WHAT IS YOUR GROWTH PERSONALITY?
Have you ever heard this story?
“A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.
Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.
Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants.
Still, other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
This story is generally about truth, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding being placed in the lives of people who are characterized into four broad bands: Habitual, Stiff, Chokers and Growers
THE 4 GROWTH PERSONALITIES
Habitual people are those who trust in the established way of doing things. They will read an email, read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a video, or attend a conference to gain knowledge. However, they are so entrenched in their way of thinking, their established patterns of life and belief systems, that they have no room (or they fail to create it) for new ideas or thoughts to take root. As a consequence, they never seem to grow or become better than they have been.
Stiff people will also access the life and business transforming truths. They absorb the information and begin to implement, but without a proper foundation. The application of the information is superficial hence weak and temporary. Because of this, they are unable to build on it and soon, they fall back to the old ways and the information becomes redundant.
The chokers receive the information but there is so much going on in their lives or business that they are unable to implement the very details that would make them better. To them, there is no time to start changing or improving based on the new information. They safely save or file away the information for use ‘soon’. That time, unfortunately, never comes to be.
The growers are determined to have a better tomorrow for their personal lives and work or business. They have practices and patterns of thinking that allow them to plan for change and growth. Growers value their time and do what matters. They are willing to pay the price.
Other versions of the story have it that the seeds on the fertile soil multiplied differently. Some yielded thirty-fold, some sixty-fold, some a hundred-fold. This implies that while the information may be the same, there are different levels of multiplication.
Change and growth in life come through the acquisition and application of knowledge. At some point, learning should take a back seat so that you can apply. With this approach, you will begin to see positive results in your life or business.
Take time to evaluate your growth personality based on what you have achieved this year. (Download the review template)
Which one are you? Habitual, Stiff, Choker or Grower?
What steps are you willing to take towards growth?
If you are a grower, are you experiencing the highest levels of productivity?