Also by John C. Maxwell.. of the evening, as Steve and I were walking to our car, he said to me How Suc The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. bilgedumarre.ga The Conscious Parent. The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth by John Maxwell Instructor Notes average. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth lists John Maxwell’s rules to keep growing and improving. The law of awareness then says that the more you know yourself, the more you can grow. Similar to what Don Ruiz says in The Four Agreements, Maxwell proposes that you only use yourself as a.

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specifics of growth change from person to person, but the principles are the same for every person. This book offers laws that will teach you how to approach the. The 15 Invaluable. Laws of Growth. By John C. Maxwell. AN OVERVIEW. Are there tried and true principles that are always cer- tain to help a person grow?. In The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Maxwell shares the core of what he has The focus of this mastermind guide is the book, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of.

To advance in your career, you need to grow in your skills. To be a better spouse or parent, you need to grow in relationships. To enrich your soul, you need to grow spiritually. The specifics of growth change from person to person, but the principles are the same for every person.

You cannot change your life until you change something you do every day. If you keep learning and growing every day over the course of many years, you will be astounded by how far it will take you. And hope isn t a strategy. Page 2 As we get started in this book, which for many is probably their 1 st ever self-improvement book, the above two statements are widely accepted by today s society. Working hard can be defined in many different ways by many different people this can be a trap.

You can work hard at the wrong thing, for your entire life, and never reach success. This is the trap that gets handed down from parents to their children from generation to generation.

Hard work doesn t equal success, and until you understand that, you have a very high percentage of never reaching your potential and remaining average. Hope is silly because it really isn t anything. Hope is usually followed by zero action towards a specific goal that is not planned out or evaluated. Many people hope for what I think are two reasons: one, they haven t been taught how to properly plan; and two, they even if they knew how to plan they are lazy! If you focus on goals, you may hit goals but that doesn t guarantee you growth.

If you focus on growth, you will grow and always hit your goals. People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. Most people are unwilling to improve themselves because they have never been and internal growth has never really been emphasized to them so they are not bought in to the whole concept.

Formal education downloads them into the philosophy that academics equal success. They define academics as math, science, and English all of which have no direct bearing on your level of success in life. A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the person you want to become and start being the person you want to be. The Assumption Gap I assume that I will automatically grow. When we are children, our bodies grow automatically.

A year goes by, and we become taller, stronger, and more capable of doing new things and facing new challenges. I think many people carry into adulthood a subconscious belief that mental, spiritual, and emotional growth follows a similar automatic pattern. The problem is that we don t improve by simply living. We have to be intentional about it. No one improves by accident. Personal growth doesn t just happen on its own. And once you re done with your formal education, you must take complete ownership of the growth process, because nobody else will do it for you.

I feel this is the biggest culprit of them all and it all comes down to education. If we don t teach people this concept in school then many misinformed people have children and they too get misinformed, so on and so on.

You must be intentional and make the choice to personally growth for the better every day. The Knowledge Gap I don t know how to grow. Many people learn only from the school of hard knocks. Difficult experiences teach them lessons the hard way, and they change sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. The lessons are random and difficult.

The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth by John Maxwell

It s much better to plan your growth intentionally. You decide where you need or want to grow, you choose what you will learn, and you follow through with discipline going at the pace you set. Because this isn t taught to people in formal education many people use this as an excuse not to grow. In fact, when they are presented with ways to grow they usually don t understand it or the concept because it is so new to them.

And on top of that many of these people don t know successful people who they can learn this from. I have found that you must go out yourself and seek these people out. The Timing Gap It s not the right time to begin. What great accomplishments we d have in the world if everybody had done what they intended to do. Most people don t act as quickly as they should on things.

They find themselves subject to the Law of Diminishing Intent, which says, The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater odds that you will never actually do it. The reality is that you will never get much done unless you go ahead and do it before you are ready. If you re not already intentionally growing, you need to get started today.

