Recently, I started growing a hops plant. Its been something I’ve wanted to do since picking some hops (“some” being alllooootttt of them!) a little while ago. Not really knowing what to do, I had to do some research and source the necessary things, especially the Rhizome. So far things are going well, the recent rain has ensured its adequately watered, although I now worry that the conditions aren.t right, and it is getting the sunlight it needs to really start shooting up.
Now, the hops plant is too young and I’m too new into the process to talk about it for now, so I thought I’d talk about your growth instead.
Your growth in all areas of your life are critical to your prosperity. If you look at people from all walks of life and all ages, those who prosper have a growth mindset. They continue to learn and experience new things and continue to develop themselves.
One of the hardest things about anyone’s growth is getting started. We all see people who are much further along than we are and are kicking goals, felt, right and centre. We then start to compare where we are and where they are, and it all starts to be a little overwhelming.
So, I’m going to share a few things that I’ve learnt over the years as I have grown.
Don’t be afraid to start from scratch.
Only in the last couple of weeks have I decided to start playing the guitar again. This has led me to start learning to play from the very beginning. If you’re going to take shortcuts, you’ll only end up with half (or no) result at the end.
In order to grow we have to be comfortable starting from the very beginning on something. And, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Everyone has had to start from the beginning, and while you may not see it now, they wouldn’t have had to opportunity to take a shortcut. And I bet if you asked them, they wouldn’t do it any other way.
Learn the hard lessons.
As you grow, you’re going to learn some hard lessons. Some of these lessons will be learnt through failure, others from exposing your ego. But the way you learn your lessons isn’t as important as what you learn.
Some of the lessons you wont like very much, some you will regret. Too bad, you need to learn them, so it’s a matter of suck it princess and get on with it.
Actions speak louder than words.
Until you take action, everything you’ve said is just words. The only truth comes from your actions, so get to work. You can talk about shit later, but for now its head down, bum up and keeping that nose to the grindstone.
All actions should have an intent and have some sort of measure. For example: if you’ve committed to expanding your knowledge through reading, then read 10 pages every day.
What is measured…
Continuing from my last comment around reading 10 pages every day. If you measure your output from your actions, then you’ll be able to monitor progress.
Having a weekly planner or schedule will help this along.
Simply, measure everything. If your trying to lose weight, then measure how many calories your eating and how many calories your burning through exercise.
Make it a habit.
Yes, habits can be good and there’s no better habit than growth and self-development.
The easiest way to make something habit is do it every day, without fail. And you’ll find that after about 3 weeks, then you’ll have a new habit.
Hooray for habits!
Moving on to what’s next.
There will be times when you will have learnt pretty much at there is to learn about a particular thing and all that’s left is time and experience.
It’s at this time that you should start to work on the next part of your growth. Pick you next target and start moving towards it. Don’t wait too long or you’ll risk breaking the habit.
So, there you go.
A few, really simple things that can get you started on the growth path.
I’ll cover (or have covered) all of these things in greater detail in other blog posts. It’s up to you to find them, I’m going to do the work for you.
I’ll close with this; your growth is going to take considerable work. At times you’ll feel that nothing is working and your seeing no change. Don’t be afraid to try different things, use different methods and experiment (only if its safe and legal kiddo’s!). Everything that anyone else has to say about achieving sustainable growth is speaking from their own experiences, take it only as a guide.
Do these things and you’ll be able to keep growing.
‘til next time….. Cheers!