My oldest son has become almost obsessed with his height. At 12 years old he is one of the shortest of his friends. No matter how much I encourage him that he still has a lot of growth ahead of him, he is anxious to begin his next growth spurt. It has become almost a race to see who comes out first across the growth finish line. Throughout your years in school, there was not only Physical Growth happening but a lot of Personal Growth.
Personal Growth is something that you should strive for on a daily basis. There is no end. Sadly, a lot of people at one point in their lives develop a mindset that is killing their personal growth. They avoid reading or listening to leadership books or any other personal development material.
What is this mindset?
It is based on 4 simple words: “I know that already”.
You hear it as a response when you try to share some insight from a book that your read.
“That’s nothing new. I know that already. I don’t need to read the book”.
You hear it when you try to coach someone on their performance.
“I know what I am doing. I have been doing this for 10 years”.
Although, the above may be true. Knowing something and doing something are two different things. The world is filled with too many people who “know” but have never “done”.
“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.”
― George Whitman
Have you ever reread a book only to find something that you didn’t remember the first time? Personal Growth happens when you have a Student Mindset. Read, listen, watch, not to confirm what you already know. Do so with the intent to learn. Then, true learning comes from partnering that knowledge with your actions. Once you achieve consistent results, then you can say “I Know that Already”.
The challenge then becomes, what more can you learn?
[tweetthis]“The education of a man is never completed until he dies.” ― Robert E. Lee[/tweetthis]
The goal is to become a Student of Life, a life-long learner. One can never learn enough. Just look at all the successful Entrepreneurs out there. How often are they sharing insight from a book they read or a seminar they attended? Although, they have achieved what many would define as success, their quest for personal growth through learning continues.
“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander
What’s one thing you do to invest in your personal growth on a regular basis?
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