Once you start growing intentionally, you can keep growing and keep asking, What s next? The Mistake Gap I m afraid of making mistakes. Growing can be a messy business. It means admitting you don t have the answers. It requires making mistakes. It can make you look foolish. Most people don t enjoy that.

But that is the price of admission if you want to improve. A mistake is simply another way of doing things. To become intentional about growing, expect to make mistakes every day, and welcome them as a sign that you are moving in the right direction. The mistake gap is foster and nurtured throughout the formal education system.

People are taught to not make mistakes and avoid failure at all costs, so what do we expect from the average person? We are a product of our own teachings so in order to overcome this challenge you must first change your mind-set and definition of a mistake of failure.

I find most things that hold us up in life come down to our personal definition of a word, term, or concept and how we perceive it. Two people can have different definitions of what a failure or a mistake is and because of that, take two different actions that produce two much different results. Following these simple definitions over the course of a lifetime can produce an average person or a successful person depending on what your definition of failure is.

Does this make sense? The Perfection Gap I have to find the best way before I start. I had to get started if I wanted to find the best way. It s similar to driving on an unfamiliar road at night. Ideally, you d like to be able to see your whole route before you begin. But you see it progressively. As you move forward, a little more of the road is revealed to you. If you want to see more of the way, then get moving. The Inspiration Gap I don t feel like doing it.

Motivation is not going to strike you like lightning. And motivation is not something that someone else can bestow or force on you. The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. After you start doing the thing, that s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it. You may not feel inspired to aggressively pursue a growth plan if you haven t started yet.

If that s the case, please trust me when I say that the reasons to keep growing far outweigh the reasons to start growing. And you discover the reasons to stay with growth only if you stick with it long enough to start reaping the benefits. So make a commitment to yourself to start and stick with it for at least 12 months.

If you do, you will fall in love with the process, and you will be able to look back at the end of that year and see how far you ve come. I think it s more-so the fact that people don t understand why self-improvement it so critical to their results in life. If you ve been taught that hard work gets you ahead for 18 years until you graduate high school then it is very hard for people to understand the importance of self-improvement.

The Comparison Gap Others are better than I am. You can only learn if others are ahead of you. The Expectation Gap I thought it would be easier than this. Pages I don t know any successful person who thinks growth comes quickly and climbing to the top is easy. It just doesn t happen. The instant gratification world that we live in cons us into thinking that we should have everything right now without growing or earning it. For example, isn t that why people have credit card debt?

Their expectation is that they NEED to download something they can t afford because they want it now. Their true expectation is to satisfy their instant gratification urge. As far as luck goes, we ll talk about that concept much more as the curriculum advances. The sooner you make the transition to becoming intentional about your personal growth, the better it will be for you, because growth compounds and accelerates if you remain intentional about it.

Here s how to make the change: 1. Ask The Big Question Now When committing to an intentional personal development program, the question in your mind will change from, How long will this take? That is the question you should be asking yourself right now not that you will be able to answer it.

Give growing your best shot so you can become your best. The person who invests the most consistent time into their personal growth program will develop faster. But it all comes down to what is your definition of fast? What are your expectations? There is no time frame because everyone starts their journey at a different point in their life with different mind-sets, skill sets, and desire.

How bad do you want to reach your potential and succeed? If your answer is very bad, then you will more than likely invest more time into yourself and will find that your results will come more quickly. Do It Now The greatest danger you face in this moment is the idea that you will make intentional growth a priority later. Don t fall into that trap! Later is one of those dream-killers, one of the countless obstacles we up to derail our chances of success.

Pick a resource that will help you grow and begin learning from it today. Fear of trading security for the unknown. Fear of being overextended financially. Fear of what others will say or think. Fear that success will alienate peers. Feed your faith and starve your fear s. I think most people are worried what others are going to think and say.

