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The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

These 15 laws of growth were written by leadership expert, John Maxwell, to help others understand how to reach their full growth potential. Read below to learn the essence of each of these laws.
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  1.  The Law of Intentionality

Growth doesn’t just happen.  You must be intentional about your growth. Seek opportunities that allow you to grow yourself. Growth only happens when you are actively pursuing it.

  1.  The Law of Awareness

You must know yourself to grow yourself. The first step in change is awareness. After this is completed then you are able change.

  1.  The Law of the Mirror

You must acknowledge value in yourself in order to add value to yourself.  Don’t compare yourself to others and limit self talk that is negative. No one else but you is responsible for your life and its outcomes.

  1.  The Law of Reflection

Learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you.  Peter Drucker says it like this,  “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” You must take time to pause, to question and strive towards growth every day.

  1.  The Law of Consistency

Motivation gets you going, discipline keeps you growing.  Develop the good habits that lead to success.  Just showing up is 80% of success.  Some people don’t reach success merely because they don’t show up. You can reach success faster than these people by just consistently being present.

  1.  The Law of Environment

Growth thrives in conducive surroundings.  Mark Cane says, “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment you first find yourself in.” You must always be in a positive growth environment to reach your potential. If you don’t find yourself in this kind of environment, do what you can to change that.

  1.  The Law of Design

To maximize growth, develop strategies.  Jim Rohn says,  “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you will fall into someone else’s plan.” Don’t adopt other people’s plans, rather, develop your own unique plan. If you go to work on your own goals, you will be rewarded.

  1.  The Law of Pain

Good management of bad experiences leads to great growth.  You must suffer pain to realize a gain. Be willing to look for opportunities even in moments of pain and pursue them. No pain, No gain.  No investment, no ROI.

  1.  The Law of the Ladder

Character growth determines the height of your personal growth.  Doug Firebaugh says, “Achievement to most people is something you do…to the high achiever, it is something you are.” Personal growth means that we are staying true to whom we should be and maintaining our integrity.

  1.  The Law of the Rubber Band

Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be.  W. Somerset Maugham says, “Only a mediocre person is always at his best.”  If you aren’t stretching yourself than you aren’t growing.  Don’t let the rubber band become limp.

  1.  The Law of the Trade-Offs

You have to give up to grow up.  Eric Hoffer says,  “People will cling to an unsatisfactory way of life rather than change in order to get something better for fear of getting something worse.”  The difference between where we are and where we want to be is created by the changes we are willing to make in our lives.

  1.  The Law of Curiosity

Growth is stimulated by asking Why?  Ask more questions.  The old saying rings true here:  Those who can do will always have a job, and the people who know why, will always be their boss. When you question more, you open yourself up to more knowledge and opportunities for growth.

  1.  The Law of Modeling

It’s hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow.  Find a mentor and look for a coach.  You can’t learn from someone who hasn’t been there before. Surround yourself with good role models and other positive people who will be able to help inspire you along in your journey. Find the people who have done the things you want to achieve and ask them lots of questions.

  1.  The Law of Expansion

Growth always increases your capacity. Most experts believe we only use 10% of our potential.  This is scary and wonderful at the same time.  If we have the right attitude, we have the capacity to grow ourselves.

  1.  The Law of Contribution

Growing yourself enables you to grow others.  You can’t give what you don’t possess. Grow yourself first in order to grow others. Your personal development is one of the best gifts that you can give another person.

Use these laws of growth in your own journey towards success in order to maximize your full potential. Dr. Maxwell’s laws are intrinsic to the success of any leader and understanding how they can benefit you is the first step to effective leadership.

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