Updated: Dec 2, 2019
To grow yourself you must know yourself. Knowing yourself requires frequently stepping away from the busyness of life and spending time alone. Sometimes people hesitate to do this out of fear of being alone, or of what their friends and family may say or think.
It's in times of solitude that you become intimately aware of your TRUE YOU. John Maxwell writes, "If you want to grow your potential, you must know yourself. Your strengths and weaknesses, your interests and opportunities. You must be able to gauge not only where you've been, but also where you are now."
When I worked as a project manager in the corporate world there were three main questions that we used to assess the progress of our work:
1. Where are we?
2. Where do we want to go?
3. How do we get there?
If you are interested in growing or continuing on the path of growth you must ask yourself these same three questions and make note of the answers. Without these answers you won't be able to define the path for where you want to go and be able to take purposeful action to get there.
If you don't take the time to know yourself you won't know what you truly desire or what your ideal life should look like. Growth can be a long, arduous and painful process and , let's face it, not many people want to pay the price. Until you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and get uncomfortable, nothing will ever change in your life or business.
When you know who you are, you know who you are not. This helps you to make choices in your career, relationships and business that are in alignment with the TRUE YOU. That's why it's important to grow in self-awareness.
When you know who you are, what you want to do and where you want to go it fuels you to live your life with passion and purpose. Passion and purpose pushes you to function with excellence and your life suddenly takes on new meaning.
Here are 3 steps to help you on your path to growth:
1. Seek the help and wisdom of those who have already achieved what you want and are doing what you want to do.
2. Get an accountability partner to help you measure and stay focused on your progress.
3. Find a mentor. This is someone who has mastered what you want to do and learn from their wisdom and expertise.
There are numerous coaches and mentors available nowadays but not all of them are right for you. You will have to do individual assessments and make a wise, informed decision based on your findings of who you want to work with.
For more information on mentorship take a look at my blog post, The Principle of Mentorship. Self-awareness is the key to continuous growth. Take the time to know and grow thyself.