It’s said that a goldfish will only grow to the size of the tank it is in. It would actually be more accurate to say that the environment that exist inside of a small tank can limit the growth of a goldfish. A high concentration of naturally occurring items such as nitrates in water and certain pheromones in the fish itself are what can limit growth. Moving to a larger tank where these items are diluted removes their negative effects and allows the fish to grow to its full potential.
Growth in individuals and companies is the same. We will not grow to our full potential if our environment is growth inhibiting. Do we have challenging goals that stretch our abilities? Are we surrounded by others who encourage our growth? If we are, then we are on our way to being all we can become. If we are not, maybe it is time to change the environment or change to a different environment.
“Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth.” – John Maxwell
Growth is not a destination; it is a direction. Growth is moving forward not backward. Growth is meant to be continuous.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have not meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
In fact, according to Henry Ford, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
When we grow we are like the fish who no longer fits into the small tank – we leave behind what we were so we can be who we’ve become.