There’s no lack of “growth mindset” articles and quotes out there. Challenge is…
After you “get it,” how do you “do it?”
Making road for growth is about finding your own groove, so you can set YOUR stage that allows exploration and experimentation.
1. Learn Something Different
To write good copy, to be good at marketing and to excel in business, you need to know how people operate. At the end of the day, it’s PEOPLE who buy your stuff.
If niche is a way for us to define our place in the world, then wrapping our head around HUMANITY gives us the fundamental building blocks.
Learn from high performers; learn about economics, sociology, psychology; read stories that explore emotions and imagination. These are the input for understanding the world around us.
Look around, be curious, step out of tunnel vision and give you brain food for thoughts.
2. Connect Your Story With the Big Picture
Road doesn’t always “appear” on its own. It’s there… but you gotta get your butt over “there” to see it.
The world that allows you to do your best work and gives you the dream clients IS there. You’ve to CONNECT yourself to it – find your place in it – before the inevitable next step appears under your nose.
Craft your world by telling your story intentionally from the perspective of creating meaning.
Why do you matter to what and who matters to you? Your value and convictions inform and connect YOU with what you do and how you do it.
This is an intentional creation of your story. It’s not a laundry list of your credentials, nor is it a self-gratuitous way to tell your life story.
When you can speak to a larger context in your story, YOUR road will open up.
3. Just Say Yes
To get your butt over to where the road is, you gotta do something. You gotta be in it to win it.
Instead of sitting on your bum, over-engineering and over-analyzing every move, just say YES to opportunities that’ll take you one step closer.
Often times we just need a push, a little momentum, to help us find the rhythm and speed.
It’s different from “throwing spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks” by blindly implementing tactics others say you “should” do.
You need a certain degree of clarity and the discipline of discernment, to understand if saying Yes to a project means taking you closer to where you want to be.
4. Pick the Right Tools and Resources
You need to choose the tools that give room for you to grow in the direction you want. You don’t want to feel hindered by what you can or can’t do because of technology.
Technology should not be a determining or limiting factor in how you express your message and deliver your services.
There’s also a flip side we need to be aware of…
Unfortunately many people tend to purchase too many tools and services, out of FOMO and under the impression that these tools will give them the silver bullet.
There’s a delicate balance between getting a service that allows you room to grow, vs. having unnecessary features and functionalities that cause overwhelm and confusion.
Instead of taking the most straightforward path to get things done, I’ve seen many running around in circles because they let the tools they’ve purchased drive their strategies.
Don’t let FOMO drive you into buying a bunch of tools, services and subscriptions you don’t need in the foreseeable future.
(You’ll much more likely to forget about it than “get to it.”)
Everything is evolving, including your business and technology. You don’t need to be sitting on obsolete stuff that distracts you from doing what really matters.
5. Go Outside, Get Some Air
Seriously. Pump some oxygen into your brain.
History’s most creative and impactful figures often say their best ideas come when they take walks in nature. Studies have shown that when people are put in “expansive” spaces (spacious, high ceiling, open) they tend to be more creative.
Stop equating checking stuff off the list with being productive. Instead, be creative and do what matters.