“The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.”
~John Maxwell

I’ve shared a quote from one of my favorite clients – “You have to tell people what you want them to know about you.” Well, I think one of the things you have to tell them is how serious you are about your growth, and you can only do that if you truly are serious about your growth – in your actions not your words.

Every business leader I know is looking for the “next” – the next success, the next idea, and the next big promotion. If you want to be considered in that list of nexts, then it is your responsibility to take charge of your growth and development. What skills do you need in your next position, and the one after that? What does your boss (and your boss’s boss) know that you don’t know…and how can you learn it? It is your responsibility to figure out where you’re strong – so you can build on your strengths – and where you’re not, so that you can develop. And it is your responsibility to go out there and do what is required to get where you want to be.

I’ve watched clients and colleagues sit back and wait for growth to happen to them, or get too caught up in daily urgencies to spend any time on moving towards their future – and I’ve watched their futures start to pass them by. I’ve witnessed others who determine their next steps for growth and go out and make them happen. The funny thing is, while they don’t always get where they think they want to go, they always do move forward. When they’re serious about their growth, others notice and things happen.

Get serious.

Where can you be more serious about your growth?
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