As I have an opportunity to spend some time to myself, I ought to revisit some of the books I used to read a lot. These books are mostly about business, leadership, management and the likes. I guess one of the reasons that I did is because I felt that in those years that had passed, it seems little progress was made. Ouch!
Anyway, it’s good to acknowledge and be able to assess the reality of the situation to be able to make adjustments right? One of the books I read and reading again is John Maxwell’s book titled “You Road map for Success”. I have read this book when back in 2004. Yeah, about 10 years ago. I saw the notes I wrote on it, the underlines/highlights I made, and reminded of what I was like back then – full of dreams.
Now, 10 years older, I still am full of dreams but I don’t think I achieved that much since. I won’t focus much on why but I will focus on what I can do to really make an impact first, to my personal growth in the sense of success.
I read that “complacency kills growth“. I think after a few years of my professional life, I kind of settled to pursue the wrong things which at that time I thought was right. I tried to short circuit and fast track my promotion, gave in to the temptation of higher paying jobs but to the detrimental of my character growth, and basically spread myself too thin with so many things. Now, I think I’ve learned hard and will be more cautious, focused, and prayerful. :)
On the book, it was mentioned that environment plays a lot in one’s growth. So in order for anyone to grow, a growth environment must be in place or created. Here are the things listed that a growth environment looks like:
1. Others are ahead of you – When you surround yourself with people from whom you can learn – instead of just people who are learning from you – you are more likely to grow.
2. You are still challenged – Complacency kills growth
3. Your focus is forward - If you’re thinking more about the past than the future, your growth has probably stopped.
4. The atmosphere is affirming - Industrialist Charles Schwab said, “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not bother do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” The same is true not only of work but also of growth.
5. You are out of your comfort zone - Growth requires risk. Ronald E. Osborne stated, “Unless you do something beyond what you’ve already mastered, you will never grow.”
6. Others are growing - When it comes to growth, it’s better to swim in a school than try to do everything your own.
7. There is willingness to change - Clayton G. Orcutt declared, “Change itself is not progress, but change is the price that we pay for progress.” If everyone in your current situation isn’t willing to pay that price, growth will be especially difficult.
8. Growth is modeled and expected - In the best possible environment, growth is not only allowed, but leaders model it and expect it from everyone. And when that happens, everyone’s potential is off the charts.