While growth can be accidental and incremental, it has to be intentional if you want it to be sustainable and impactful.
For growth to be intentional, two very important questions have to be asked and answered:
- Why do you want to grow?
- What is the push factor for you to continue growing when time becomes easy or even busy?
Let’s talk about how we could inspire growth that leads to GLOW:
Growth to Infinity
The world advocates lifelong learning as an “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. At an individual level, this means to
- expand our knowledge base,
- equip ourselves with new skills,
- strengthen the skills that we need to improve.
Living a Legacy:
While many do not believe that their influence can impact generations, experience has taught me that one’s continual growth can create an immediate impact as he/she will
- be more efficient in processes,
- be more confident to engage in complex problem solving,
- encourage innovation in the team,
- ultimately be given the opportunity to lead teams and increase their circle of influence.
Open-mindedness is like a muscle. It is the muscle of willingness to try new things or consider new ideas. It is also a muscle that allows us completely immerse ourselves into another situation or experience without personal biases and prejudices.
However, it does not mean that you are changing yourself to agree with everything. It simply gives you the freedom to adjust your conclusions and better our ability to connect with others even when we disagree. Open-mindedness takes time, energy, and practice.
Lately, we have been witnessing a series of coronavirus-inspired panic buying and hoarding around the world. While being grounded means having the ability to be completely aware and conscious of the present moment, it also means you practice a deep sense of mindfulness and rarely think about “what ifs,” such as “what if we run out of food/ toilet paper.”
When we are grounded, we are in complete control of our mental and emotional state, and not easily influenced by other ideas or individuals. Likewise, when we are grounded at work, we continue to work responsibly and grow continually to stay relevant and competitive.
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.