You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have

In his podcast, The Law of Intentionality, John Maxwell speaks of the critical importance of intentionality in the great leaders’ journey of continued growth and learning. He beautifully captures the importance of growth in the great leaders’ life saying: “You cannot give what you do not have.” Growth is the continued source of improvement, new discoveries and successes. It opens our minds and eyes to new possibilities . It is a choice to move from who and what we are to the who and what we can be.

Growth is not automatic,” he says, “If you want to grow, it has to be on purpose. You have to be intentional about it.” Many of us make the assumption that growth will happen naturally as the result of the day-to-day experiences in our personal life. Undeniably that happens, and the results can be great or small and they will occur by chance. There needs to be more – a plan, one which identifies the areas in which that growth occurs. He suggests that there are at least two elements of development in that plan: an area of choice (e.g. attitude, discipline) and skill (e.g. public speaking). These are starting points in our continued journey to achieve our greatest potential.

Growth is the only guarantee that tomorrow is going to get better,” he writes. May you always remember Maxwell’s counsel to great leaders: “Growth doesn’t just happen – not for me, not for you, not for anybody. You have to go after it.” Go after it with passion and excitement. Be bodacious, so that you can give plentifully and fully to yourself and those whom you selflessly and caringly serve. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Grow intentionally and live passionately. Be more than you ever dreamed you could be.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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