Are You Moving Forward on the Evolutionary Scale of Your Life?
How high does a tree grow? Twenty feet? One-hundred feet? A species of a Sequoia tree is known to grow over 300 feet… Certainly the growth rate is dependent upon the type and species of the tree as well as the environmental conditions of the area, but as a general rule the answer is AS HIGH AS IT CAN! If a tree stops growing or doesn’t survive it is usually because of other factors like disease or deforestation. A healthy tree never stops growing!
How does man measure up?
How does the evolution of human beings compare to that of a tree? According to the infamous ‘Evolution of Man’ chart, we all started off essentially as chimpanzees on one end of the scale, instinctively fighting to survive like any other animal. The chart depicts man gradually growing taller and more erect over the course of five million years.
On the other end of the scale is a fully-evolved human being. However, man did more than grow, change, and adapt physically over the progression of time. He actually became more intelligent, developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. He became more self-sufficient and capable. Will there someday be an addendum to the ‘Evolution of Man’ chart or has mankind already reached full potential?
The evolutionary scale of your life
Taking this evolutionary concept into consideration and applying it to the life of an individual, how many of us can say that we are moving forward on the evolutionary timeline of our lives? Are you becoming a more capable person over the course of time? Are you moving towards realizing your full potential both professionally and personally?
Or are you at a standstill in your life, perceiving your current circumstances as the final product of your personal evolution? Do you compare yourself to others and disqualify yourself as capable of achieving similar success? Do you decide for yourself what success will look like in your own life or are you setting your goals based on the standards of those around you?
The difference between a ‘GOAL’ and a ‘MUST’
People tend to see a goal as something to shoot for or move towards. The idea of a goal lacks urgency and they are therefore seldom achieved. For example, your doctor might recommend losing twenty pounds as a means of staying healthy and avoiding illness. You may make a goal to lose the extra weight, but you soon tire of the discipline required to exercise and eat healthy and your goal is never met. Now let’s say you return to the doctor and you are diagnosed with high cholesterol or diabetes. You no longer have an option- you must lose the weight and so you do!
Here’s another example: your doctor tells you to stop smoking. You give it a try, making it a goal to stop smoking within six months… Once again, you become distracted from your goal making failure inevitable. However, after you are given a lung cancer diagnosis, the stakes are raised and quitting becomes a must. Not surprisingly, what was previously a goal is finally achieved! Don’t let success be simply a goal in your life. Make it a must and you will achieve it!
I challenge you to look above and beyond your present circumstances. Don’t let the opinions and influences of others keep you from overcoming new challenges and achieving more. I challenge you to continue moving forward on the evolutionary chart of your life. You are capable of so much more than you realize! Don’t ever stop evolving into the person you are meant to be!
Moving Forward - Are you ready?
Are you ready to move forward? Please let me know in the comments below.