Growth does not just happen. You have to make it happen. You have to make it happen with intention.
At the beginning of the year, I set some goals. One of the goals I have is to grow in my marketing skills along with my writing and speaking skills. I learned that no matter how good my ideas and insights are, if I do not know how to communicate them to people, it will be useless. No matter how good my books are, if I do not know how to package and present them to people who need it, it will be useless. No matter how good my talks and trainings are, if I am not getting on the right stages to speak and share them, it will be useless.
I had to begin with the intention to grow in these areas. Today, I say that I have grown and I know I am still a beginner in the area of marketing but I have started my journey. It started with the intention, followed by small repeated actions. I told myself, “I should learn more about this and this and this.” And so I read books and listened to the experts. Then whatever learning that I absorbed, I did my best to pick one idea and implement it. One more idea and implement it. One more idea and implement it. I know I still have a long, long way to go. But my friend, I have started to gain the benefits. As I do this, I am also bringing value to more people – to more book readers, to more audiences, to more training participants.
I believe you have goals, too. You want to grow in certain areas of your life. And you know that growth does not just happen by waiting for it to happen. You have to go for it.
Today, let me remind you revisit that intention. Let that intention to grow be reinvigorated. May you generate that burning desire once again in your heart to grow in that field you chose. As you do this, may you follow it through with the needed small repeated actions. Go and learn from those people who have grown in the area where you want to grow in. If there is a way to accelerate your growth, this is the way.
What were your growth goals this year? It’s almost the end of the year and another year is about to start. You may have gone slow in some areas of your growth process. But you do not have to leave it that way. Because every day is a chance to write your story of growth. Set that intention once again. And let that push you to do the required small repeated actions that will bring you to where you want to be, to where you want to go.
Let me repeat, be intentional with your growth!
(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, DTM is a communication and leadership trainer, inspirational speaker, and author of 4 books. He will be facilitating an intensive public speaking workshop entitled SPEAK 2.0 on December 8 Saturday 1-5pm at the Gestdan Centrum, Bokawkan Rd, Baguio City – near Mitsubishi and Pine Breeze Cottages. Walk In Rate is P850 but if you register now, it will be at P750 only. At the workshop, you will also receive a FREE copy of the book SPEAK: How to Craft and Deliver a Speech or Presentation w/ Competence & Confidence. Sign up now at http://bit.ly/SpeakBaguio or text your name and email address to 0945-761-6577.)