Growing can be a fast or slow process depending on the soil you place yourself in to grow. Just as plants thrive in different seasons and in different environments so do people. If you want to really grow you have to change your environment from time to time. This means letting go of places, people, things, and mindsets. You must let go of the old to receive the new. Your environment can be your greatest asset or your greatest liability. The reason most of us don’t succeed in life is because of fear. Our number ONE fear is the fear of letting go the familiar and the comfortable. We all want to hold on to those friends of ours who aren’t going in the same direction as us, we all want to continue to go those places that are only holding us back, keeping us stuck in mess, and we all want to hold onto our old mindset that has us in the same position year in and year out. In order to grow, you must change! You cannot grow without change, it is impossible. This change will be one of the hardest things you have to do but nothing easy is worth having so push through this pain and grow.
Here are some things that can help you grow and help you navigate through different soils for good growth.
1. Know thyself to grow thyself. You have to know where you are going, what you are trying to accomplish, and who you want to become before you can grade the soil you are in. To grade the soil you are in, ask yourself is this soil (people, place, or thing) helping you reach your where, what, and who you want to be. If it is not, this is a good indicator the soil you are in or around is only holding you back from true growth. For maximum growth, change yourself and your environment at the same time.
2. Your growth will and always will be in direct correlation to the people you spend the most time with. If the people you spend the most time are the same, or are equal to you, it is time for change. The key is to find people that are larger than ourselves to grow. We often overlook this one due to it is hard to get away from the people we enjoy spending our time with regardless of if it is benefiting us or not. Choose to grow instead of remaining comfortable. This area of change is often the most important because people have the greatest impact on our growth.
3. Lastly, growth comes with change and change always comes as a result of action. If you don’t create the environment you want, you will always be stuck with the environment you get. So begin mapping out a plan of who you want to become, what you want to achieve, and when you want to get there.
“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?”
by W. Clement Stone.
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