The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Chapter Fourteen

April 10, 2013 — 4 Comments

THE LAW OF EXPANSION
Growth Always Increases Your Capacity

Most people set their own capacity without even realizing that they are preventing themselves from growing to their next level. They convince themselves that they don’t have the ability or knowledge to do what they truly desire.

© Marek _ Fotolia

© Marek _ Fotolia

If they truly desire it then how come they can’t believe that they can do it?

Or is it that they don’t want to give up something in order to develop the knowledge and skills to do it. Basically they don’t want to give up to go up. Unfortunately these are the folks who lay in their death beds and have the, “could’ve, should’ve and would’ve” symptoms of life.

How do you not come down with those symptoms? You need to believe in, and give of, yourself.

The Law of Expansion requires you to get out of your comfort zone, which usually means change. If you don’t like change, you’ll struggle. But even more important is, if those closest to you don’t like change, you’ll still struggle.

In this Law John outlines some ideas on how to increase your thinking capacity.

A. Stop thinking more work and start thinking what works. You need to ask yourself these questions about what works:

  • What am I required to do?
  • What gives me the greatest return?
  • What gives me the greatest reward? 

B. Stop thinking can I? Start thinking how can I? This is one of the biggest roadblocks to people achieving their dreams, not believing that they can. Self-limiting beliefs start with the doubt others have in us. That could be our parents when we were still kids who said we would never amount to anything, or the controlling boss that tries to keep you in your place. 

C. Stop thinking one door and start thinking many doors. To many people get stuck on one course of action, and that rarely works. If you’re driving down the highway and hit a detour that goes around the road construction, do you wait for the construction to be over or take the detour? As long as your vision is strong your destination should be the same.

The next step to the Law of Expansion is to actually do it. You have to increase your willingness to do more in order to get more. There are no long term handouts in this world for the majority of us, you have to work to become successful.

Listening to some training the other day I heard Jim Rohn say, “Formal education gets you a career but self-education gets you rich.”

Expanding beyond your own potential is to first believe that you can. Take some time to think about what you want to do and what you need to do to do it, and then make it happen.

Dave Leingang

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Dave Leingang retired from the United States Navy in 2003 with twenty one years of service. After retiring he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. A lifelong learner and always looking for a challenge he became a John Maxwell Team Founding Partner in 2011. Dave’s been facilitating leadership classes and mastermind groups to businesses and non-profits for over ten years in both traditional and distant learning classroom.

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