The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Chapter Six

February 10, 2013 — 6 Comments

THE LAW OF ENVIRONMENT

Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings

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When you think about your work place, is it a place where you can grow to the next level? Are there advancement opportunities? Are they in the area you really want to be in because it’s your purpose, or is it just for more money?When looking for the right environment to grow in you need to first look inside yourself. What is your purpose? Unfortunately, I think some people never find their true purpose and end up leaving life with regrets.

The two most important days in your life is the day you’re born and the day you find out what your true purpose of being born is. If you haven’t thought about it, then maybe it’s time to start that journey, it may be the most exciting one you take.

John lists a number of questions to answer true or false to about your environment you’re in (Think about each environment you are in, work, home, non-profit, volunteer group, etc);

  • Others are ahead of me.
  • I am continually challenged.
  • My focus is always forward.
  • The atmosphere is affirming.
  • I am often out of my comfort zone.
  • I wake up excited.
  • Failure is not my enemy.
  • Others are growing.
  • People desire change.
  • Growth is modeled and expected.

After answering these questions ask yourself what the next step should be. Have you reached the limits in your current position? The bigger question may be, “Am I even in the right job?”

Unfortunately I think some supervisors don’t foster a growth environment because they don’t encourage employees to take training classes. They think they need to be the smartest person. Well, that’s one of many reasons.

Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to quit your job to find your passion. But, should you stay in a job that prevents you from pursuing your passion?

Remember growth comes best and effectively when your environment is aiding, not holding you back.

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment you first find yourself in.”~ Mark Caine

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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