Saturday, July 14, 2012

5 Reasons Why People Don't Grow

There's a difference between getting older and growing up. Both are a process, but growth requires the ability to be introspective, self-evaluate, and strive for self-improvement - not easy things for people to do.

As a career and life coach, I spend a great deal of time talking to clients, students, and those that I mentor about growth to facilitate that process.

Over the years I've identified 5 primary reasons why people don't grow.

1. Lack of self-awareneness
You can't change what you don't acknowledge. Honest self-reflection is key.

2. Closed-mindedness
Fear and ignorance are at the root of closed-mindedness.

3. Environmental factors
Flowers can grow in many environments. So can people. But flowers, people, and brains flourish in enriched environments. Place yourself in environments that are conducive to your growth.

4. Circumstances
People who don't grow often view themselves as victims of circumstance. People who grow, do so because they choose to learn from the circumstances they are presented with.

5. Stunting associations
It's cliche, but birds of a feather do flock together. We all benefit - or suffer - from our associations with others. Choose the company of nutritious people who have a growth mindset to enrich your life and help you grow. 

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