Lessons From Leaders….

“As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works.” – John Maxwell

Wow. Time flies when you are having fun! It feels like one day I looked up and realized that it’d been two weeks (and just where did they go?!?) since I’ve posted here. Then…. I reminded myself that I am not going to post about not posting. :)

This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending Leadercast 2012.  The theme of which was all about choices. I learned SO much that I’m still trying to digest it all. The lesson for me though, the one that really struck a nerve, was the fact that while we spend a lot of time each day making choices, how much time are we actually focusing on the ones which matter most? That said, over the next few weeks I intend to share with you some of the tidbits I learned from the each of the amazing speakers.

Today, I’m going to start with what I learned from John Maxwell. John has a new book coming out titled The 15 Laws of Personal Growth which, of course, happened to be the topic he was presenting on. John shared a story about how when he was in his early 20’s he sat down with one of his mentors who asked a question of him that transformed his life. The same question which he in turn asked the audience on Friday. He asked us whether or not we have a “personal growth plan?” To be honest, while it’s no secret that I’m extremely committed to personal growth, I can’t say that I had ever given much thought to having a “personal growth plan.”

Thinking back, it seems a little odd that I hadn’t given much thought to how I was going to grow personally and/or strategically planned for it. Embarrassingly, I believed that growth just happened . I realize, now, that this is not the case and that I need to grow intentionally. And below, I’m going to show you a little bit about why this is, and what I learned, in hopes that it can help you on your own personal growth journey.

  • In all things remember : “The choices you make, make you.” Ask yourself  (at the end of the day) what story you want to tell.
  • Be aware of who you are and where you are on your journey. Be honest in your assessment: “We must know ourselves to grow ourselves.”
  • Stop trying to grow where you are weak. This just makes you average. Focus on growing in your strengths. I have to say this was a HUGE “aha moment” for me! 
  • Keep yourself in a “growth environment.” Be very careful who you spend your time with. People without passion are dead…they just haven’t made it official yet.
  • Remind yourself daily: “Failure is not my enemy!” Fail forward. And learn from it.
  • Invest in yourself. It’s the best investment you can make. Plus, no one else will do what you’re not willing to do yourself.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s called stretching. And if you typically find yourself at the “head of the class” it’s not a good thing.
So how about you? Do you have a person growth plan? Have you given thought to how and where you want/need to grow?

“We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice.” John C. Maxwell

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