Growth vs Decay

Growth Vs Decay


Growth, Stability, or Decay. These are believed to be the possible stages for all living things.

In reality, there is no such thing as stability. Every living thing is either in a state of growth or decay. Stability is a myth. Consider for a moment a wooden dining table. Before being cut down, milled, assembled, and ultimately eaten on, the wood of the table was a living, thriving, growing tree.

The moment the tree was cut down, it began the early stages of decay. The more the wood was processed, this process of breaking down continued. Over the course of many years, even if the table is well maintained by its owners, it will continue to break down on an atomic level until ultimately – perhaps hundreds of years into the future – it will return to the earth from which it came.

As it is with the wooden dining table, it is with human beings. We are conceived in the womb, we are nurtured as we develop and grow, we go through stages of development throughout our early years… then gradually our biological systems begin to turn towards the aging process.

Even the healthiest person, while perhaps successful at slowing it, cannot stop the aging process. We can buy into a healthy lifestyle, cosmetics, procedures, and so on… And still we age. Our physical bodies can only be in a state of growth or decay.

The good news is human beings are far more than a physical self. All people are also emotional, mental, and spiritual beings. It may help to think of the yourself with 4 sides to a square. All 4 sides of this square can be in either a state of growth or decay, just as the physical self.

Consider a heart monitor… when the dot moves up and down, you will see a jagged line on the screen – that’s your heart beat. The line is not stable, it’s in constant motion – this means you’re alive.

Stability in this metaphor looks like a solid, unmoving line. Flat line. Death. Stability is a myth.

Put a Shark in Your Tank

Comfort Vs Support


At PSI, we often use the example of “putting a shark in your tank”…

This is the story of a group of fishermen who discovered an ingenious solution to improve their results, and believe it or not, the idea can directly translate to your life too!

For many years, fishermen struggled to get their catch back to market still alive. All to often, the boats returned to harbor with the fish in their hold already dead. The fisherman attempted many different strategies to get their haul back as fresh as possible… and constantly found their product lacking…

Until one day when one of the fisherman decided to see what would happen if they placed a small shark in the tank with the fish they had caught.

To everyone’s surprise, when the boat arrived at the market, the vast majority of the fish were alive and well, resulting in the finest product available!

What the fishermen learned was that even though they might lose a few fish along the way, their catch was forced to stay active, not comfortable.

In this story, the fish in the tank remain healthy because they’re constantly on the move with a shark on their tail… fish who stayed still in the water died, every time.

How does this translate to your life?

You have a choice to surround yourself with people who will support you in staying comfortable, or in growing.

Often supporting someone to grow means challenging them and at times even seeing them greater than they see themselves!

On a special extended episode of the PSI Podcast, you’ll hear from PSI Facilitator Courtland Warren about Building Your Dream Team and creating an inner circle of support!

Click here to listen now!

Discover the Hidden Treasures in Adversity

From Struggle to Serenity


PSI Podcast Live Training with
PSI Seminars Facilitator Kathy Quinlan-Perez
When the going gets tough, the tough gets uncovered! When faced with life’s challenges, what if you could see the gifts instead of focusing on the pain?

At PSI, we use the term “suffering is optional” in our Pacesetters Leadership Dynamics program. What this means is while challenge, or hardship might be inevitable, the suffering which accompanies it is not required… it’s a choice. The choice lies in how you look at adversity.

On a recent episode of the PSI Podcast, facilitator Kathy Quinlan-Perez talked about discovering the hidden treasures in adversity, so you can go From Struggle to Serenity!

Something you might often hear Kathy say is “you were put on this planet to live an extraordinary life, and the only thing stopping you from living an extraordinary life is your thought process.”

The way you think about the struggles in your life have a direct impact on how you recover from them… you can get stuck, or you can grow and become stronger as a result of your experience!

Everything in life is a gift, if you choose for it to be so. Get on the path of least resistance… Go From Struggle to Serenity and listen to this exciting episode of the PSI Podcast at

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