Leaders are busy and can be tempted to overlook personal growth. It’s important to be disciplined and deliberate about growing and developing yourself (no matter how busy you might be) because growth does not happen by accident. When you implement personal growth into your regular routine it becomes the catalyst for success, higher level results, reaching your potential, and increasing influence. Many leaders forsake these benefits due to the busyness of life and leadership.
To implement personal growth no matter what season you find yourself in, I suggest these strategies:
Intentionally plan- Leaders who are always growing and learning place a high value on planned growth. When you plan and schedule for personal growth before (or during) busy seasons you increase your chances of actually taking the time to engage in growth activities. Place personal growth as an indispensable priority or task so you will always be growing and learning.
Become extremely specific- Since time is a valuable commodity it’s imperative to invest in specific growth so you see the maximum return on your time and effort. I recommend having between 3-5 specific growth areas at any given time. These areas should be related to your personal strengths, work competencies, and cause you to be making progress toward your potential and desired dreams. I shared my main growth areas (for 2013) in Be Specific in your Personal Growth which included: Spiritual, family, leadership, communication, and platform. Invest your time wisely by being extremely specific in your personal growth.
Set attainable goals– Having personal growth goals is the bridge from the person you are today to the person you should be tomorrow. Goals allow you to follow through and make progress on your personal growth plan. During those busy seasons be deliberate about setting attainable goals. In Author Dave Arnold’s recent article: Growth Goals (What Are They & Why We Need Them) he wrote this practical advice, “Write down a specific goal each week that you want to work on or improve.” Setting a small growth goal (especially during busy times) will cause you to keep growing and learning.
When you implement these strategies you will always be growing and developing yourself. Remember, “It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from followers. ~Warren Bennis
Questions: How do you implement personal growth during busy times? Which of the above three areas can you apply to better help you always be growing and learning?