This is a continuation of my series on the 15 Laws of Personal Growth
The Law of Consistency is the difference between motivation and discipline.
- Motivation is easy to generate.
- Motivation gets you going.
However, what happens when the road gets rough, the rocks get bigger, and fatigue sets in? That’s where discipline steps in. Without discipline, motivation is useless.
- Consistency becomes a differentiator between winners and those who don’t reach their goal.
- Discipline is the bridge that gets you over the hump to where you want to be.
The Law of the Environment is where your growth happens.
- Growth happens best in conducive surroundings.
- If your surroundings are holding you back, then change them.
It can be as simple as rearranging the furniture or as complex as moving your office. If you live in confusion and chaos then make the changes necessary. If lack of organization keeps you from moving forward then get help to get organized. Learn new skills to make the change.
Personal development cannot be in a small-minded environment. You need to think big and dream big. Our society creates more negative than positive messages on a daily basis. The news, the economy, and often our friends and family, will tell us all the reasons we can’t succeed but not the reasons we can succeed. It is up to you to find fresh thinking, find new things, and create your new environment.
The seventh law is the Law of Design. To maximize personal growth you must intentionally develop strategies. Think -
- I intend to grow and I intend to measure my growth.
- I will build my strengths.
- I will not focus on my weaknesses.
A focus on weakness will at best make you average unless you want to make it a strength. Let me give you an example. If your weakness is public speaking and you want to grow in that area, then go for it. Get a speaking coach, read books, learn how to be a good public speaker. However if you don’t like detail (like accounting) then don’t try to get good at accounting, hire someone else to do it for you. At best, you might become a mediocre accountant.