1. Chose a Life of Growth — When you sincerely dedicate yourself to continual growth, you keep moving forward. As soon as you think you can coast or rest or just maintain what you have already achieved, that is when you start sliding backwards.
2. Growing Today — Procrastination is the death of ambition and dreams. Someday is not any day of the week. Get specific. Growth is not automatic. Growth today will provide a better tomorrow. It's being responsible. If you don’t take that responsibility, growth will never happen.
3. Be Teachable — Stay open to learning When we think we know it all, we become unteachable and can no longer grow or improve.
4. Focus on Self-Development, Not Self-Fulfillment — Self-fulfillment is about feeling good. With self- development, feeling good is a byproduct, not a goal. Self-development is a higher calling, it’s the development of your potential so that you can attain the purpose for which you were created.
5. Never Stay Satisfied with Current Accomplishments — Thinking that you have arrived when you accomplish a goal has the same effect as believing you know it all. It takes away your desire to learn. Successful people know that wins and losses are both temporary. Regardless of how successful you are today, don’t get complacent. Stay hungry.
6. Be a Continual Learner — To keep moving, become a perpetual learner. Zig Ziglar said “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” Carve out time for learning something every day. That the essence of being a continual learner.
7. Concentrate on a Few Major Themes — Give your time and energy only to the themes at the heart of your life. Keep your focus narrow. Where you focus your attention will depend on your purpose, how you wish to help others and what it means for you to reach your potential.
8. Develop a Plan for Growth — The key to this life is developing a plan: Plan your work and work your plan. Earl Nightingale says “If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.” How you go about it does not matter, but do it daily.
9. Pay the Price — Growth requires discipline. It takes time away from leisure pursuits. It costs money for materials. There’s constant change and risks. And it can be lonely. But growth is always worth the price you pay. The alternative is a life of unfulfilled potential.
10. Find a Way to Apply What You Learn — Apply what you learn every day to turn it into a habit instead of a wish. After 21 days you've created a new habit. And that's a good thing.
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