Anytime you have “grown” in your life, most likely you changed your environment in some way. Think about the environment you are in today, are you growing to your full potential or are you at a plateau? You never want to be at the head of the class 100% of the time. Like anything, once we reach the peak and then plateau, we begin to decay and decline. It is at this point there is a need to incorporate change.
The three signs that you need to change your environment are:
- I reached the top too fast.
- I no longer feel challenged.
- There is nowhere else for me to go in the organization.
What happens if I do not change my environment? If you change yourself and not your environment, your growth will be very slow and difficult. If you change your environment but not yourself, then growth will be slow and less difficult. If on the other hand, you change both yourself and your environment, growth will be faster and more successful.
Who do you spend your time with? We each need to surround ourselves with others that are ahead of us by 5 to 10 years in our chosen field. Who has your ear? Did you know that in 5 years, you will become just like the five people you listen to and hang around with?
Each of us needs to challenge ourselves and have an accountability partner who will tell us the honest true and hold us to what we commit to. Who is the person for you? Remember here, if you are not moving on to the next challenge, or mountain top, you are in a state of decline. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “No matter the course you decide upon, there is always someone who will tell you that you are wrong.”
As you assess your environment thing about these areas of your life by asking:
“What nourishes me?” – Growth
“What keeps me alive?” – Purpose
“What sustains me?” – People
Significant growth can only come from continual challenge in your environment. Growth comes from taking action, not inaction. Where are your potential growth areas the coming month?
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“Design Your Life”