Essential Practices For Growth 3 Ways to Incorporate Success into Your Life
Do you want to grow as a leader? I believe one must commit to these three essential practices in order to improve their leadership. For that matter, if we want to be better in any area of life, we must practice these principles.
I have met people who read many books, yet don’t seem to improve. I have seen many people who don’t read or study, but focus on working hard. Still there are others who dare to try new things, but don’t work hard, study, or move forward. In my experience, the people I see grow the most consistently are those who practice all three areas well. Here they are:
1. Be Consistent in What You Should Do
You may think of course, what’s novel about this? What I want to point out here is that consistency is not only the key to success, but also the key to growth. For example, as a leader, I know I must review the metrics that are crucial to my organization. How does that make me a better leader? Because when I examine the metrics, I sharpen my skills at recognizing trends and I become adept in data analysis. I grow in this area. Similarly, a writer gets better by reading and writing. A concert pianist becomes a better musician by daily practice. I am not talking about being consistent so you can finish your tasks and reap success. Rather, I am talking about being consistent so you can improve. What are the areas you would like to improve in your life and leadership?
2. Practice the Six Steps of Growth
This principle requires time and humility. We must search outside of ourselves to stretch our minds with new ideas and thoughts, principles from others who have traveled farther than we have. I describe the Six Steps of Growth in more detail in The Six Steps of Growth that Lead to the One Thing Most People Miss: Change. They are:
Exposure—Be exposed to new ideas, perspectives, and approaches. Read books, have mentors, go to seminars, watch online videos, etc.
Capture—Determine where to write things down. Capture three types of information:
- What you are ready to apply
- What you want to think about
- What you want to store so you can share with others
File—Set a time for this. Keep your files in two places:
- A place to read often. These are for the areas you want to think about and apply.
- What you want to store. This information should be kept in a different place.
Marinate—You must also set time aside for this. These are the areas you wrote down to apply or think about often, preferably daily.
Apply—Try it. Put yourself in situations where you have to use new principles and ideas. Practice them. Become a practitioner, not just a professor.
Measure—To really know if we have experienced change, we must be able to accurately assess our growth. We must document what we are learning to see how far we’ve come.
As a leader, as a writer, as a pianist—whatever your profession or interest—get ideas from someone who is successful in your field, and try to adopt their principles and practices in your life.
3. Look for Experiences to Stretch You
This step requires risk and sacrifice. We must seek experiences that are outside of our comfort zones. These experiences feel uncomfortable because they are outside of our natural skill sets. So, throwing yourself into them will force you to perform up to a higher level, and thus you will grow.
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