The Law of Growth
If you are still breathing, you still have the capacity to reach further. This is the beginning of a new year. What do you plan to do differently this year? So many people will make resolutions that they abandon by the end of February, and 2015 won’t be much different from 2014.
For me to expand my capacity for growth, I had to write more, speak more, create more programs, and develop people to work without me. I decided to grow. Expanding your mind is one of the hardest things you will do.
There is nothing that is able to measure human potential. Anything is possible, especially if you have a passion for something. It has been said that we only use 10 percent of our brain capacity, which means there is plenty of room for growth. When you think about limitations, they are usually limits you put on yourself.
Oliver Wendell Homes said, “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
Here’s are two steps to growth:
1. Instruction – This is about learning. You must take in new information. You cannot grow without learning something new. Identify what area of your life or career you need to grow. You must be intentional about what you need to know and how you need to grow.
2. Involvement – This is about labor. You must put in the work of applying what you learn truly to grow. You need a daily agenda to grow. You must take action and practice the behaviors you need to improve in any specific area.
To accelerate growth, intensify your instruction and involvement.
Follow these five practices to help increase your capacity and accelerate your growth. 1. Print it. – Write and print a quote or behavior that you need to focus on daily to help you remember to take action. 2. Post it or play it. – Once you print it, post it in a visible place. You can also record it on your phone or a device that you can play to remind you of behaviors you need to do. 3. Practice it. – The only way to improve any area of life is to implement it as a daily practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes, and it becomes a natural part of your life. 4. Perfect it – Once you start the new behavior, learn new ways to make it better to perfect it.
Do not just make a New Year’s resolution—make a decision to increase your capacity to grow and become the best you that you can be. It will make 2015 your best year yet!