Five irreplaceable tools for growth

This way of thinking inspires innovation and creativity


According to John C. Maxwell, author of the 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership, there are three types of people:

1. People who do not know what they would like to do — dabble and drift

2. People who know what they would like to do but don’t do it — frustrated

3. People who know what they would like to do and do it — work in areas that move them closer to their purpose

This article will help those people who dabble and drift, the frustrated and the purpose oriented, to become better. There are five tools that we can use to improve ourselves and grow. We have already covered one of the first tools — knowing what type of person you are is the first step of growth.

Great people

Experts agree that the most connected people are often the most successful. When we invest in our relationships — professional and personal — it can pay us back in dividends throughout the course of our life. But how do you attract the right people into your life?

If you want to attract other amazing people to you, then be that person too. Be what you want to attract. You can apply this technique to connect with people headed for success. Speak what you want. One of my favourite affirmations is, “I am so happy and grateful now that I am attracting like-minded and positive people to me every day.” Focus on spending more time with people who are going in the direction you aspire to go. Spend less time with people who are not going in the direction of your aspirations. Add value to others by showing them that you care and believe in them. Share your enthusiasm for your vision by communicating your vision. See the best in others and they will see the best in you. No man is an island. Surround yourself with great people and grow.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

— Wayne Dyer

Great messages

In one of T.D. Jakes’ old sermons, he speaks about the secret of elevation. Jakes centred his message on the story of Jesus’ transfiguration and the calling of the three disciples who followed him upwards. One of the points that ‘hit home’ for me is that when you are called and chosen by God, he shows you ‘glimpses of his glory.’ The fact that God chooses us means that we cannot be common in our associations and that includes the messages we feed ourselves. To reach our goals through growth, requires us to be willing to forsake the familiar and venture into the unfamiliar. Our faith is proven in the valleys and the mountains of our lives.

Finally, Bishop Jakes’ message taught me that the name of the mountain is irrelevant. In the account given by the Bible no specific name was mentioned. This could represent the individual nature of each of our mountains. My mountain will be different for me and your mountain will be different for you. Each person’s mountain has certain characteristics. One of the important common characteristics is that the view from the bottom is different that that of the view from the top. At the top of the mountain the scenery, climate, and the air change. To tap into our full potential, we must intentionally manage the messages we receive and tune our minds and hearts towards positivity and growth. When we do this we automatically know if we are around the right people and in the right place mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Great places

Travel is essential because it offers humans something we are wired to love — choices and challenges. In the Art Of Choosing, written by Sheena Iyengar, the author provides strong evidence to support that we are wired for survival. Here is an excerpt from her research:

“Rats were given a choice of a direct path to food or a path that had branches and therefore required choices to be made. Both paths resulted in access to the same food in the same amounts. If all the rats wanted was food, then they should take the short, direct path. But the rats continuously preferred the path with branches.”

Humans also prefer to take the unfamiliar path. Faced with options of countless new experiences, successful people learn valuable coping strategies. These experiences help them to shoulder uncertainty and remain calm and effective. This is a key skill for success in both business and leading people.

Great books

“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the books you read and the people you meet.” — Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones

Great books can provide you with access to a world of mentors with experience in any area. Commit to reading a book every month. Once you have mastered one book per month, stretch your goal to two books per month.

Successful personal growth requires motivation, the desire to improve, and the willingness to strive to make changes. People are different from one another, and what works for one, might not work for another. This means that you must explore the various techniques and ways for personal growth to find what is suitable for you.

What does personal growth mean to you and what are some of the techniques that you have used to personally grow?

Eliot Kelly is recognised as a serial Entrepreneur, and has been featured on CNN, BBC, BBC Three’s Be Your Own Boss and an extensive list of magazines and articles.


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Eliot Kelly is recognised as a serial Entrepreneur, and has been featured on CNN, BBC Three’s Be Your Own Boss and an extensive list of magazines and articles.