We’ve been talking about the five decisions that lead to your freedom; freedom in your finances, freedom in your relationship, freedom in your fulfillment of your purpose, freedom in your money. These are the decisions that can create absolute freedom in your life. But you’ve got to start with decision number one with, I take full responsibility for my life. Take back YOUR POWER! Number one is to Take Back Your Power! Number two is to master your state. Mastering your state for your body, your mind, and your worst. And here’s decision number three. Are you ready? Decision number three, you need to make a decision to say I obsess about my growth.
Even when you say that you can’t be obsessed about YOUR growth, it’s got to be, I obsess about MY GROWTH.
If you make this decision, it can change everything. In fact, I’ll share a little bit of my story:
I thought I was growing. I had been leading for 20 years in an organization, leading lots of people, overseeing people, leading massive capital campaigns. I had been doing some stuff and I thought I was growing… but I realized how much I was not because something happened. I was invited to be in a mastermind. I got around growth minded people who weren’t just growing a little bit… they were growing a lot! What I realized was I thought I was growing because I was comparing myself to other people. Well, comparison is a thing. People, it will rob you of your destiny. It will rob you of freedom, comparisons is a thief of joy and success. And so I was growing in comparison to other people, but I was not growing according to the potential that was on the inside of me.
When I submerged myself into the mastermind, I was learning the habits, the mindsets, the routines of growth minded people which surrounded me. These were people who were obsessed about their growth. It began to shift everything in my life. I want to challenge you. Have you been maybe comparing yourself to others because we all know you’re growth minded if you have been following me on social media or reading my blogs. We know you’re not sitting doing nothing. You could be getting around some people that are speaking truth and speak and giving you tools and it could be new. You have the life of your dreams and fulfill your destiny to make a difference in the world.
I want to ask you, are you growing to the full potential that is on the inside of you or you just growing more than the person next to you?Or are you just growing more than your spouse, your employees… Don’t do that, don’t compare; you are a leader. Take back your power and get obsessed with your growth!
You desire to create sustainable change. It’s not enough to say I’m going to for the next 30 days, it’s not enough to have a season where I’m growing. It’s not enough to have a season where I’m doing the routines that matter. It is a matter of committing over the long haul to get obsessed about your growth. Because for people like you and me, growth is not optional. Growth is a requirement. In fact, if you want more freedom in your life and your time, your money, your relationships in fulfilling your purpose, you can’t get that freedom if you are not growing.
I bet many of you have heard the saying, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” That’s right. If you’re not growing, you’re dying. So how does growth happen?
Growth happens through what many call the compound effect.
What is the compound effect? It is not the easy button. It is an equation with three points to it:
- Small Choice
- Smart Choices
- Implemented Over TIME
It is not a BIG choice, not that you are going to read personal development books for four hours every day for the rest of your life… It is deciding that you are going to read 10 pages a day for the rest of the year. When you make smart choices, the right choices are implemented over time, do you know what you get??? YOU GET CHANGE! Drastic, Radical, Sustainable transformation in YOUR LIFE and that is what you want. That is enough for you to have the freedom, the life, the influence, and the impact that you desire to have.
The compound effect is so beautiful. If I gave you the option right now, you might have heard this: $3 million in a beautiful briefcase OR if you wait 30 days, I will give you a penny that doubles everyday for 30 days… Which one would you choose?
Obviously, I am setting you up. You think you want option one, but you really should pick option 2. Because the penny doubling every day by day 30 is $5,368,709.12! And that my friends is an excellent illustration of the compound effect.
See what happens is we often get impatient with growth and we want to grow short-term. We want the instant gratification in our growth; a growth sprint. Obsessing about your growth is not a sprint, it is a marathon that lasts a lifetime. If you want to be a John Maxwell, a Tony Robbins, or someone else you define as successful, THEY DIDN’T GET THERE OVERNIGHT! And they didn’t get there in a year, two years, five or ten years… it has taken a lifetime of obsessing about their growth, obsessing about making a difference. And so it is going to take a process!
5 Things YOU Can Do Today to Obsess About Your Growth
- Get Intentional About Learning
Make learning a habit. That means you need to read a book. There are so many books I have recommended to you in these blogs and I am going to continue to, because I have read them and they have impacted my life and my GROWTH! I look at my bookshelf and can see the growth! You have got to obsess about growth and make learning a habit.
If you think about it; we are always going, always producing, always making… Hey, meditation is growth. It is growth about the inside. It’s about being at peace. It is about being whole. It is about connecting with that higher power, God. because we’re always going right. I always quote Psalm 46:10, “Be Still and Know That I Am God” because I need that reminder. And while I sit in the still and I just breath in the lungs he gave me, I trust the process as His child.
I also recommend downloading Headspace, the app (they are not a sponsor and this is not an advertisement). This is just a real life recommendation.
- Daily Affirmations and Visualization
You have the power to create with your words. We have talked about mastering your state and that your words create meaning which creates motion and that equals life. YOUR WORDS HAVE POWER! When you speak every single morning over your life, things will change. I began doing this and at a higher level… and at 18 months, my business grew by 600%. WORDS have POWER!
Need a little help getting started with creating your affirmations? I have a free mini ebook. I’ll send it to you, follow me on FB (Mark T. Keene and DM me and I will get that sent your way!
This one habit has changed my life more than anything. I have stacks and stacks of journals in my office. This is the habit that creates space for me; self-awareness, my dreams, prayers, visions, and goal setting, and processing. It is the one tool that has shaped more than anything. I also recommend therapy, but this is a lot cheaper! On the inside pages of your journal, you can have clarity in your life, obsess about your growth.
- Start a Morning Routine
Get the books Miracle Morning or the 5AM Club, both of these books changed my life in different seasons. When you win the morning, you win the day. When you elevate your morning, you elevate your life…. get up and get your time to build you up before the rest of the day happens.
Don’t make these decisions for a week, make them for a lifetime.
Maybe you will pick one of these five things and say, “Hey, this is what I am going to do… this is going to be my starting point… I’m going to commit and see what happens…”
And YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE because there is greatness on the inside of you! Grow that greatness and go out there and give it to the world, because someone needs what’s on the inside of you!