It s that peer pressure to stay with the pack and remain average. Because isn t average the norm? Why be something more than average? Who do you think you are to even think you can be something more than average? I find that you must swim up-stream and go do what everyone else is not doing to get ahead. They get in an easy groove, and they don t try to break out of it even when it s taking them in the wrong direction.

After a while, they just get by. If they learn something, it s because of a happy accident. If that is the attitude you ve developed, then you would do well to remember that the only difference between a rut and a grave is the length!

If you want to reach your potential and become the person you were created to be, you must do much more than just experience life and hope that you learn what you need along the way. You must go out of your way to seize growth opportunities as if your future depended on it. Because it does. Growth doesn t just happen not for me, not for you, not for anybody. You have to go after it! The day that you understand this concept, and commit to a daily program, is the day you can look back and pin point when your life changed.

All my success in life came as direct result of this one decision and taking consistent action daily. I wish I was taught this when I was young!!!!

You must be able to gauge not only where you have been, but also where you are now. Otherwise you cannot set a course for where you want to go. And of course, every time you want to learn something, you must be able to take the new thing you ve learned today and build upon what you learned yesterday to keep growing. That s the only way to gain traction and keep improving yourself. Page 18 To reach your potential, you must know where you want to go and where you currently are.

Without both of these pieces of information, you re liable to get lost. There are 3 kinds of people when it comes to direction in life: 1. People who don t know what they would like to do. These people are often confused. People who know what they would like to do but don t do it. These people are usually frustrated. People who know what they would like to do and do it. The word that best describes them is fulfilled. They don t know what they want to do.


I believe the main reason is that they don t know themselves as well as they should, and thus remain unfocused in their growth. Page 19 I think most people actually know what they want to do in life at a very young age, however, the formal education system and society tell us that we should follow more traditional career paths.

Look at young people like Shaun White, Ryan Sheckler, and Rob Dyrdek they skateboard, snowboard, and own many businesses.

A high school degree and they are millionaires because they followed their passion. We do a terrible job at supporting what our children really want to do in life, and as parents, we tend to think what is best for our children based off our perceptions not theirs. Who am I as a parent to tell my child who loves skateboarding that they can t follow that as a career and make money? Does that make me look like a parent to other parents?

Knowing yourself isn t an easy thing for everyone to do. What makes finding themselves and growing to their potential difficult for some people is that it can be a bit of a catch You have to know who you are to grow to your potential. But you have to grow in order to know who you are. Pages The first step toward change is awareness. The second is acceptance.

If you want to change and grow, then you must know yourself and accept who you are before you can start building. If you re not enjoying what you do for a living, you need to take some time to examine why. It is a risk to make a change from what you re currently doing to what you want to do but isn t there also a great risk in staying where you are? Which risk would you rather live with? The great thing about this concept is that you can make the decision to change this part of your life at any given moment no matter how old or young you are.

Most people fear what they will give up in the short-term rather than work to gain more in the long-term. That fear is enough for them to lose belief in any dream they might have and work towards that dream, passion, or purpose. Every successful person I ve met has a strong sense of his or her abilities and aspirations.

They re leaders in their own lives, and they dare to pursue their dreams on their own terms. You will never fulfill your destiny doing what you despise. Passion gives you an advantage over others, because one person with passions is greater than 99 who have only interest!

Passion gives you energy. Nothing s work unless you d rather be doing something else. Want to know when I ll retire? When I die. If you never figure out what you want to do, you will probably be frustrated all your life. Knowing yourself and what you want to do is one of the most important things you ll ever do in this life. There s a big difference between having a dream that propels you to achieve and pulling an idea out of thin air that has no connection with who you are and what you can do.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself if what you want to do it possible: a. Do you know the difference between what you want and what you re good at?

Do you know what drives you and what gives you satisfaction? Do you know what your values and priorities are, and what your organization s values and priorities are? One of the main keys to being successful and fulfilling your purpose is to understand your unique talents and to find the right arena in which to use them. Discover your uniqueness; then discipline yourself to develop it. I believe it s very important to not only know what you want to do, but also why you want to do it.

