How to Grow in Life: Inspired by the 15 Invaluable laws of growth

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I recently started reading a new book written by John C. Maxwell “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” today and completed “Today Matters” last week. The excitement I have with reading the book on growth has me focused more now than ever. The first chapter is on the law of intentionality and explores the idea of being urgent and consistent. When we have things to do, some of us like to put the work off and have that “later” feeling. You know the “I’ll get to that later” thinking when you don’t feel like doing what needs to be done until you have to get it done. This happens more often then I would like to admit, and I’m sure some would be brave enough to admit that they are not always perfect in taking care of daily tasks on time. We all make mistakes, and some of us create bad habits of not growing ourselves to become more effective in taking on our set goals. The easy part is thinking about the idea, but the hardest part is to get started and to grow into that idea. John C. Maxwell made a point in the chapter about how we must decide which emotion to feed more: Fear or Faith.

The one we feed becomes more powerful. In my experience, I’ve noticed how the more time you spend in either faith or fear, you’re exercising one to become stronger. Developing my mind by reading has become my priority and top goal this year. Reason for this is because I made a choice to grow from the inside out. Earlier this year I read “Winning with People” and “Today Matters” that has changed my way of thinking and looking at how I see myself, people, circumstances, and life in general. I know I’m not growing if things get comfortable or routine. Leaders lead themselves before they lead people and that’s why reading has sparked a great interest in my ability to grow and evaluate myself daily. There are days when I’m successful and some days when I fail, but the one constant variable is that I’m pursuing growth.

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight” – Jim Rohn

When your discipline matches your desire to be better, you’ll see results. Transformation starts when you let go of the old ways and start a new path. This new path may require hard decisions, unpopular choices, difficult times, and unprecedented challenges but this path will lead you to a better future. Where? Where am I going is the question that remains in the back of my head. What am I doing is the question I must answer daily.

Towards the end of the chapter about the law of intentionality, there was an interesting contrast made between accidental growth and intentional growth. Let’s look at it.

Accidental Growth vs. Intentional Growth:

Plans to start tomorrow… Insists on starting today

Waits for growth to come… Takes complete responsibility to grow

Learns only from mistakes… Often learns before mistakes

Depends on good luck… Relies on hard work

Quits early and often… Perseveres long and hard

Falls into bad habits… Fights for good habits

Talks big… Follows through

Plays it safe… Takes risks

Thinks like a victim… Thinks like a learner

Relies on talent… Relies on character

Stops learning after graduation… Never stops growing

What I take for this and I’m sure some of you will too is that everything good that we desire to become completely depends on us and our commitment to growing into that idea. Our thoughts about ourselves are important to be positive, but positive action is also a requirement to grow beyond our perceived limits.

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Be urgent with your intention to grow daily, and be urgent by starting today. Find the resources and feed your faith by practicing with the tools available to help grow from the inside/out. You project your world everywhere daily and the results depend only on you. How you grow is based on where you want to be, and what you’re willing to do to get there. Develop the inside, and then the outside will reflect the growth taking place.

CEO at Shemaiah Production Studio, LLC Founder at Refocused Magazine

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