Picture your favourite tree. In order to grow tall and develop a rich and lush canopy, the tree needs strong roots.
It’s the same for your business. Your business’s development and ultimate success is linked to your own personal growth.
Growth is the conscious pursuit of expanding self-awareness, knowledge and improving personal skills.
Here are 7 effective steps to achieve growth in 2019:
1. Monitor your self-talk
According to Psychology Today, your self-talk combines your conscious thoughts with your unconscious beliefs and biases. It’s an effective way for your brain to interpret and process your daily experiences.
Acknowledge your self-talk and monitor it: what does it tell you?
Do you tell yourself you can’t do something, that you’re stupid, ugly or that you’re not good enough?
If you do, know you have a negative self-talk and you need to work on yourself to change it.
Is your negative self-talk self-grown or is it something that has been told to you repeatedly while growing up? If the latter is true, your negative and deprecating self-talk is not really yours so why carry someone else’s emotional problems? Let go! Seek professional support to help you get rid of your emotional burden.
Learn more about negative self-talk and how to improve your life:
2. Improve your discipline by adopting a No. Excuses. Mindset
I’m tired…I don’t have any money… I’m too old to start a business of my own… It’s too cold outside to go running… I’m not ready…
Have you ever told yourself any of the above or something along the lines? Although you’ve set yourself on the path for achieving your goal, you find yourself making excuses for not doing the work you need to do.
Excuses are exits signs off the freeway of life. Every time you make an excuse you basically stop where you’re going and you’ve delayed that vision, that destination that you so anxiously wanted to get to. When you’re making excuses you’re exiting from your dream.
Why do we make excuses?
The main reason is fear. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of changing our lives, fear of making mistakes while inertia and complacency get the better of us.
Do you want to stop making excuses?
Here’s one single argument that will surely drive you right back: regrets. Having regrets of not doing everything you could have done to reach your full potential is painful and emotionally tormenting.
This is the conclusion latest research has revealed: people regret not being all they could have been.
We have one life. Stop making excuses. Or else you will spend your twilight years feeling regret for not becoming the person you know you could have become if only you had tried.
Growth takes time. It’s all on you. You may have people around you supporting your pursuit of growth, but you will do all the work.
3. Read the right books. Educate yourself.
Once you have decided the area on which you need to grow (whether it’s improving your communication skills, soft skills, develop a particular ability or nurture your talent), make a list of all the books that can help you reach your goal.
The most successful entrepreneurs didn’t wait for school classes to teach them, they were self-taught. Elon Musk, Jan Koum and Stewart Butterfield learned how to program by reading books and manuals on the subject. All three of them are now running billion dollar tech companies.
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
4. Exercise self-awareness
What is self-awareness? Search for an answer to this question on Google and you get 453 million results. It’s a huge number which shows high interest for this subject.
Here’s another interesting number: a 2011 report estimated that there are 8.7 million species on Earth. Out of which only eight have self-awareness. These species are: humans, bonobos, orangutans, dolphins, orcas, some elephants, magpies and trained pigeons.
You would think self-awareness is a common ability among humans, the most intelligent species on Earth. Actually as dr Tasha Eurich has discovered, self-awareness is on short supply.
Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist and executive coach, with a 15-year professional experience witnessing the power of self-awareness in leadership. Dr. Eurich found a surprising discrepancy between believing to be self-aware and actually being self-aware: even though most people believe they are self-aware, only 10–15% of the people we studied actually fit the criteria.
To achieve growth in the area of your choosing, you need first to know and understand your own self.
Self-awareness gives us power. We might not always like what we see, but there’s a comfort in knowing ourselves. There’s a ton of research showing that people who are self-aware are more fulfilled, they have stronger relationships, they’re more creative, they’re more confident and better communicators. They’re less likely to lie, cheat and steal; they perform better at work and they’re more promotable. And they’re more effective leaders with more profitable companies.
Dr. Tasha Eurich
Listen to Dr. Eurich talking about how you can increase your self-awareness with one simple fix:
5. Learn to set goals correctly
In his book, The Motivation Myth, author Jeff Haden shows that motivation is not the secret ingredient of success. In fact motivation is a result of the process which leads to success, not the cause. The path to success is not paved with motivation, but with goals. Only not everyone knows how to set goals correctly.
Here is how to set goals in order to achieve growth successfully according to Jeff Haden
- Make your goal tangible, specific and easily measurable;
- Make your goal meaningful to you, not to others;
- Make your goal a positive goal;
- Focus on the daily process.
Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.
James Cash Penney
6. Discover mentors online and connect with them offline
If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always (say they) have had a great mentor at some point along the road.
Sir Richard Branson
We grow faster and become successful when we receive support and guidance from a more experienced person. Sometimes we cannot find the answer to our questions in books so a mentorship is the best solution.
Sir Richard Branson had Sir Freddie Laker, the entrepreneurs who revolutionized the airline industry by offering the first low-cost commercial transatlantic flights to guide him through rough times at Virgin Atlantic. The relationship between Bill Gates and Warren Buffett is well-known and both of them learned from each other. Mark Zuckerberg turned to Steve Jobs for advice on how to build the best team capable of changing the world.
There is a lot of information on how to choose the best mentor for your needs and where to find this mentor. You can also learn how to approach your chosen mentor and how to build a great relationship. You can start looking on LinkedIn or dedicated resources such as micromentor.org or going to industry events and conferences. You may not find your mentor tomorrow, but hang in there, my young padawan! If you are resilient you will find your Yoda.
Another way to grow is to become member of a mastermind group.
Napoleon Hill introduced the concept of mastermind groups in his 1937 book Think and Grow Rich. Mastermind groups are peer-to-peer groups whose members support, teach and help each other grow and solve problems. The appropriate mastermind group is very powerful and can take you to the next level.
Here are 5 benefits you can take advantage of when joining a mastermind group:
- High quality experience and knowledge;
- Support and advice provided by the group’s members;
- Collaboration between each of the group’s members;
- Extended network;
- New opportunities for business and for learning;
- No one is alone and we all grow faster with a little help from our peers.
Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.
7. Come to BRAND MINDS 2019 — The Central and Eastern-European Business Summit of the Year
If I were to compare BRAND MINDS to anything it would definitely be a famous rock band concert — packed venue, excellent performance on stage, everyone breathing in unison.
At the 2018 event we had 3000 attendees: professionals, high profile CEOs, media and online personalities. It was a huge experience for everyone attending the business conference. Every speaker gave 120%: they provided knowledge, actionable information, inspiration, laughter and answers to questions.
Ever since the first event six years ago, BRAND MINDS is focused on delivering the best growth experience to its attendees.
BRAND MINDS 2019 is certainly fitting this description. Our speakers are world-renowned experts in their fields:
Yuval Noah Harari, Guy Kawasaki, Brené Brown, Robert Cialdini, Grand Cardone and Hitendra Wadhwa.
Make 2019 the year of your growth!
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