Life happens, and . . .
Do you ever tell yourself that if you just worked harder you could change your circumstances? I know I have. When I am not creating the results I had anticipated, I often push myself to do more; however, I am usually doing more of the same thing. Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, I think it is safe to say I am crazy! Working harder does not guarantee success and to be honest, that strategy is not only insane, it is also exhausting!
In his book, As a Man Thinketh, James Allen writes, “People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves: they therefore remain bound.” Personal growth is the “secret sauce” to achieving your dreams, goals and aspirations; however, growth doesn’t just happen on its own. I think many people view personal growth the same way they view physical growth. The problem with that viewpoint is that we don’t improve by simply getting older. As musician Bruce Springsteen noted: A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the person you want to become and start being the person you want to be.
If we don’t improve by accident, then how do we grow? We will never grow if we wait to be inspired, we will only grow by being intentional. When you become intentional about your growth, you will compound and accelerate your results. Here are a couple of ideas about how to apply the “secret sauce” to your current success strategy.
- Start today!
American politician Frank Clark said, “What great accomplishments we’d have in the world if everybody had done what they intended to do.” The Law of Diminishing intent says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.” Procrastination is arguably the most common way we derail our success in life and work.
- Choose Intentional over Accidental Growth
If you want to change your circumstances and improve your results, then you can’t just experience life and hope you learn what you need along the way. Hope is not a strategy.
One of my favorite quotes is by author Brendan Burchard, “At the end of your life you will ask yourself three questions: Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?” The only way you can answer yes to all three questions is if you seize growth opportunities as if your life depended on it...because it does!