In James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh he shares, “People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.”
When this quote comes to mind, entire periods of my life do as well because these are times I (Cindy) chose to remain bound. In my defense, I had not yet learned about personal growth but I certainly knew I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I also knew I was choosing to maintain in life rather than get far enough out of my comfort zone to create the change needed.
Suddenly, a life event threw me out of my comfort zone - like overnight. Not long after, I learned about personal growth and everything started changing for the better. Before I learned about personal growth and started applying growth principles to my life, I was filled with ambition without guidance and worse yet, without the willingness to get out of my comfort zone where all my dreams and goals were! This...
We have all been through painful experiences and will go through more. They seem to be an inevitable part of life but also offer some of our best opportunities to learn. The question is not will we go through painful experiences but will we grow through them.
Since the Law of Pain tells us, Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth, let’s ask ourselves the question: How are you choosing to grow through a bad experience? It’s also important to know where we have fallen short during a bad experience so we can determine to grow and be a better version of ourselves moving forward.
At times the only good that comes from a painful experience is GROWTH. And depending on the pain, sometimes that growth is in just getting up off the floor. Standing again. I (Cindy) have been there and not just once! Standing again. Eventually gaining strength to start moving even if you can't see the way. And the courage to believe in and take action towards a better future.
I remember learning the Law of Design which says, to maximize growth, develop strategies. What a relief… I had strategies! At the time, I had a system that allowed me to get two young children up each morning, safely delivered to school or childcare, as a single Mom and even get some form of exercise before they woke. Granted, this was on days when no one was sick, had a bad night, or mornings when I faced a child who was attempting to be in charge of the house… and everything else for that matter.
Life felt more like survival than a sense of thriving but at least I had a system, right?! I didn’t say it was always pretty but it was always attempted and helped us have structure even on the tough days. It wasn’t until I delegated responsibility to my children that we were able to create good habits and have a smoother transition each morning, not to mention more fun together!
The truth is…we all have a system. ...
Even when we are growing, if we are in the midst of change and uncertainty we can lose sight of our direction. One way to stay focused on the vision of your future is to keep it in front of you on a daily basis and continue growing in the areas you most need to grow.
Knowing yourself well enough to know where you most need to grow to get to where you want to be... is the key!
In the second chapter of 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth we find the Law of Awareness which says, you must know yourself to grow yourself. This combination gives us direction if we apply it to our life. To help us understand this at a deeper level John Maxwell shares the following 3 types of people when it comes to finding direction:
The first step...
In putting together an upcoming course titled The Strength of Your Organization: Finding & Retaining the Best People, I (Cindy) was reminded of something John Maxwell shared with us as part of his President’s Advisory Council. What I am about to share with you John says is a foundational piece to all his success!
“Everything I know about leadership comes out of my thirst for personal growth. Personal growth/professional development is my first love.” - John Maxwell
I share a similar story and relate to this so deeply because of the difference personal and professional growth continues to make in my life. Whether you want to lead yourself better, lead others better or both; if personal growth is not happening on a consistent basis then success will be fleeting. The key to success is personal growth.
Personal growth becomes professional development when you apply personal growth laws to grow yourself professionally. Some...
When we strive to become more aware of us we give ourselves a chance to grow in the areas we need to.
A friend called me (Cindy) recently with a revelation about some of the individuals she was choosing to spend time with. I passed on an intentional action a mentor shared with me when I found myself in a similar place. He says anytime we step out to grow and change it serves us well to keep this in mind. I’ll always be growing and changing so that tells me I always need to keep this in mind. And I want to share it with you!
"It's time to focus on your actions and spend time with confident people who in turn make you better. Don't cheat yourself by being around insecure people who want to keep you off-balance and take advantage, instead, immerse yourself in confidence-drenched environments."
Maybe this will help you or maybe it will help you to help someone you care about. Either way, it's a good self-check from time to time!
The Law of Awareness...
When I (Cindy) first studied the Law of Awareness in the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell, I realized the more quality questions we ask ourselves - about us- the deeper an awareness we can obtain of who we are, where we are, and where we want to go.
Not everyone likes questions and has a natural curiosity like I do. But since the Law of Awareness says, You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, we have to start with us. And no one knows us better than we know ourselves! If introspective questions are not your thing that's okay. We don’t have to like the steps and stretches it takes to grow but we do have to take intentional action in the right areas to grow. And I promise the growth you obtain along the way will be worth your effort!
A good first question to ask yourself is, who are you? Since we must know ourselves in order to grow, asking who you really are will help you identify things about yourself you may otherwise overlook or take for granted.
Why does professional development matter to you? For your future self? For those counting on you? For all the ways you can add value to others? For tomorrow to be better than today? For an edge in your career pursuits? Don’t miss the opportunity at the end of this blog to access our complimentary professional development resources and create your own personal & professional development growth plan!
As I (Cindy) caught up with a group of friends we chat with at the gym, one of us asked “who is excited about a new year coming?!” Since we were wrapping up 2020, you can imagine the howls and cheers coming from that simple question! We had some good laughs and shared a few hopes for the New Year, then went about the serious work of strengthening ourselves.
I couldn’t help but think of the strength a simple decision backed with Intentional Action will add to anyone’s life who chooses it. It certainly has added physical strength and increased quality...
Wes and I just passed the one year mark of being back in the gym taking intentional action to be a healthier and stronger version of ourselves. And frankly, I’m trying to ward off some of the aging process too! A consistent routine at the gym was one of our intentional action commitments for 2020 at least 2-3 days each week.
When the gyms closed down I was blessed to know some excellent coaches who provided virtual workouts, so I didn’t miss a beat. Having some equipment at home didn't hurt either! However, there were MANY things I wanted to be doing at 5:30 a.m. (like sleeping) and working out wasn't one of them! But, it was the right action for us to reach the goals and growth we wanted for 2020.
Unfortunately for me, it took a back injury and other ailments before I made the commitment and took intentional action to create change in my life. I had good intentions toward better health and becoming stronger but I wasn’t...
A New Year is coming and with it, a new beginning, a fresh start, and a renewed opportunity to refresh your goals and dreams, and what you aspire to be, do and have. Rather than inundating you with a list of power phrases to motivate you (because those are everywhere right now), I'll take this opportunity to share three things that will ABSOLUTELY keep you from obtaining your dreams and goals. These are sneaky…they’re easy to let slip into your daily life and can be hard to overcome. Conquer these and reap the benefits a reached dream and a goal obtained will give you and those who count on you.
1. Settling for Comfort Over Potential
Reaching our goals and dreams requires growth.
And, growth is outside of our comfort zone. Every time we chose to stay in our comfort zone, we not only lose the opportunity to grow we lose the self-confidence we would have gained by that growth. And more importantly; we can lose confidence and damage our...
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