To move toward your potential and maximize your leadership requires that you become a Lifelong Learner. A lifelong learner is someone who regularly and intentionally grows and develops themselves. But knowledge and learning is never enough, without implementing and taking action on what we have learned. Simply said, the change that happens from growth must be turned into action.
In my past post The Four Seasons of Personal Growth I shared these seasons: beginning, enthusiastic learner, deliberately implementing, and return on investment. If we expect to see the benefits and a high return on our learning it requires moving from an enthusiastic learner to deliberately implementing what we have learned. If we don’t apply and implement our growth we will lose what we have learned. I recently read Question Behind the Question by John Miller and he wisely said,
We attend too many seminars. We take too many classes. We buy too many books. We play to many audios in our cars. It’s all wasted if we’re unclear on what learning really is: Learning is not attending, listening, or reading. Nor is it merely gaining knowledge. Learning is really about translating knowing what to do into doing what we know. It’s about changing. If we have not changed we have not learned.
When we grow and learn it should lead to change in our actions and behaviors. When this happens we become better and those we lead will be positively impacted. Anyone can move toward success and greater achievement if they learn, implement, and take action! The challenge is the next time you invest in yourself through personal growth and development you also put time and effort into applying and implementing what you have learned.
Question: How are you turning your growth and learning into action?