Personal growth is a decision. You cannot be coerced to grow; it is an intentional process that only you can sign up to. It’s what will separate you from the pack. Today I want to share with you 5 rules for personal growth I have picked up, mixed in with contributions from the guys at Maxwell Leadership. They are not new, but they will make a difference to your personal growth and therefore your success.
“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 C. Maxwell
1. Every day I learn.
Ask yourself the question ‘am I teachable?’ A posture of learning requires humility. To learn means you adopt the attitude of curiosity about your world. It also means you will let others speak into your life.
2. Every day I prioritise.
What will give me the greatest return, the greatest reward? What is required of me?
- What do I need to do today? What am I accomplishing
- What do I need to read?
- What do I need to listen to today?
- Who is it that I need to call? Remember in this connected world you don’t need to answer your phone just because it rings. Only answer planned calls.
- What am I looking for? Your focus for the day. Without focus you cannot tell an opportunity from a distraction.
3. Every day I apply.
What are you going to do with what you have learnt?
If you want to learn how to succeed it is wise to ask successful people. It is my experience that they are willing to share their learning with you. Make sure you are prepared when you meet with them. One question might be what are you reading that I should read?
4. Every day I evaluate.
Ask yourself the following questions as a starter:
- What went right?
- What went wrong?
- What can I do differently?
If your goal is to grow, then you need to evaluate each day. By asking the question ‘what am I learning?’ you will orient your mind towards learning. The more adept you become at evaluation the more you will focus in on the areas which will afford you maximum opportunity. In this way each day becomes intentional otherwise you have no idea why something worked, why it didn’t, and how you can change things to be more effective as a person.
5. Every day I share.
Two things a leader needs to do: You need to learn, and you need to pass it on. What you have been given must be passed on, so the benefit expands as you grow not just to you but to those around you.
Do you have a personal growth plan? If not, can I encourage you to make one. When you intentionally plan for your growth, you take the first steps on an adventure which lasts a lifetime. Your life question: ‘How far can I go?’
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela
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