What does it mean to be a grownup, to mature, or to assume adult behavior? Sadly, far too many adult women and men haven't a clue what it means to act, live, and be an adult.
We men, in particular, seem slow to grow into the responsibilities of manhood. It has less to do with physiology and more to do with psychology and social norms. Matters like avoidance of responsibilities and lack of clarity around modern male roles complicate it ... and make it that much more easy to put off.
Perhaps the story of Peter Pan has been taken to heart and we've decided to "Never Grow Up." What a loss! We can't really be on-purpose playing under our maturity level.
Maturity, like anything worthwhile, begins with a decision to grow up. Like anything worthwhile, it takes practice, a mentor or coach, and the desire to keep at it. Practice pays off. The rewards of maturity are to live into the life intended for us and to make a greater difference or contribution with our life.
Seek out a mentor, life coach, or counselor with whom you can create a structured relationship for personal leadership growth and development. This intentional approach and relationship provides the benefits of accountability, fresh perspective, and experience.
If you want to learn something new, then invest in becoming a more mature and capable person. Take one step toward being more responsible for yourself. Then another step, then another. Soon you'll discover that growing up isn't such a big deal if you take care of the small deals along the way.
On-Purpose Tip: The process within The On-Purpose Person provides a methodology to better answer some of Life's Great Questions about our identity and place in the world. If you don't know who you are, then you'll likely overcompensate by living life either too small or too large. The posing can become a preoccupation instead of being about your true occupation. Stop wasting your years! Decide to grow up.