Have you wondered, How Successful People Grow? Well, I can tell you, Growth Doesn’t Happen by Accident. You have to become an Intentional Learner. Ask yourself, “Where do I want to go in life? How far can I imagine going? What’s stopping me from you growing? If you’re like most of us, the answer is, YOU! The only person who can stop you from growing is YOU. Here are 8 common Growth Gaps many of us are facing that are hindering our growth process.
“If you focus on goals, you may hit goals. If you focus on growth, you will grow and always hit goals.” – John C. Maxwell
“I Assume That I will Automatically Grow”
Your body automatically grows, but that doesn’t mean your personal development will. We (even when we don’t feel like it) need to mentally feed our minds. Reading books like “How Success People Grow” by John C. Maxwell or listening to motivational speaking will help us with our journey. Growth HAS to be intentional.
“I Don’t Know How to Grow”
Are you really going to let the lack of knowledge hold you down? “My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge,” says Hosea 4:6. Decide on a goal and create a list of the things that will help you reach it. Do you want to become a nurse? Then you know you need to attend nursing school. A photographer? Enroll in a community college course or a free local workshop to freshen up your skills. Once you begin working towards your goal, growth opportunities become inevitable. “If ya don’t know, now ya know!”
“It’s Not the Right Time to Begin”
Don’t let life pass you by! “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” (James 4:14 NLT) You’re not promised tomorrow. So start today! If you don’t, you’ll never hit goals.
“I’m Afraid of Making Mistakes”
Welcome to the club! Mistakes are all about growing. Thinking about! How many tries did it take you to begin walking? Did you give up? We may fall again and again, but mistakes are unavoidable. We’re not perfect! Warren Bennis states, “A mistake is simply another way of doing things.” Expect to make mistakes, learn from them and keep going!
“I Have to Find the Best Way Before I Start”
Please tell me how’s that working for you. No, really, I’m curious! Because like the Mistake Gap, we want our growth to be flawless. This simply will not happen. John Maxwell describe it perfectly, “It’s similar to driving on an unfamiliar road at night. Ideally, you’d like to be able to see your whole route before you begin. But you see it progressively. As you move forward, a little more of the road is revealed. If you want to see more of the way, then get moving.”
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn
“I Don’t Feel Like Doing it”
Who does? Let’s get real. Do we ever feel like doing anything? Like going to work for example. But we all want that paycheck, right? Then we know we have to put in hard work to receive a reward. Although we may not feel inspired to grow, the reward is definitely worth it. If we just put forth a little effort every day, think how far we will go! The more you know, the more you’ll grow!
“Others Are Better Than I Am”
Thank God! There’s nothing new under the sun. As humans, we create and innovate. If you admire someone in your desired profession, befriend them. You never know who could be the missing link to help you reach your goals. Appreciate those ahead of you who can show you the way.
“I Thought It Would Be Easier Than This
Do you think it was easy for Oprah to become OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)? No one ever said life would be easy, but like Jim Rohn says, “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”
Let’s make the transition to intentional grow today! Face our fears and stop letting the School of Hard Knocks plan our lives. It will be a journey, but it’ll DEFINITELY be worth it!
Each week, I’ll be reading a chapter of John Maxwell’s How Successful People Grow: 15 Ways to Get Ahead in Life, applying it to my life, and of course, sharing it with you. Ready to Grow?! You can purchase your copy on Amazon.com to read along with me. Hope you’ll join me!
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