My friend and DS colleague, Phil Stevenson, recently wrote the following blog, that I share with his permission.
George Zimmer was the founder and CEO of Men’s Wearhouse. When he was the face of the company his tagline was, “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.” His personal guarantee was his pledge and promise. And he sold a great deal of men’s clothing on that guarantee.
On a John Maxwell webinar, he noted that growth is the only guarantee that tomorrow will get better stating that, “Calendars guarantee you’ll get older, but not better,” Maxwell observed that older takes no effort, but better entails work. Growth is the responsibility of each person. You have to be intentional. Books (read and listened to), podcasts, seminars, and online training are just a few of the delivery systems that can be used. There is no lack of growth opportunity.
Growth equals change. It is impossible to grow without changing. Every growth level demands a new change level. Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who don’t. A person never ages out of growth. Growth is not time sensitive. You can choose to grow as long as you have breath.
Finally, Maxwell suggests a very simple growth process: 1) Learn: Ask, what do I need to learn? 2) Unlearn: This is just as important as learning. Some things you need to quit doing so you can move forward. 3) Relearn: The adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks may apply to Rover, but it has no place in your life.
Growth is a choice that leads to action, that leads to change, that leads to betterment. I guarantee it!