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What’s Your Personal Growth Plan? (Growth Doesn’t Just Happen)

What is your Personal Growth Plan?

Beloved, do you have a plan for your personal growth? 

When I asked myself this question, I immediately thought of all my goals for the next year. Things I want to accomplish. Things that are action based. Not improvement based.

Like many of my readers, I’m hard working and driven. 

Goal orientated and achievement focused. 

I am not afraid to work hard. In fact, I take pride in it. 

Many of you, my beloved readers, are like me. I know that I attract a lot of readers who are hardworking, driven and disciplined. Who desire to grow as leaders, expand in business, career and ministry. Most of you have a well thought out plan and goals. Perhaps, like me, you assumed personal growth would inevitably occur along the way. By working hard to accomplish our goals this would naturally just happen. Right?

Reading John Maxwell’s book ’15 Invaluable Laws of Growth’ has stopped me dead in my tracks. He says that: 

“Working hard is not a guarantee of success”

When John Maxwell, perhaps the most renowned leader of our present day whose books, all 82 of them have sold millions across the world, says such things as this, one has no choice but to stop and pay attention.   


He asks these questions:

  • How do you get better at what you do?
  • How do you improve your relationships?
  • How do you gain more depth and wisdom as a person?
  • How do you gain insight? Overcome obstacles?
  • Do you work harder, longer and just wait for it to happen? 

John Maxwell is adamant that success doesn’t just come to those who pour themselves into their career, goals, or ministry. 


The Key is Personal Growth

John Maxwell believes that if you focus on your goals, while you may hit your goals, this does not guarantee growth. 

However if you focus on growth, you will grow and always hit your goals.

Perhaps I have been going about this completely the wrong way! While I have a very specific plan to reach my goals, I just assumed personal growth would happen as I worked towards my goals. I have got it all wrong! Instead I need to have an intentional Personal Growth Plan. If I do this than I will inevitably hit my goals. As Maxwell puts it:

“If you have a Personal Growth Plan you will always hit your goal.”

James Allen said this: “People are anxious to improve their circumstances but unwilling to improve themselves therefore they remain bound.”

Oh beloved, I see such a huge gap in who I am today and who I want to be. Who I need to be to achieve my goals. To fulfil my destiny.

How Did I Miss This?


Gaps and Questions

John Maxwell highlights some gaps and questions, which stop people from having a Personal Growth Plan. These are summarised from his book, 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. Perhaps you can identify with some, or like me, all of them.

  • 1. I assumed I would automatically grow. 

John says: “As children we automatically grow physically and mentally. We assume this happens in adulthood when we automatically physically, mentally and spiritually grow. However, we don’t improve by simply living, we have to be intentional! No one improves by accident. Once formal education is over, one has to take ownership of their own growth. If you want to improve you have to improve yourself.”

  • 2. I don’t know how to personally grow. 

John suggests: “Ask people around you what their growth plan is? I bet most people will not have a clear answer. Most of us want to grow, we just don’t know how. Many of us learn how to grow the hard way. By the School of knock. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. What if we are able to plan this intentionally? We decide how we need or want to grow, choose how and what we want to learn, and follow through with discipline and a plan. If we are intentional about what we want, the world will respond with clarity.”

  • 3. It is not the right time to begin. 

John believes: “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the lower the odds that you will actually do it.  “What great accomplishments we would have in the world if everyone had done what they had intended to do.”( Frank Clark). If you are not intentionally growing, you need to start today.” 

  • 4. I am afraid of making mistakes. 

John admits: “Growing can make you look foolish. But that is the price if you want to improve. IF you want to grow you have to get over the fear of making mistakes.”

  • 5. I have to find the best way before I start. 

John insists: “You have to get started before you are able to find the best way. If you want to find the perfect plan you have to get moving.”

  • 6. I don’t feel like doing it. 

John warns: “Motivation will not strike you like lighting. It can not be imparted. Forget motivation. Just do it. When you are actively engaged in doing something, it is only then you get motivated.” 

“You are more likely to act yourself in feeling, then feel yourself into action.” Jerome Bruner Harvard Psychologist. 

So act! Whatever it is that you need to do, then do it! Make this commitment to doing this for 12 months. You will fall in love with it and never look back.

  • 7. Others are better than I am.

John ensures: “You can learn only if others are ahead of you. By getting over the comparison gap, we can get comfortable being out of our comfort zone, be people more advanced than us and learn from them. Then we are positioning ourselves to grow.” 

  • 8. I thought it would be easier than this.

John reveals: “Success is never easy. Preparation (which is growth), plus, attitude, plus opportunity, plus action equals luck.” 

It all starts with preparation which takes time. 

Jim Rome said, “while you cannot change your destination overnight you can change your direction.” 

“If you want to reach your goals and fulfil your potential, become intentional about Personal Growth. It will change your life” John Maxwell


I cannot wait to start

Maxwell says the sooner you start the better.

Why? 

“Because growth accelerates and compounds once you become intentional about it.” – Maxwell

How am I going to do this? Honestly I am not sure yet. One thing I am not going to do is put it off till later. My Personal Growth Plan starts today.

And I am going to learn how by reading this life changing book.  

The 15 invaluable Laws of Growth.

I got mine on audible to begin with, but then I fully intend to get the hard copy and pour over that as well. I just couldn’t wait for the time for it to be mailed to me.

Many of you are driven, goal oriented people. Many of you are leaders or aspiring leaders. Have you, like me, failed to be intentional about your own personal growth? What is your Personal Growth Plan? Have you thought about it?

Leave your comments below. 

You are deeply loved and richly cherished,

Christine Greenwood

Reign in life


Wink. Most of this content was summarised from chapter one of the books, 15 laws of Invaluable Growth. And that wasn’t even all of it. There is so much gold, I honestly wanted to  start crying at the depth of wisdom that is available to us at the click of a button. Don’t delay my beloved. I cannot make a joke out of this.

P.S. You may wonder how I came about reading this book. John Maxwell was being interviewed by Rachel Hollis. She asked him out of the 82 books he had written what were the top ones he could recommend. He recommended this one. He said leader after leader told him their lives changed after reading it. I have a feeling I am going to be another victim of a life changed once I finish. 

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