Steps to Maturity
Maturity is the ability to handle frustration,
control anger, and settle differences without violence or destruction.
Maturity is patience. It is the willingness to
postpone gratification, to pass up the immediate pleasure or profit in favor of
the long-term gain.
Maturity is perseverance, sweating out a project
or a situation in spite of opposition and discouraging setbacks.
Maturity is unselfishness, responding to the
needs of others (teammates).
Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness
and disappointment without becoming bitter.
Maturity is the gift of remaining calm in the
face of chaos. This means peace, not only for ourselves, but for those with
whom we live and for those whose lives touch ours.
Maturity is the ability to disagree without
Maturity is humility. A mature person is able to
say, "I was wrong." He is also about to say, "I am sorry."
And when he is proven right, he does not have to say, "I told you
Maturity is the ability to make a decision, to
act on that decision, and to accept full responsibility for the outcome.
Maturity means dependability, integrity, keeping
one's word. The immature have excuses for everything. They are the chronically
tardy, the no-shows, the gutless wonders who fold in the crises. Their lives
are a maze of broken promises, unfinished business, and former friends.
Maturity is the ability to live in peace with
that which we cannot change.
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