Lean Into Growth

Potential. Potential. Potential.

We have it in abundance.

It is defined as “latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.”

Inherent in the definition for potential are three things. First, the qualities and abilities that we may possess are latent. They are hidden, dormant, and invisible. Second, these qualities and abilities are underdeveloped. Third, making these qualities visible may lead to future success, application, profitability, and serviceability.

To make your latent qualities and abilities visible, you must lean into growth. You must be intentional about developing personally and professionally. You must take steps on a daily basis to create the person you want to become.

Here are seven steps you can take to help you get started.

  1. Read Widely and Deeply -Reading can literally open up new worlds that may facilitate you in discovering latent qualities and abilities. It provides access to a number of mentors in every area of study imaginable. In addition, reading provides new perspectives, guides, and ways to improve the skill of your choice.
  2. Surround Yourself with Growth-Minded People – These people have the potential to influence and shape your life in more ways than you will admit to. They are people who are on a growing path themselves. They are not afraid of receiving or of giving honest feedback. These growth-minded people will help stretch your thinking and be invaluable resources.
  3. Embrace Change – Change is one thing that is not going away. Leaning into growth is an invitation for change to come in and live with you. That may be a scary and intimidating thought that can make you uncomfortable. Good! Because for the majority of us, we learn the most when we are the most uncomfortable. So, lean in and see how much more confident and resilient you can become.
  4. Go and Fail – Failure has such negative connotations. It is associated with being dumb, stupid, unworthy, loss, and fear. When things don’t turn out your way, you may feel, embarrassed, rejected, and ashamed.The reality is failing at something provides great lessons that can bring you closer to your goals.
  5. Leave the Past in the Past – Some people are more in love with the past than with the present. That is a problem. Whether your past was good or bad ruminating over it speaks volume about the quality of your life in this moment in time. You must learn from your past, so it will not become a hindrance. Leaning into growth demands that you move forward from your past to become better and stronger.
  6. Be Patient – do not derail your success by expecting immediate results. Growth takes time and is often slow, because it is a struggle between your old self and the new self you are becoming. Expect setbacks, obstacles, and disappointments – they are just temporary. With consistent efforts and actions, they will become smaller and smaller in comparison to the future success you will experience.

 

Direction

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Direction is simply the way one chooses to go.

The way that is familiar, comfortable, and full of events–

the ones we keep creating over and over again

the ones we adamantly convince ourselves

that are not in our control.

Direction is simply the choices we make daily.

The choices that seem so trivial and unimportant–

the ones we count as nothingness, emptiness, and worthlessness

the ones we dismiss as insignificant

but extraordinary enough to create our futures.

Direction is fluid, dynamic, and evolving–

where we have the power to change our minds, responses, and actions.

It is the everyday opportunity to create a new you

capable of touching lives, making a difference,

and changing the world.

The Game Changer

Undoubtedly, my number one bad habit is that of consistency.

Couple that with the myriad of distractions such as television, electronic devices, the internet, and the many demands of work and family activities and I find myself in a whirlwind.

I am sometime overcome by paralysis just thinking about it. The result is a plethora of negative consequences that I do not care for, but that are undeniable nevertheless.

One of the ways I plan to change the consistency problem this new year is to develop a morning and evening routine that will help me stay on track of what really matters.

I will make sure that what really matters–the things that I must consistently do–on a daily basis remain literally in my face.

I intend to review them morning and night. Most importantly, I will take action and not become complacent. I will take small steps every day until my mind gets it.

One of the things I will do this year is write a blog post every day -so you, the reader will keep me accountable. Don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you see any slacking on my part.

I believe that will be a game changer for my business and personal life.

What is the one bad habit if you were to make it a successful one would be the game changer in your business or personal life?

Selectively Procrastinate

We all have way too much on our to do list.

We are continuously pulled from one thing to another with distractions surrounding us.

Year after year the result of this type of chaos is the same. We end up frustrated and tired with hardly anything to show for it.

This will continue to happen if we do not change how we approach things on our to do list.

Concentrate on what matters the most. The things that will give you the most bang for your time and money. The things that only you can do and nobody else.

Yes, there are so many things competing for our attention. What do we do?

Learning to selectively procrastinate is immensely important here. It is okay to allow the less important things to wait while you focus on the things that will accelerate your success.

Practice delegation whenever possible and free up time to work on what matters most.

How will you selectively procrastinate in 2016?

 

It’s All About Focus

“Learn how to separate the majors and

the minors. A lot of people don’t

do well simply because they

major in minor things.”

Jim Rohn

Learning to master the skill of FOCUS is as essential as reading and writing. It took me a long time to learn that.

Every single year I would create a long list of goals and resolutions that I felt compelled to accomplish. The list would usually be staggering with items that could literally take years to achieve.

I would give it my best effort for a good week or two before I was too exhausted to continue. It is clear that I was major in the minors.

It was just too much.

I have learned to break this bad habit.

I have learned to distinguish between the majors and minors.

Now, my list contains no more than three items.

In this way, I am more focused and prepared to give everything on my list my very best.

The likelihood of me accomplish three goals with consistent daily action is astronomically high as compared to spreading my time to work on thirty different goals.

So, check out your list and see whether it is set up to accelerate or impede your success?

 

 

Today’s Habits = Future Results

We have heard that “your habits determine your future.”

We have heard it so much that we have neglected the power of these simple words.

We have neglected the power to change our future for the better.

We can unrecognizably change our lives from failure to success by focusing on the few habits that matter the most.

What habits will you change this year to maximize your success?

POWER…

Power is the faculty or

capacity to act, the

strength and potency

to accomplish

something.

It is the vital

energy to make

choices and decisions.

It also includes

the capacity to

overcome deeply

embedded habits

and to cultivate

higher, more

effective ones.”

—Stephen R. Covey

Where Is Your Faith

Never, never pin your

whole faith on

any human being:

not if he is the

best and wisest in the

whole world.

There are lots of

nice things you

can do with sand;

but do not

try building a

house on it.

__ C. S. Lewis

Heavenly Father,

Help us to trust you completely and not to put unnecessary burdens on our fellow brethren, because they will fall short and disappoint us like we have disappointed them.

Make us firm in our faith.

Amen

Quote of the Day

“Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser; doing well wisest and best of all.”

– Persian Proverb