The Two Types of Growth

Dr. John Townsend

January 14, 2018

Life is all about self-improvement and growth. The happiest and most successful people have some structured commitment to a growth process.

It’s critical for you to understand these two types of growth in your own journey.

Optimizing Growth. I am referring here to the fact all of us have potential to do something or become someone at a higher level than we are currently. We were designed to reach our full potential and maximize our impact on the world.

Some examples of optimizing growth would be: identifying and developing your gifts and talents, finding your innate passions in work or service, landing on your mission in life, having great family and friend relationships, and being as in-shape and healthy as possible.

Some context for optimizing growth might be joining a career development group, hiring a coach, learning a sport or musical instrument, or starting a life team for personal growth.

Healing Growth. Everyone has problems. We’re all healing from something. Some are minor, others are major. This might refer to depression, anxiety, substance issues, addictions or relational struggles. Great healing is possible and probable when we pay attention to these in a structured context. The clinical and neurobiological research areas are very helpful here as well.


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