Live in a growth environment

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Insight from my morning study:

One of the best ways to create growth in your life is to live and operate in a growth environment.

Dependent people need others to get what they want.  Independent people can get what they want through their own efforts.  Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success. ~ Stephen Covey

A growth environment is a place where:

  • you are surrounded with others who are committed to personal development and growth
  • mistakes and failures are preferred
  • core values are upheld
  • we constantly challenge ourselves to get better
  • comfort zones are irrelevant
  • service to others is encouraged
  • change is welcome
  • ideas are celebrated
  • the past is recognized as the past and not a predictor of the future
  • discipline is desired more than the desire for leisure

Many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone’s notable achievements. ~ Walt Disney

Do you live in an environment that aids your growth? If not, how can you create your own growth environment?

Be willing to do what others won’t

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Insight from my morning study:

The person in your organization who is always willing to do what others won’t ends up on top.

She always goes the extra mile.

He takes on the grunt work no one else wants.

She stays late to get the project done on time.

He is willing to support those around her with the intentions of lifting them up.

Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you’re the least important person in the room – until you change that with results … Provide support so that others can be good … Clear the path for the people above you and you will eventually create a path for yourself. ~ Ryan Holiday

People who follow the crowd usually get lost.

Step aside and be willing to do things the crowd won’t do. 

Improve your daily preparation

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Insight from my morning study:

Success lies at the intersection of preparation and opportunity.

The more you prepare the more ready you are to take hold of the next opportunity that comes your way.

Improve your preparedness and you increase the likelihood of being successful.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

You can improve your preparedness using these 6 steps:

  • Reflect and get clear on what it is you want to accomplish in different areas of your life – health, family, business, career, communication, finances … ?
  • Acknowledge that preparation is not a single event, it’s a daily discipline.
  • Set aside 30 minutes of each day to work on whatever area of life you need improvement in. By focusing on these improvement areas in small chunks each day you begin to harness the effects of compound interest. At first things will be slow going, but over time those small efforts done each day begin to snow ball into massive outcomes.
  • Track your progress.
  • Keep yourself accountable.
  • Make it a habit.

What area am I currently improving my preparation in?

  • Verbal and written communication. Writing does not come easy to me. In fact, throughout my educational career I came to dislike writing of any kind. However, I’ve recognized that one cannot succeed in life without having organized thoughts and a clear way to communicate them. This is the main reason I’ve created this blog. My sandbox for organizing my thoughts and communicating them. I set aside 30-45 minutes each morning to write.

What area can you prepare  improve your preparation in?

Success is a lousy teacher

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insight from my morning study:

To build on yesterday’s thoughts regarding growth and overcoming obstacles I came across this quote about success from Bill Gates:

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

Having an attitude of “I can’t lose” limits the potential you have to grow.

In fact, we learn the most about ourselves when we fail.

Learning to face obstacles, difficulties and failure is part of your lessons on growth and success.

Don’t limit yourself by grabbing hold of an attitude that says “I can’t lose.”

Overcoming obstacles leads to growth

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Insight from my morning study:

Growth does not happen in life when things are going smooth and easy.

It happens when obstacles and difficulties get in the way. When you get knocked downWhen you’re face to face with fear.

Of course you have a choice to try and overcome those obstacles or not. 

If you don’t try you won’t grow. If you do try you’re guaranteed to experience growth.

Either way, you have the power of choice. To grow or not to grow.

Everything is either an obstacle to growth, or an obstacle to keep you from growing. The good thing is: you get to choose. ~ James Altucher

What obstacle or difficulty are you facing? Sit down and think of at least 5 ways to overcome it. 

Raise your standards

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Insight from my morning study:

If you want to make a change for the better, raising your standards is a must.

Think about the things you demand of yourself, the things you accept, the things you tolerate, and the person you want to become.

If you raise the bar for any of these things, what would be possible in your life?

Don’t let others bring you down. Instead lift them up by setting a new example.

If you want to change your life you have to raise your standards. ~ Tony Robbins

Daily challenge: What one thing can you do better in life? Begin acting on it today. 

Human nature and the feeling of importance

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Insight from my morning study:

One of human nature’s deepest desires is the feeling of importance.

It is this desire that leads people to work harder and longer for the next promotion, buy the latest gadgets, wear the latest trends, drive the newest model and live in the biggest house.

These are all visible signs of this desire to feel important, but what about the invisible? How do we best receive this feeling from others?

We can make those around us and those we lead feel important through acknowledgment, affirmation, appreciation and gratitude.

Business magnate Charles Schawb once commented on this topic by saying, 

The greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is  by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticisms from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. If anything, I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise.

Challenge: acknowledge and appreciate at least one person in your life today. 

When in doubt, check it out

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Insight from my morning study:

When you have a doubt, instead of assuming an answer, go look for the facts.

For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses. ~ Robert M. Pirsig

Stop wasting time making assumptions about what other people are thinking, doing or feeling. Go ask for clarification.

Oftentimes, the assumptions you make are false and go against you.

For instance, have you ever been told “no” from someone else without much of an explanation? Human nature is to immediately start thinking of what it is you did that could possibly make the other person say “no” to you, when in fact the other person could have said “no” for a number of other reasons that have nothing to do with you. If you take the assumption you made up as a fact, it could very well ruin your day and/or your relationship with that person.

Why do we make assumptions rather than ask for clarification?

Simple: our fear of rejection. We’d rather reject ourselves than have someone else reject us.

But, when the actual facts are in hand you can make decisions and take actions on what is real rather than what you are making up.

Replacing your assumptions with the facts will improve your communication, your relationships and your overall quality of life.

When in doubt, go and check it out.

Interested rather than interesting

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Insight from my morning study:

One of the best ways to build close relationships with people is to truly be interested in them rather than always trying to be someone that is interesting. Listen to people closely with the intention of genuinely learning about them.

When people feel that you are really interested in getting to know them and their feelings, they tend to open up and share things with you much more quickly.

What is the other person feeling and thinking? How do they see the world around them? What is their story? What are their aspirations, goals and dreams? What do they fear? What obstacles are they facing?

Always be curious.

A network of mentors

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Insight from my morning study:

If you want to go where you have not gone before seek out guidance and advice from someone who has already been there.

Study anyone who’s great, and you’ll find that they apprenticed to a master, or several masters. Therefore, if you want to achieve greatness, renown, and superlative success, you must apprentice to a master. ~ Robert Allen

Build a network of mentors who have the wisdom and experience you need to achieve your goal.

Expand your opportunities by learning from a master.

Success leaves clues. ~ Anthony Robbins