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4 Ways to Supercharge Your Growth

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We never stand still. We are either progressing or going backwards. Growth is hardwired into our every being and it is a clear sign of health. Life moves toward growth or toward death. Healthy things grow though some seem to grow faster than others. Success is never attained without constant growth.

Oftentimes, many actions that we subconsciously choose, move us in the opposite direction of growth and toward death; even if it is just a spiritual one. We settle for safety and the known world over a vibrant and growing life. We must fight this safety instinct and move aggressively toward growth. The faster you grow, the faster you reach the next level.

You must grow and change and these four tips will accelerate the growth process:

1. Get uncomfortable

We have a habit to gravitate toward comfort and avoid the uncomfortable and the unknown. This is the opposite of growth. We must embrace the awkward and head into the wide open spaces of adventure and discomfort. Only here do we grow. We must constantly push the envelope when we find ourselves in comfort. We must move and take a step out in adventure.

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps

2. Have many mentors

We must surround ourselves with many high achievers that we are uncomfortably vulnerable with in defeat; mentors who we can trust with communicating the deepest parts of ourselves. Only when we share where we really are with people who can help, can we supercharge our growth.  We all need many mentors that have specialties and strengths in different areas. Build a team of many mentors to supercharge your growth.

3. Fail more often

I hate to fail. However, failing often and learning from it is the way we grow. We must try and then learn and try again. Falling down, but getting back up with every attempt, time after time. We don’t have to be perfect to start, however, we do have to start and move toward perfection. Excellence is not attainable without repetitive action toward a new skill. Fail and fail often to move toward a higher level of a growth curve.

“Just start. Start now. Fail often. Enjoy the ride.” – Seth Godin

4. Look for instant feedback

Building on instant feedback into everything you do will accelerate your growth trajectory. As an entrepreneur I tend to close myself off and do things my way. However, as I have added a team around me to point out areas I have done well and areas I need to come up in, I have grown more than any other point on my journey. Build feedback into your talks, writing, meetings, and any other task. People that speak into your blind spot will pour gasoline on the fire of growth. Build instant feedback to step up your growth.

Growth often doesn’t feel good, but it is the best thing for you. Move past your fears and insecurities by building on mentors, instant feedback, and being comfortable in the uncomfortable of failure. Only growth will move you beyond the comfortable and out on the waves of the unknown. Never settle and become comfortable in the journey of growth. Be blessed on your never ending journey.

How are you growing every single day? Please leave your thoughts below!

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Zechariah Newman builds businesses, runs marathons, and lives life with my wonderful family in southern Oregon. You can see my writing in places like Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Mind Body Green, and the Good Men Project. My goal is to help you build your business while keeping a balanced and fulfilled life. You can visit his website: zechariahnewman.com and follow him on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZechariahNewman

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  1. Alok

    Apr 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Yes it is right we need to challenge our self and be ready for any situation to get extra ordinary from us.

  2. Vishal Mahour

    Apr 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Hey thanks for sharing that article. It’s inspiring me.

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How to Protect Yourself From Other People’s Negativity

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When I was a kid, it seemed like I felt pain more than anyone else around me. Not just physical pain, but emotional pain. I cried easily, over many things. I had an especially hard time when people were fighting around me, and I didn’t even have to be involved. I could feel the negative energy and felt upset and overwhelmed. I didn’t have a constructive way of handling it. (more…)

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We all have a God-given destiny to fulfill that we were each born with. I personally believe it is buried deep down within us. The number one secret to success is to let it emerge out of you and release it to the world. What is my destiny you may ask? It is the thing you would regret not doing before leaving Planet Earth. (more…)

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

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Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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Has this ever happened to you? You had an assignment, and the deadline was far away. You didn’t work on it much, but in the back of your mind, that insistent little voice was always whispering, “I gotta get this assignment done.” (more…)

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