Growth is not automatic; it does not necessarily come with experience, nor simply as a result of gathering information. Personal growth must be deliberate, planned, and consistent. – John Maxwell
I came across the practical steps for personal growth in the book, Developing the Leaders Around You, by JOHN MAXWELL.
1. Set aside time daily for growth. John Maxwell shares with us the two important concepts in this step:
First, time for growth must be planned.
Second, the time set aside must be set aside daily – for no fewer than five days a week.
Reading books and informative magazines while traveling and waiting is also good for personal growth.
When I was reassigned from the regional office to the central office, I made my daily schedule of reading books and other resource materials, at least one hour when I wake up early in the morning and one hour in the evening, to prepare me intellectually to the bigger responsibilities I was facing.
2. File or copy quickly what you learn. Always carry with you a small planner or notebook where you could write what you learn from your readings or from the tapes.
3. Apply quickly what you learn. Choose a learning that you want to apply each week.
4. Grow with someone. The best way to grow is to share your knowledge with someone.
5. Plan your growth and follow it for a year. If you want to read one book per month and listen to one tape per week, you will be able to read twelve books and listen to 52 tapes in a year.
According to John Maxwell, personal growth is like investing. It’s not your timing. It’s your time in. Get them going now.