'Growth Thrives in Conducive Environments'. John C. Maxwell
Have you ever felt that no matter what you do, you just aren't good enough?
Do you sometimes question whether or not you have any skills or abilities to offer to the world?
Feeling unsure about ourselves and doubting whether or not we can add value to the world is more common than you may think. Self confidence is a real struggle for many professionals.
What I have discovered about personal growth is, it is difficult to move upward when your environment or surroundings pull you down.
Yes, being internally motivated is important yet there is still something to be said about the company that we keep.
Not only are our social contacts influential in how successful we ultimately become, but many times our work environments can actually slow down our progress.
In the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John C. Maxwell shares that to growth thrives in conducive environments.
If you are surrounded by people who are growth oriented and are in environments that enable you to work to your strengths, you stand a greater chance of excelling in whatever you choose to do.
Here are 3 quick ways to tell if your environment is for the birds, and it's time for you to take flight...
1. Everyone around you seems to be going NOWHERE FAST! This is a good sign that, if you are in fact focused on growth, you should strap up your sneakers and run for the border.
2. You feel stunted or imprisoned when you are at work and you can't figure out why. A quote I read along time ago said this "Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."
If you are in a toxic environment or are not able to do work that is meaningful to you, you may be that little fish trying to climb the tree.
Find your strength zone and work in it. If your work environment leaves you feeling confused or lacking, it may be time to assess if you are in the right place.
3. You lose interest in the conversations and activities that you used to get excited about. There could be many reasons why we lose interest in the things we used to like, but chances are if the environment that we are in leaves us constantly feeling bad, bored, sad or worse confused...it's probably time to check out.
Have you ever felt that your environment was keeping you back? Was it the people or the places? What did you do to make your environment work for you or did you just exit all together?
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