Growth doesn’t just happen: create a plan, or as my father used to tell me:
"Plan your work and work your Plan"
...that was about where encouragement ended and my own tenacity for needing more began.
The point is, if you focus on what you cannot do, if you compare yourself to others, if you wait or if you focus on goals alone, you may achieve the goals but not growth. Growth is a mindset that generates consistency not short term measures of achievement.
"If you focus on growth you will grow and achieve goals"
Whilst this sounds simple enough, unfortunately we have ego, pride and misperception based on what we have been taught and learnt in the way....
The most common growth traps as best described by the incredible John C Maxwell include:
The Assumption gap (assume happens without focus) Solution ? Plan your own direction
The Knowledge gap (don’t know how to grow) Solution ? Create a growth plan & opportunities arise
The Timing gap (wrong time to grow) Solution ? There is never a right time so do it now.
The Mistake gap (fear of making mistakes) Solution ? Mistakes are important to measure & improve, they act as a benchmark and means to measure Modelling
The Perfection gap (find best way before starting) Solution ? Starting is all the is required.
The Inspiration gap (not bothered) Solution ? Start with motivation and embrace inspiration.
The Comparison gap (others are better) Solution ? Identify a quality Mentor: measure, apply, improve.
The Expectation gap (easier than reality) Solution ? Growth is difficult, there is no question, it can be enormously confronting and require humility, however the rewards outweigh the effort. Ask not how long does it take rather how far can I go. invest in yourself
Far too many people dismiss the word 'growth', for some self-protective reason (a whole other article and conversation), they avoid entertaining that it like Leadership, is a verb, not a noun.