Yesterday when I was checking in for my flight I noticed a sign that said, ‘Growth requires nurturing.’ What an amazing statement. I immediately found myself applying this to my own growth as a wife, parent, teacher, leader – all the various hats I wear. But it’s absolutely true – growth does require nurturing. And nurturing doesn’t happen by accident. You’ve got to be intentional about it.
As I said last week (you can check the post out here), I believe in personal growth. And people often ask me what I do to grow personally. How do I nurture my own personal growth?
Here’s 5 things I do to grow personally:
I take time almost every day to read. I do it in a variety of ways. Everything from the old fashioned paper books to reading using the Kindle app on my phone.
- books – old fashioned paper or get everything you need on Kindle.
- blogs – subscribe to ones you love. I use Feedly. Here’s my favourite – Michael Hyatt
- articles – search online for articles about topics you’re interested in
Use your ears and your eyes to grow and develop. I love watching helpful videos amongst other things.
- YouTube – has a wealth of resource on any topic.
- TeacherTube – this is YouTube for teachers – great stuff.
- TED – oh my goodness this site is amazing. Experts in every possible field you could think of sharing their thoughts and insight and wisdom. An absolute must – check this one out for sure.
Use your ears and use them regularly. Make time in time.
- podcasts – as you may know I’ve launched a new podcast (subscribe here) and if you don’t know anything about podcasts, ready my brief outline here. My favourite podcast is This Is Your Life by Michael Hyatt. Well worth checking out.
- audio books – e.g. audiobooks.com or Audible.
- others – be observant and learn from them
Physically go to places and events to meet new people and learn new things. These include:
- TeachMeets (If you don’t know what a TeachMeet is, click here)
- Professional Development days
- staff meetings
Share what you’re learning to make it stick even more.
- on social media
- with your friends
- over coffee/dinner
- with your colleagues
6. Remain curious at all times.
I am a big fan of being curious, of choosing curiosity over judgment. Adopt a curious attitude wherever you go. Every conversation. Every interaction, every situation represents an opportunity for you to learn and grow.
This week’s assignment:
Which one of these 6 things can you make an immediate change in? What specifically can you do this week to grow personally? Choose one thing and do it.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.
QUESTION: What are your favourite ways to grow personally? You can leave your comments here.