If your vision is to make a tangible difference, you wonâ€™t achieve it by putting in less effort and hoping for the best. What must you do then? Do things that propel exponential personal growth. Here are a few suggestions:
Be deliberate in your efforts: What level of excellence or goal is eluding you? What do you do when youâ€™re struggling?Â Where would you like to go from where you are right now? Have clear intentions. Develop big goals based on a core set of skills you have that can get you started on a good footing. Make sure you find a mentor who will guide you; be your sounding board; and who will help you address your skills gaps.
Avoid gravity people: These are people who specialise in negativity. You are excited about something, they burst your bubble. They may not do this on purpose. They see the glass half empty and are eternal pessimists. Sometimes â€˜gravity peopleâ€™ can even be your boss, who will keep you in a boxÂ Â rather than encourage you to step out and take a chance. If you have such a boss, you may have to consider moving to another department or find another job.
Be your best advocate: It is advisable that you have the right people around you. They will encourage you and wish you well. Keep your mind and energy focused on what you can do rather than what you canâ€™t. Avoid self-induced negative stress and side step any unnecessary â€˜dramaâ€™ in your environment that divides your attention and drains you.
Break unhelpful patterns: These take several forms. For instance: distraction at work, seeking counsel from the wrong sources, defending the indefensible, blaming others for your troubles, not taking personal responsibility, and abusing your position. Identify unhelpful patterns in yourself and find a way to break them. A good way is identify someone willing to be your â€˜monitorâ€™ to hold you accountable.
Now take action: What will be the one thing that you will do in the next 6 months to increase your personal growth?