I say that because motives matter. When you do things for the right reason, it gives you inner strength when things go wrong. Right motives help you build positive relationships because they prevent hidden agendas and incline you to put people ahead of your agenda.

Doing something for the right reasons also keeps life less cluttered and your path clearer. Not only is your vision clearer, but you also sleep well at night knowing you re on the right track.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. To move from what you re doing now to what you want to do is a process.

It begins with the following: Awareness You have to start by becoming aware of the choices that lead you away from your desired destination. Become very conscious of every choice you make today so you can begin to make smarter choices moving forward. You can change direction if you aren t aware that you re not headed where you want to go. But you won t know for sure until you start moving forward. Action You cannot win if you do not begin! You must take the initiative to every day to do something specific that will take you one step closer to your goal.

Others will not do it for you. Accountability Few things prompt a person to follow through like accountability. Tracking my problems and missteps is one of the reasons I ve accumulated the success I have.

The process of accountability forces you to be conscious of your decisions. Attraction Who you are is who you attract. That is true in leadership, but it is also true in every other aspect of your life. As my mother used to say, Birds of a feather flock together. If you want to be around growing people, become a growing person.

If you re committed, you attract others who are committed. If you re growing, you attract others who are growing. This puts you in a position to begin building a community of like-minded people who can help one another succeed. My greatest growth has always come as a result of finding people ahead of me who were able to show me the way forward. If you have discovered what you want to do, start finding people who do what you want to do with excellence.

Then do what you must to learn from them. Get committed. Pay people for their time if necessary. Be consistent. Meet purposefully every month with someone who can teach you. Be creative. Start with their books if you can t meet them in person.

Be purposeful. Spend two hours in preparation for every hour of interaction. Be reflective. Spend two hours in reflection for every hour of interaction. Be grateful. These people are gifts to your personal growth; be sure to let them know. Always remember that you cannot get to where you want to go on your own. You will need the help of others to guide you on your way.

Sometimes you must travel to find this person but isn t it worth it in the long run if you want to be successful? You will learn much faster from people who have already made the mistakes that you have yet to make.

It s a pretty simple concept however too many people take the journey alone and learn life lessons from the school of hard knocks. If you find a potential mentor, know that the following are YOUR responsibility: Possess a teachable spirit.

Always be prepared for the time you get with your mentor. Set the agenda by asking great questions. Demonstrate how you ve learned from your time together. Be accountable for what you ve learned. You must pick and choose. And so must they. Your goal should be to find a fit that is mutually beneficial for both mentor and mentee. When it comes to barriers to success, we are usually our own worst enemies. Taking the steps necessary to live your dreams and do what you want to do will cost you.

You will have to work hard. You will have to make sacrifices. You will have to keep learning and growing and changing. Are you willing to pay that price? I certainly hope you are. But know this: Most people aren t. I don t know, will you pay the price?

That s the million dollar question that you need to answer for yourself. If it doesn t work out what is the worst that can happen? You stay average? Think about it. Recognize your value and begin to add value to yourself. When you invest in yourself, you'll see more value in yourself you are worth investing in. Don't live your lives according to what people expect of you. Actions to Take: Make a list of your best personal qualities: choose one word to best describe you Track your positive and negative self-talk Note different ways you add value to other people 4.

Law of Reflection Peter Drucker : follow effective action with quiet reflection to get even more effective action Stop, PAUSE and allow the lesson to catch up with us Always add value and exceed expectations Reflection turns experience into insight - evaluate your experience Pause with intention to enrich reflection and learning When you take time to pause: Investigate - all truths are easy to understand once you discover them Incubate - Reflect on your experience of life and let the ideas that come up simmer in your mind Illuminate - Focus on insights that are relevant to you Illustrate - Flesh out key ideas: everyone is looking but not seeing; ask yourself good questions Personal Awareness Questions What is my biggest asset?

