Personal Growth: A Decision You Must Make

Recently I had the opportunity to speak at a breakout session at the Pittsburgh Service Summit at Carlow University. I spoke on the subject of personal growth. I’m working on an e-book about 14 decisions I have made in the last 10 years that have made the biggest difference in my life. One of the decisions that have made an incredible impact on my life is the decision to have a plan for personal growth.

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You can listen to my lesson on personal growth from the conference here:


Here are my notes:

The Problem with Not Growing

“If you’re not better tomorrow than you are today, then what do you need tomorrow for?”

“I don’t think much of a man that isn’t better today than he was yesterday.” -Lincoln

Why You Should Grow

4 Questions that Can Change Your Life!
Why not?
Why not you?
Why not now?

Growth = Happiness

The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development.” ~Jim Rohn

Growth sets you Apart

How to Grow

If you read only one book every month dealing with your business, ministry, or walk with Christ, in TEN years you will have read 120 books. That will easily place you in the top 1% of knowledge in most any field or aptitude you desire.

If you cut only 1 hour of tv or other casual time investments a day and invest that time in something growth orientated you’ll have added 1 1/2 months of productivity to your year!

If you listen to only 30 minutes each day (5 days a week) to a growth-producing cd or podcast, in 10 years you will have been exposed to over thirteen hundred hours of new and useful information!

Earl Nightingale said, “If a person will spend one subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.”

Get to know yourself!

* Meyers-Briggs
* Personality Plus
Learn and Develop Your Strengths

* Book: Strength Finders 2.0

Learn and Develop New Skills
When is the last time you did something for the first time? You can learn anything!

Read Great Books
Mark Twain said, “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

“Most homes valued at over $250,000 have a library. That should tell us something.” — Jim Rohn

Listen to Great Lessons

Visit Great Places

Visit Great Events
Get Around Great People

“The difference between who you are now and who you will be in 5 years is the books you’ll read and the people you will associate with.”

Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future! – FACT!!!!

Make the most of mentoring:

* Always be on the lookout for mentors!
* Always come prepared with questions, you lead the conversation.
* Be willing to pay for lunch/coffee/etc.
* Write thank-you notes with what you’ve learned
* Great questions to ask:
* What are you passionate about right now?

Questions to Ask Yourself:

* What is your plan to discover new mentors?
* Who is currently mentoring you?
* Who would you like to mentor you that you can talk to?
* Who are you mentoring?

“Experience isn’t the best teacher, evaluated experience is!” -John Maxwell

Things to Remember

Growth happens daily, not in a day!

Quick reality check for leaders: Whose job is it to make you a better leader? That’s your job! Please stay clear on that.  -Bill Hybels

It’s Never too late to Be Who You Might have Been!

“Although you cannot go back and have a brand new start my friend, anyone can start today and have a brand new end!”

I’m never wanna be what I wanna be
Because there’s always something out there yet for me.
I get a kick outta living in the here and now,
But I never wanna feel I know the best way how
Because there’s always one hill higher with a better view,
Something waiting to be learned I never knew.
So ’til my days are over
Never fully fill my cup,
Let me go on growing,
Growing up.
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