning. It’s not just about learning more about where my life is going, but I want to make sure I learn more about myself. Where have I been, where am I, and where am I going? I can make the necessary adjustments now, I may not have that chance in the future. Make sure you check out last week’s Think Week Introduction and check back here next week for a break down on day 2.