Currently I am facilitating a Master Mind Session on “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John Maxwell. This is one of the best books on Personal Growth.
I am going to blog about 2 Laws every single week. This is the information as read and understood by me. Hopefully it would help the readers. I would recommend everyone to get a book and study it thoroughly. The journey to your personal growth would be amazing.
LAW 1 – The Law of Intentionality – Growth Doesn’t Just Happen
Do you have a Plan to Grow?
Even if you are intentional about working, reaching your goals, and being successful and working hard, you may hope to get what you want, but working hard doesn’t guarantee success and hope is not a strategy.
“People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they there-ore remain bound” – James Allen in As a Man Thinketh
Growth Gap Traps
- The Assumption Gap – I assume I will automatically grow
“A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be” – Bruce Springsteen
- The Knowledge Gap – I don’t know how to grow
Many people learn only from the school of hard knocks. It’s much better to plan your growth intentionally. Once you plan your growth you well start to see growth opportunities everywhere. Your world will expand.
- The Timing Gap – It’s not the right time to grow
Most people don’t act as quickly as they should on things.
Law of Diminishing Intent – The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.
“Life lived for tomorrow will always be a day away from being realized.” – Leo Buscaglia
Go ahead and do it before you are ready.
- The Mistake Gap – I am afraid of growing
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” – Robert H. Schuller
If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes.
- The Perfection Gap – I have to find the best way before I can start growing
You have to get started if you want to find the best way. As you move forward, a little more road is revealed to you. You see it progressively. If you want to see more of the way, then get moving.
- The Inspiration Gap – I don’t feel like growing
Forget motivation. Just Do it. After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.
“You are more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action” – Jerome Bruner
The reasons to keep growing far outweigh the reasons to start growing. You discover the reasons to stay with growth only if you stick with it long enough to start reaping the benefits.
- The Comparison Gap – Others are better than I am
Learn to be uncomfortable with being out of your comfort zone. Great men are willing to share their ideas. You can learn only if others are ahead of you.
- The Expectation Gap – I thought it would be easier than this
You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight – Jim Rohn
Preparation (Growth + Attitude + Opportunity + Action (doing something) = LUCK
MAKING THE TRANSITION TO INTENTIONAL GROWTH
Ask the Big Question Now
- Where do you want to go in life?
- What direction do you want to go?
- What’s the farthest you can imagine going?
- How long will this take?
Do It Now
Later is a dream killer
Face the Fear Factor
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of being overextended financially
- Fear of what others will say of Think
- Fear that Success will alienate peers
“Feed your faith and starve your fear”
Change From Accidental to Intentional Growth
You must go out of your way to seize growth opportunities as if your future depended upon it. Growth doesn’t just happen – you have to go after it.
Rework your calendar, schedule time for personal growth. Set appointment with yourself for personal growth every day, five days a week, fifty week a year and START NOW!