How Grows It?

So tell me how your personal growth journey is going.
Or more to the point…is it going?
Do you have a definitive plan?  Is it written down on paper (or computer)?  That alone is a great start.

Get Out of Your Head

Ask most people and they will tell you they have a plan but it’s all in their head.  If you manage to get it out of them, you will find the plans vague at first.  Not good enough.
Get out of your head and into your greatness. –Les Brown
Your personal growth plan has to be written down and it has to be specific.  Not just what you want to do but by when and how.  You can’t hit a target you can’t see.
But even that is not enough.  You have to actually act upon that plan.  This part can seem very overwhelming to most people because they see all that they have to do to reach their goal and it seems like so much that they get discouraged and just give up.  Is that where you are?  I know I have been there many times.

Bit by Bit

To overcome this, it helps to break it down.  As they old saying goes you eat an elephant one bite at a time.  Focus on what you can do right now to get a little closer to your goal.  To become a better leader, connect better with people, build better relationships, learn to increase your influence; whatever your personal growth goals are they can be broken down into daily activities.

Become a 1%er

So think 1%.  
growth by 1% a dayFocus on growing yourself just 1% a day.  
That’s a fairly easy thing to do.  If you grow yourself by just one percent a day, then think about this:  over one year you will have grown yourself 365 percent.  Actually even more than that because it is exponential; one percent on one percent on one percent and so on.  So if you focus on that one percent and do that on a daily basis, then you are going to get much closer to your goal.
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. -Doug Fireball

Pick It and Plan It

Start with WHAT you are going to do daily to grow.  Read a book, attend an online seminar, practice a particular skill.  You need to have a specific activity.  Random doesn’t work.  When we are specific, we choose activities that actually lead us where we want to go.  Random leads us anywhere.
I’m a big fan of what Zig Ziglar called “Automobile University“.  Buy CD’s ( or use your MP3 player) and listen to learn.  Motivational recordings, instructional programs, books on audio; there is a never ending supply.  You can even borrow some from the public library.
Did you know that if you subscribe to Success Magazine (and you should) that there is a CD in every issue with tips and guidance from thought leaders?
Whatever you choose, stick with it until you finish it.  And most importantly, schedule it.  Your commute to work is ideal for this.

Become a 1%er today and move closer to achieving your goals.