What is my biggest liability? What is my highest high? What is my lowest low? What is my most worthwhile emotion? What is my least worthwhile emotion? What is my best habit? What is my worst habit? What is most fulfilling? What do I prize most highly?

Ask yourself questions in the area you want to reflect on. Personal growth questions Do I practice the 15 laws of growth? Which do I do best? Am I growing daily? What am I doing to grow?

How am I growing? What are the roadblocks? Am I passing it forward?

You won't get far without a clear mission: What is your passion? What have you achieved? What are the shoulds that have followed you? Have you created a place where you can reflect?

The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth by John Maxwell

Schedule time to pause and reflect The wise man questions himself, the fool others - ask yourself tough questions 5. Law of Consistency Motivation gets you going, discipline keeps you going. How to be more consistent and disciplined Know the what, how, where and when Do you know what you need to improve?

Develop yourself to be successful, when you expand, you open up possibilities Do you know how you're supposed to improve? Match your motivation to your personality type Phlegmatic: need to see the value of doing something Choleric: make decisions quickly but will not participate if not in charge Sanguine: life of every party - likes rewards Melancholy: attention to detail, perfectionist - focus on details A common mistake is attempting too much too soon.

Need to be patient. Impatience stems from unrealistic expectations - don't give up too soon. Life goals are reached by annual goals, daily goals and habits - focus on today In addition to How and What, it's important to know Why because it gives you staying power. Do you require coaxing to do small chores?

Do you only complete your duties to get by? Do you talk negatively about your work? Do efforts of friends to encourage you irritate you?

Do you start small projects and abandon them? Do you avoid self-improvement opportunities? Understand the relationship between motivation and discipline. Give yourself more and bigger whys because small steps compound. Be consistently productive: greats are inspired because they are working and not working because they are inspired. Develop the habits of success because your habits lead to your destiny.

Don't be goal conscious, be growth conscious. Keep growing beyond your goals - don't set goals that are too small. Develop a daily growth system that plays to your personality strengths. Law of Environment If you're always at the head of the class, you are in the wrong class!

Change your environment and move to a larger pond. Change depends on your choices. Impossible to grow without changing. Change your attitude. What experiences lift me? What dreams inspire me?

Who cares for and supports me? Change yourself and your environment: growth will be faster if you change both. This accelerates chance for success. In a growth environment, people are ahead of me and growth is modeled and accepted How do you get a poker hot? Put it next to the fire. Spend time with great people, books, and tapes Change who you spend your time with: people who you associate with are your reference group.

Associate with expansive people further along in their growth journey than you - people who are positive, more successful, have integrity and constantly growing. Find accountability partner that desires your success and willing to help you Challenge yourself in your new environment: need to be intentional to find those growth opportunities. Create deadlines and make your goals public Look for one major growth opportunity every week - schedule a learning lunch with your mentor s Questions to ask: What are you learning now?

What do I need right now? Who have they met? What have they read?

What have you done that has helped you? What haven't I asked that I should have? Focus on the moment: the happiest moment is this moment.The people who grow and achieve the most are the ones who harness the power of patience and persistence. The Law of the Trade Offs To achieve your full potential you must be willing to sacrifice something.

However, I find that those same people recognized this BUT use it as an excuse because they are unwilling to put forth the effort to find out what is needed to improve. You shouldn t become too concerned about what others might think of you. Don't worry about past or future since you can't influence it directly. The great thing about this concept is that you can make the decision to change this part of your life at any given moment no matter how old or young you are.

However, in , he returned to congregational ministry at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he is currently a teaching pastor. Page 18 To reach your potential, you must know where you want to go and where you currently are. It gives a strong sense of satisfaction. Your goal should be to find a fit that is mutually beneficial for both mentor and mentee.