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How to Create Professional Growth - Nat Eliason

The Pace of Growth

Whether it’s emotional, philosophical, interpersonal, or professional growth, people are not growing at the same pace.

Some people move light years if you don't talk to them for a couple of months, and others have stayed more or less the same for 3, 4, 5 years or longer.

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The Pace of Growth

Whether it’s emotional, philosophical, interpersonal, or professional growth, people are not growing at the same pace.

Some people move light years if you don't talk to them for a couple of months, and others have stayed more or less the same for 3, 4, 5 years or longer.

Stay Challenged

By staying challenged you do not slip into the dangerous comfort zone. You can stay challenged by:

  • Doing anything that you don't know how to do.
  • Doing more than you have time for.

This makes your brain cells work in creative ways for you to figure out new things and how to incorporate them into your life.

Big Goals

If your goals are mediocre and small, you will slip into distractions and routine work. It's always better to have an audacious goal.

Find the right Mentor

Typical, run-of-the-mill bosses cannot be a good guide or teacher. You have to work towards finding your Mentor.

A CEO of a big company is not going to come and chat with you in your cubicle about how you can get to where they are now. It's your job to seek them out.

Friends Who Motivate

Spend time with friends who motivate you and bring out your best behavior and habits, rather than those who lull you into being mediocre and are just fun to have a drink with.

Read More

Nowadays TV shows, movies, and other media are more about quick action and fast engagement.

Pure reading, which requires world-building, time and patience is a lost art. To truly harness the power of reading, do not fill your mind with junk, but with quality books.

Harness your Willpower

It is very easy to slouch around and enjoy life, forgetting about your health and future, but it is your job to moderate yourself, use your willpower and minimize any indulgence that can harm you.

Taking breaks and relaxing should enhance our lives, not fracture it.

Fear of Failure

Fear holds us back. We don't ask for a raise in fear of losing our job. We don't have a tough conversation due to fear of conflict. The culprit is our fear of failure.

Once we get comfortable with failing, and use it as a learning experience, we can deal with life and grow exponentially.

Move On

A growth strategy that broadens our world is to just move on. We limit ourselves, in our small shell. We curb ourselves by doing one thing our entire lifetime. We need to move on and experience more of life. We need to quit what's holding us back and impeding our growth.

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Focus on the Process

The best athletes and entrepreneurs aren’t focused on being the best; they’re focused on constant self-improvement.

Concentrating on the process is best for both performance and mental health. It lifts off your shoulders a huge burden, so you can concentrate on the things you can control.

Stay Humble

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Life is best lived with purpose

Life is best lived with drive and clarity. Our goals provide us with a navigating compass, helping us decide where to put our precious resources like time and money.

Shaping Your Life Plan

Having a life plan makes one get past the distractions and focus on what matters.Set aside an hour to do this planning exercise:

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  • List 2: Ask yourself ‘How would I want to spend the next five years?’ and note down the unbiased non-judgemental answer that comes in your mind.
  • List 3: Ask yourself ‘If I was to die in six months, how would I spend the time I have?’
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Drafting A Mission Statement

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Sabotaging yourself

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Prioritize one-time behaviors that reduce stress

Streamline your workflow so you can get simple things done without significant willpower.

For example, instead of having a container for pens and scissors in only one room of the house, have these in three different rooms to ensure better tidying.

Strategies like these save time and, more importantly, help free you up mentally.

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Gratitude is intended to change three things: your past, your present, your future. 

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Live in the gain

Stop focusing on what's missing from your life. And rather than measuring yourself against your ideals, measure yourself against where you were before.

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Developing our strengths

Although we usually see our weaknesses as more changeable than our strengths, research shows that we should not focus on improving our weak parts, but to develop our strengths.

Identifying strengths

Try to see your strengths in relation to what energizes you. Something is a strength if: 

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Make Them Urgent

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Make Them Personal

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You get to know yourself

When you're by yourself, you make choices without outside influences. Making choices on your own will help you develop better insight into who you are as a person.

Improve your relationships

Spending time with friends, family and colleagues contributes to a "we vs. them" mentality. 

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Solitude boosts creativity and productivity

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In addition to boosting creativity, solitude also skyrockets productivity

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