Sunday, October 27, 2013

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth - John C Maxwell

Dear friends, this insightful book by John Maxwell explains principles that ought to be attained in order to grow in every area. Here are highlights of the book; I hope you will be blessed.

1 - The law of Intentionality - personal growth is intentional; you have to grow on purpose, not by accident. The more we spend time with God, the more we are changed and grow spiritually. All the other laws below will not work without the law of intentionality.

2 - The law of awareness - you must know yourself in order to be able to grow. You must know what your strengths and your gifts are in order to build upon them. Similarly, be aware of your passion and gift and strive to grow your strengths. Be disciplined and have right attitude.

3 - The law of the mirror - you must see value in yourself to add value to yourself. You have to think well of yourself to do well in life. That's why it is so important that you find your strengths.

4 - The law of reflection - Learning to pause and reflect allows growth to catch up with you. Reflection turns experience into insights. Evaluate your experience and grow out of your experience.

5 - The law of consistency - motivation gets you going, but it is discipline that keeps you growing. John defines discipline as the bridge between where you are and where you want to be.

6 - The law of environment – John said that in five years, you will be the product of the people you are associated with and the books you read. John's definition for "providing a positive environment" is being around somebody that lifts you rather than being with somebody who sucks life out of you.

7 - The law of design - John
emphasised the importance of "strategic growth", which he defined as growth in your area of strengths and giftedness.

8 - The law of pain - good management of bad experiences leads to great growth. Bad experiences happen to all of us; it always depends what we learn and make out of them. "Some days you win, and some days you learn..."

9 - The law of the ladder - character growth determines the height of your personal growth. You need a solid foundation to build something great. This foundation is your character.

10 - The law of the rubber band - growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be. Your desire to grow is the tension of your rubber band.

11 - The law of trade-offs - you have to give up in order to go up. Growth is a continuous series of trade-offs. The higher you grow in life the bigger your give-ups.

12 - The law of curiosity - growth is stimulated by asking why. Only when you ask questions, you will learn something. So be aware: if you give answers, you learn nothing. Only if you ask questions, you learn something.

13 - The law of modeling - it is hard to improve when you have no one than yourself to follow. People do what people see. Therefore, it is important to have role models around you.

14 - The law of expansion - growth always increases your capacity. People who are growing are excited about what they are learning and where they are going. People differ in their natural abilities but it is continued effort that makes abilities blossom.
15 The law of contribution - developing yourself enables you to develop others. John recommended that just when you learn something, then you should do the teaching. That's when you have passion.