Ways to Grow

“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.”

I want to share some of the ways I grow personally. There are certainly more, but I believe these should all be included in your personal growth plan:

1.) Books/Audio Lessons

How to make the most of books you read:

  • Highlight points that stick out to you
  • File them! (by subject) – I highlight on my kindle and copy and past my highlights into Evernote
  • Write a book review – This helps you retain what you’ve learned and does a favor for the author!
  • Talk to your friends about the books you are reading- You should always try to pass what you’re learning on to someone else within 24 hours of learning it.
  • Come up with a plan to implement what you are learning and put it into action!

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Always ask your friends what books they are reading . . . it’s the #1 way to build your library!
  • What books would I not normally read that might stretch me?
  • What topics do I need to read about at this point in my journey?

2.) Mentors/People you Meet!

Make the most of mentoring:

  • Always be on the lookout for mentors!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask someone to mentor you. No one should be off-limits! It never hurts to ask, even if you are star struck. The worse they can say is no.
  • Look for mentors in the area of your strengths! People who are doing what you’d like to do!
  • When meeting with a mentor, always come prepared with questions, make sure you send a copy of your questions to your mentor before you meet, then when you meet,  you lead the conversation.
  • Give your mentor permission to speak openly and honestly into your life!
  • Be willing to pay for lunch/coffee/etc.
  • Write thank-you notes with what you’ve learned

Great questions to ask Your Mentors:

  • What are you passionate about right now?
  • What are you learning? Who are you learning it from? Can I meet them?
  • Is there anything you’ve always wanted to tell me? Speak into my soul! What do you see in me that needs to change?

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?

3.) Writing/Filing / Reflecting

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

  • Journal – We will pass on what we’ve written and photo’s we’ve taken to our kids. Journal about your journey. Journal about who you’re meeting, what you’re learning, memories, etc.
  • Blog 
  • End of Day/End of Month/End of Year Reviews – We should constantly be evaluating everything!

Questions:

  •  How am I retaining what I am learning?
  •  How can I pass on what I am learning to others?
  •  What have I learned in the last day, week, month, year, that I didn’t know before?

4.) Skills

When is the last time you did something for the first time?!

  • What skills would you like to learn?
  • What skills do you need to learn?
  • What skills could you learn that would make you more valuable?
  • What clubs, organizations, or groups could you join to develop your skills?

These are just 4 areas you can grow in. If you don’t have these in your life, I recommend implementing them asap!

Thoughts?

 

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