Everybody has goals and aspirations, but how we approach them can often have a big impact on the result of our personal development. I have been following my passion for writing, speaking, and coaching on leadership and looking to help create more inspirational leaders because I believe that inspiring leaders can help make the world a better place.
I have been successful in gaining recognition and positive feedback on what I have done so far, but there was one time when I felt that I had hit a ceiling.
I wanted to take it to the next level, and I had been trying to do that, and it had been tough going.
I attended an Emerging Leaders Conference, and one of the comments that really struck a chord with me was that when it comes to personal development, if you’re the smartest person in the room, then you need to find another room.
Now, whilst it would be arrogant and incorrect to suggest I am the smartest person in the room, it was also mentioned that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with, and again, this struck a chord with me.
If my goal was to play a bigger game, to have more of an impact, then I need to be associating with new people, as well as my current friends, new people who play a bigger game themselves. People who will ask me different questions, challenge me differently than I have been challenged before.
If we want to grow, personally or professionally, then we have to give ourselves the right stimuli, and if what we have been doing isn’t giving us the results we want, then we need to change our approach. We need to up our game and find ways to challenge ourselves, we are all capable of so much more; it’s just a matter of finding out how to unleash it.
There are very few guarantees in life, but for sure, if you always do things the way you have always done them, then you will always get the same results.
Many of us fear change, but good change should be embraced; it’s that which will take us to the next level in our personal development.
So if you’re looking to significantly raise your game, then look at the room that you are in and ask whether everyone in the room is smarter than you, and if the answer is no, then you need to find another room because you’re limiting your growth.
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