One of the greatest pleasures of my job is the unlimited books I get to read. I never thought I would audible as much as I do. I am still “old fashioned” and like to pick up the hard copy of the book and follow along. I’m a “highlighter” or glitter pen “under liner” girl when it comes to books. I have to read it and see it for something to really stick. When I don’t have the hard copy I grab a journal and take notes as if I am in a lecture class.
I am currently reading through The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell. If you are ever wanting to invest in yourself professionally or personally, grab one of his books. His books are easy to read and listen too.
Have you ever had a season where you felt like you have hit a growth gap? You became stagnate. Unmotivated. Living in survival mode. Can you identify what is keeping you from growing and reaching your potential? We have all been there a time or two. We can all fall into growth gap traps, as John puts it.
The first growth gap to address is The Assumption Gap. Assuming we will automatically grow. Growth doesn’t happen just because you have lived longer or have a longer status with your employer. Growth has to be intentional. You can’t grow and improve your life just by living. There has to be ownership to your growth. No one can do it for you. If you are serious about improving your life, you have to improve yourself.
Next is The Knowledge Gap. Do you possess the knowledge you need to grow? What do you need to do to obtain it? What is your plan? Do you have one? What are you wanting to accomplish personally, professionally, and/or spiritually? Choose what you want to learn and dive in feet first. Make a plan and give your self deadlines. Write your plan down where you can see it every morning. Adjust the plan as needed but keep your goal the same. Opportunities will present themselves but you have to look for them.
The final gap that tends to affect our growth is The Timing Gap. There is a difference between deciding and doing. How many people say “I have decided I need to (fill in the gap)” but they never do anything about it. Quit deciding and do it now.
It is never too late to move forward in life. Make a plan, take ownership and hustle!