What if I told you the strength of your relationships is contingent upon you and your partner’s commitmentto personal growth? Let’s take a closer look. Since many partnerships have dissolved as a result of stagnation, the simple act of stretching our knowledge and awareness can create the positive energy between two people to reinforce the choice to stay together. This is true for any kind of significant relationship or partnership, whether the relationship is personal or professional. Any successful partnership involves a degree of intimacy.
“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”
~ John Maxwell
So many of us believe we find security in the status quo. However over time, people tend to develop resentment with those they feel are holding them back from the life they really want. Many come to realize the predictability they once cherished is no longer satisfying. Although it is easy to blame our partners for this lack of growth, it is up to us to live the life we aspire to. It is useful to look within to determine whether you feel stifled.
Here are a few simple questions to evaluate whether you are being intellectually and emotionally stretched:
- Pay attention to your level of enthusiasm about the day ahead. Is it high or low?
- Do the activities you participate in offer the opportunity to be exposed to people outside of your normal circle?
- Have you recently learned new information that enhances your life
If you find you are stuck in the same old routine, make the powerful decision to consciously expand your awareness. With this expansion of consciousness comes the opportunity for remarkable progress. Your relationships will be positively impacted by you making the decision to step outside of what is comfortable and challenge yourself to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.