The “F” on my 6-week progress report glared up at me, stunning me with its accusation that I was failing science.
Until then, I’d been satisfied with my average grades.
After all, I was the youngest in my fifth grade class by a year, since my parents started me in kindergarten at four-years-old.
What had happened? How had I ended up with this grade? I was not an “F” student!
Soon after bringing the report home, while my dad and I were playing catch in the backyard, he remarked gently, “Bobby, how about you see what you can do the last six weeks.” His simple challenge took ahold of my little heart.
When I received my grades for that last six weeks, I was surprised by how well I did. My parents were even more surprised.
That was the first time I realized my true personal growth potential. Until that moment, I’d never taken the time to ponder what I wanted to achieve. I just worked to get the job done fast enough so I could be released to play. I worked IN school, not ON school.
And ever since that moment, my grades were always at the top of the class, all the way through college.
Recently, I’ve been writing about the ON/IN principle and that each of us should…
Work ON the business while we work IN the business. – Bobby Albert
When you work ON the business, you take time to remove yourself from the daily grind of working IN the business. This enables you think about things on a higher level and make intentional plans about your life and business.
Every leader can achieve out-of-the-ballpark results by growing themselves first.
Do you want to grow your business? Do you want to achieve successful results that you have never seen before? Then the first person you need to work ON is staring you in the mirror each morning!
YOU are the problem! It is as if you are the “lid”, or limiter, on the progress you desire.
Your organization, your division, your department will be contained by your leadership.
Your business is the size of YOU.
Your employees will not grow beyond YOU. And if they do grow faster and greater than you, they will leave you to seek employment elsewhere.
Your perspective on life and in business will be limited by your own personal growth.
You cannot teach your family or your employees anything greater than what you know and have experienced.
You cannot grow your business until you grow your people. But…you will not grow your people until you grow first YOU.
Ok, by now you know that growing YOU is the key to the achievement that you desire. But why haven’t you been able to accomplish the growth and success that you seek?
Your struggle is common, and best-selling author John Maxwell nailed it when he said, “The greatest gap in the world is knowing and doing.”
“People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” – James Allen
However, the good news is you can grow your business if you are willing to grow YOU first.
Your first job is not to grow the business but to grow YOU.
Remember, success is a journey, not a destination.
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn
If you really want to reach your potential and not just experience life and hope you will have personal growth along the way, you must go out your way to seize personal growth opportunities as if your life depended on it. And it does!
So how do you begin to “lift the lid” on your personal growth journey?
How to lift the lid off your personal growth potential:
I have learned that you need a plan in order to maximize your personal growth.
As a start, commit that you will choose to learn something new every day!
To help with your personal growth journey, I have created a simple Goal Setting Workbook. It’s FREE, and you can download it immediately by <clicking here>. Feel free to print it or save it for your own use.
If you would like to go to a summary blog post about personal growth goal setting, you can <click here>.
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