Personal growth brings many benefits to a leader. If you want to remain competent and move toward your potential then you need to engage in personal growth on a regular basis. However, personal growth does not just happen by chance, it requires adapting several foundational components into your life. Those components include being teachable, consistency, perseverance, patience, and self-motivation. Let’s dive into those five essential components of personal growth:
Quality #1 Teachable
Being teachable is about being open to learn and retain new information. Teachable people put themselves in places where they are learning and adapting the skills, theories, and methods that will cause them to become better people and leaders. When you observe people you will find not everyone has this type of attitude. I’ve found there are teachable people and those who are not open to learning. Unfortunately many people are in the latter group. Being teachable is an irrefutable component of personal growth.
Quality #2 Consistency
The best leaders understand the value of always growing and learning. Moving toward your peak performance potential requires consistent growths. This does not happen by reading a couple of books or attending a conference then thinking you have done enough to grow yourself. The sharpening and development of your skills requires the regular habit of engaging in personal growth content. Personal growth should never stop. Discipline yourself to always be growing.
Quality #3 Perseverance
Perseverance is a close companion of personal growth. Perseverance is defined as a, “Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” Life brings a variety of seasons and experiences. Your goal should be to continue investing in personal growth no matter your current or future season of life. To always be taking the initiative to grow yourself. This requires perseverance, especially for those hard or demanding seasons. The secret is to invest a little time during your day/week for personal growth. Determine to always be investing time into your schedule for personal growth.
Quality #4 Patience
To see the results of personal growth requires patience. It can be difficult to see the benefits or results of personal growth since we live in a fast paced, “I want it now” society. Personal growth takes time. The process is more like a crock-pot than a microwave. Being patient is about continuing to develop yourself and knowing in time you will reap the investment you made. Invest in personal growth and be patient about seeing the results.
Quality #5 Self-Motivation
Self-motivation is crucial when it comes to personal growth. You can’t rely solely on outside sources like people or your environment to motivate you to grow. They will fall short when it comes to motivating you 100 percent of the time. For example, what happens if your source of motivation is from a person and they have a bad day or week? What happens is their bad day will negatively affect your feelings of motivation. The only person who can motivate you 100 percent of the time is yourself. This is why self-motivation is so crucial to have when it comes to personal growth. You have to be able to motivate yourself to grow and learn.
Questions: Can you add any other components of personal growth? Which of these components are present in your life and which ones do you need to adapt more into your life, so you will be able to always be growing yourself?
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