11 Aug

Is Your Growth Plan Merely Activity based? Personal Growth Gaps & The 15 Laws of Growth

Is Your Growth Plan Merely Activity based? Personal Growth Gaps & The 15 Laws of Growth

From John Maxwell’s “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by Hachette Book Group Inc 2012:

You could list your accomplishments over the past few years and talk about how hard you work. You can outline your goals and explain what you do to reach and help more people. Answers all based on “ACTIVITY”, not on improving.
Do you really have a plan to get better?
Do you really have a plan for your personal growth and development?
If your answers match the above, it could reveal a major flaw in your approach to work and success.
When we start careers, we are intentional about working, reaching goals, and being successful. Most have a strategy which is plain hard work and hoping it will get us where we want to go. But working hard alone does not guarantee success and hope is not a strategy.
There are major growth gaps we have all faced and can overcome with a real growth plan that involves intentionality, focus and other vital principles.
Don’t let your 10 years experience be ten years repetition without real growth.
“The 15 Invaluable laws of Growth” is a really great read backed by over 50+ years of tested experience from John Maxwell.
Best-selling author, speaker and trainer of more than 5 million leaders worldwide. His book shares 8 major growth gaps and everything he has garnered about developing yourself so you have the best chance of becoming the person you were created to be. It discusses principles like:
1. The law of the mirror
You must see value in yourself to grow yourself.
The value we place on ourselves is usually the value others will place on us.
2. The Law of Awareness: You must know who you are to grow your potential.
But you have to grow to know who you are. The solution is to explore yourself as you grow yourself.
Begin by following your passions. Your passions will lead to growth and growth will lead back to your passions.
What if you follow a passion and fail? Well, what if you remain as you are for the next 10 years. You will fail and even worse hate yourself.
In the least, if you fail stretching in a direction, you know who you are not.
-The Law of Modeling: It’s hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow.
-The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be.
And more from this life manual on growth and development.

26 Feb

What Are Your 5 Swings? Welcome to the Yubi’s New Life Goals,Focus & Motivational Video Series

Your 5 Swings? Welcome to Yubi’s New Life Goals,Focus & Motivational Video Series

I’m really happy to announce the new launch of Yubi’s Life Goals,Focus & Motivational Video Series.

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      We’ll have a new 5-7 minute video up every month for you and there will be plenty of opportunities to win prizes,free resources and books with your comments and questions from my community page.

        29 Dec

        From Pit Stop to Fast Lane in 2015 with Ubong Ekpo

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        From Pit Stop to Fast Lane in 2015 with Ubong Ekpo

          Targets, goals, quotas, destinations, I’m all for them. Nothing gives meaning like purpose, the reason why and what you live for or the reasons do what you do every day. Without goals and targets, we have nothing to really focus on. There is no guarantee of any good results, no guarantee of growth and positive change.
          Change is inevitable but not all change is good. Good change leads to growth and arriving set goals or targets.
          To achieve that growth, we need to decide to do so on purpose, day-in and day-out, no exceptions. Some days you make more perceived progress more than others, but surely and repeatedly. This requires a plan and it all begins with how you manage every hour and every day.
          Your targets, goals, quotas, dreams and desires for 2015 and beyond begin from right now where you are. Not very many people are able to assess the gap between where they are right now and who, what or where they need to be around in order to close that gap. Your imagination can inspire a plan that connects your future with your present as a daily, even hourly plan.
          Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. Without imagination, you may not even know what knowledge you lack, who you can learn it from or what you need to learn. I heard an illustration from Mike Murdock of how the same pieces of metal could be bent into shape and used to produce cheap products that sold for $30 but in the hands of a person with imagination and a great idea, are used to make the springs within Swiss Watches that sold for thousands of dollars. Same raw material but some imagination converts the knowledge to something extremely valuable. What will your tomorrow look like? What will next year hold for you? Will you go on vacation next year? Will you certify next year? The questions you can first ask is where do I want to be tomorrow by what time? What do I want next year to look like or to experience? What do I dream to certify in?
          Once you answer that question, you will see that your imagination has gone into your future and brought that vision to your present and a plan is necessitated to realize it once you decide on it.
          Even after achieving or realizing your dreams, next year, your imagination will tell you what comes next and what plans need to be in place daily to make it happen.
          So in order to manage your day, you must have a vision for your day and the future of your daily actions. Once your imagination has captured your future into your present, a plan becomes much more potent and meaningful to you in the day-to-day tasks.
          I like what John Maxwell says about the greatest gaps in the world ,between successful and unsuccessful people, between their present and desired, imagined future. The thinking gap and the action gap.
          Successful people think differently, not better, maybe not even smarter, but differently.
          He says that every morning he looks at his schedule and asks :

          1. Who is the most important person Im going to see today?
          2. What is the most important event I’m going to be at and participate in?
          3. What are the most important tasks I need to do to fulfill critical goals?

            from pit stop to fast lane in 2015 by Ubong Ekpo

              This is how you maximize your day. He also talks about the power of reflection in the evenings, when he reflects and says : Okay, how did my day go? and I go through my whole hour by hour calendar.”
              John adds: “Because I know if we go through our day without thinking, we will go through our day without being successful and sowing the seeds that we need to reap the harvest that only a good mind can bring to us”

              In order to manage your life, you begin with managing your year.
              In order to manage your year, you begin with managing your day.
              In order to manage your day, you begin with managing each hour.
              In order to make the most of each hour of the day, you think out your day, year and life and come up with a focused plan.

              03 Oct

              5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders (and How Not to Be One) by Michael Hyatt

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                I read this great post from Michael Hyatt and decided to share it here:

                    Five traits of weak leadership we should avoid in leading others:

                    1. Hesitating to take definitive action.
                    2. Complaining about a lack of resources.
                    3. Refusing to take responsibility.
                    4. Abusing the privileges of leadership
                    5. Engaging in acts of insubordination.

                    5 Notable Characteristics of Weak Leaders (and How Not to Be One) indeed.
                    Of course, when we have leaders under other leaders or in a system which already displays these characteristics,there may be significant challenges. This is the reality of many leaders in countries or organizations where there have not been very clearly established goals,values,systems and poor development of people.
                    A balance has to be found and a decision made regarding a leader’s commitment to an establishment, it’s vision,values and strategic direction. Stay or go, leaders should lead by example and solid character. These make a true leader at any level and in any situation.
                    For more details, you can see his website here.