When my daughter was younger she got to a point where she felt that she had reached the height she wanted to be for the rest of her life and didn’t want to grow any taller. It was really funny because I knew that she couldn’t do very much about whether she grew any more or not, as genes and nutrition would determine her final height rather than her desire.

With personal growth or development however, it’s somewhat different. We often have to choose to grow otherwise we could stay the same even though we are given countless opportunities to grow. It’s the reason why two people can go through the same difficult circumstances and one develops into a stronger, more overcoming person while the other remains bitter and trapped in the past. It is why we sometimes describe some adults as being immature. Their bodies have developed into adulthood but their personalities and thinking have not grown to the same degree.

To ‘grow’ is ‘to increase in size by a natural process. It also means to expand or to gain.  There are often conditions that must be present before things can grow.  Take a farmer for example.  He plants a corn seed. This seed has the innate ability to become a corncob.  If the farmer just plants the seed in the ground and folds his arms, there is no guarantee that the seed will germinate.

Yes, there is a strong possibility that it will, given that rain and sunshine are natural phenomena that help growth.  But if this farmer wants the assurance of a good crop of corn, he will have to make sure his seeds are planted on fertile ground in the first place.  He needs to ensure that there is sufficient water and sunshine and he needs to keep the birds away from his seeds.  And when harvest time comes, he needs to make sure the corn is harvested on time so that the fruit does not begin to dry out or rot.

How does this affect you? Well, growth in your business or career will only happen if you are careful to create the right environment for it to happen.  It won’t happen automatically (although this is not impossible, it is unlikely that growth will be sustained without active participation of the business owner or employee).  Growing your business or career can be hard work.  At times, it can literally take all that you have got.

But the rewards are fulfilling.  You will be able to look at what you have helped to create and feel the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference through your services or products.  You will only get to this point though, if you are determined to grow and if you refuse to quit. Growth on the outside (business, career, relationships) is more often than not preceded by growth on the inside.

That is why I am so passionate about personal development.

I have been tempted several times to give up on a dream or a project.  What kept me going at those times was the thought that if I kept at it, there was a strong possibility that I would succeed eventually.  If I gave up, though, there would be no chance of ever seeing that dream or project coming to fruition.  Zero chance.  Tony Robbins says this, “successful people, kept asking, kept trying.”  This is a quote worth remembering when you hit that brick wall that threatens to leave you so concussed that you don’t know what to do next.  Remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing and the benefits that are on the other side of succeeding at it.

Here are a few tips on how to position yourself for growth in 2016.

  1. Surround yourself with people who are inspiring and optimistic.  Their attitude will rub off.
  2. Allow enough time for growth to happen.  Be patient when it appears that nothing is happening.
  3. Be prepared to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone.       Growth often happens on the other side of fear.
  4. Be open to new ways of doing things, especially if old ways have not worked.
  5. Deal with challenges one at a time so that the chances of you becoming overwhelmed by them are reduced.
  6. Ask for help.  It is not a sign of weakness to admit that you can’t do it alone.
  7. Finally, fix your eyes on the finish line, not on the track beneath you. You’ll be more effective that way.

If there is anyway that I can assist you in your journey to success please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Wishing you the very best always,

 

Oge