Self Growth: Ch 11 Rev of 15 Laws of Growth – Trade Offs

Trade offs are part of growing up … changing … becoming more successful in life. We tend to stay within our comfort zone until we begin to feel dissatisfied. As we grow and get better, we use different but similar tools. We go from being in a stroller to a 3-wheeler to a 2-wheeler, maybe skates, scooters until we arrive at motorcycles and cars and some stretch further to become pilots. We grow and become more proficient.

Self Growth: Ch 10 Rev of 15 Laws of Growth – Rubber Band

Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be.  Only a mediocre person is always at their best. God’s gift to us is our potential. Our gift to God is developing it. The only way to develop is to stretch. “Life begins at the end of our comfort zone.”

Have you stretched today?

  1. Average – Mediocrity is not worth shooting for. Do you fill life with time or time with life?
  2. Settling for the status quo ultimately leads to dissatisfaction. Settling for the comfort zone means not reaching – stretching – to reach your full potential. Doing the same things day in and day out with the same people – living in a rut.
  3. Stretching always starts from the inside. Do you have a dream? Are you pursuing it?

Self Growth: Ch 9 Review of 15 Laws of Growth – Ladder

Character growth determines the height of your personal growth. Personal growth leads to personal success.

  1. Focus on being better on the inside than on the outside. Character matters … it represents who we are on the inside. As we think in our hearts, so we become. Before you can do … you must be. For example, expressions of care on the outside, with a heart of hatred on the inside will not bring lasting peace. We must align the inside and the outside of our lives. Getting the inside right must come first with solid character traits that provide the foundation for growth. Character is a quality that embodies several important traits such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom.
  2. Follow the Golden Rule. People matter. The Golden Rule prompts you to think of other people and to take the higher road.

Self Growth: Ch 8 Review of 15 Laws of Growth – Pain

Life is like a see-saw … full of ups and downs. Have you heard the statement, “Some days you’re the pigeon, other days you’re the statue?” I especially like the rain when I’m the statue. 🙂

The most successful people in life point to the hard times in their lives as key points in their journey of development. It’s in learning how to play a poor hand well.

Self Growth: Ch 7 Rev of 15 Laws of Growth – Design

The timing of this chapter is incredible. Reflecting on how this year has played out will definitely help to develop strategies to maximize growth next year. How did it go?  Keeping track on a calendar is a tremendous help. Use a notepad and jot down notes on what went well and what didn’t. How did the activity of this year keep us on track in meeting our goals? Did the people we met with help us grow? What did we learn? Were we able to impact the lives of others? What should we continue doing? What could be made better? What do we need to learn in order to improve?

Self Growth: Ch 6 Rev of 15 Laws of Growth – Environment

Growth thrives in conducive surroundings. We take the first step when we refuse to be a captive in the environment we find ourselves in. Sometimes there comes a time when we need to change the environment in order to grow and this can be painful. If we want to grow to reach our full potential, we must be in the right environment which usually requires us to make changes in our life.

For example, if someone is always at the head of class – they’re in the wrong place. The best place to learn and grow is where others are ahead of us. Change depends on our choices and it’s impossible to grow without changing. We need to know the difference between a problem/challenge that can be changed and a fact that cannot. It reminds me of the Serenity Prayer…

Things we can’t change are where and when we were born, to whom, your DNA … BUT, we can change our attitude about them.When our attitude changes, many growth opportunities appear. Success or failure have very little to do with circumstances. Instead they are connected to the choices we make in life.

In order to put ourselves in a better place/environment for growth:

Self Growth: Ch 5 Rev of 15 Laws of Growth – Consistency

The test of greatness is consistency – it’s the key to growth. “Motivation gets you going — Discipline keeps you growing.” From John Maxwell’s 15 Laws of Growth, my review covers the four questions of What, How, Why and When of personal improvement.

Do you know WHAT you need to improve? By expanding yourself, you expand your potential.

Do you know HOW you are supposed to improve? What type of motivation do YOU need?

  • Start with small reachable goals and practice them … daily.

Self Growth: Ch 4 Rev of 15 Laws of Growth – Reflection

This chapter on Reflection is amazing. I realize that I haven’t taken the time to do much of it but now I understand why doing so is important.

In order to develop personal or self-awareness ask yourself questions. These exercises are best completed by writing down both the question and answer and then going back and reflecting.

Why is reflection so important? How does it become such a powerful tool in learning who you are and living a life of purpose? How do you feel or have you ever thought about that little line between the birth and death years? I’d like my “Dash” to be long and squiggly.

  • Pausing – taking the time for reflection turns experience into insight. When you think about an experience, do you wonder why it happened? What ‘things’ came together to make it turn out like it did? Do you want it to happen or not happen again?