All other core areas of growth are built on personal growth. You could say that all growth is personal. The vast majority of people have more personal power than they realize.
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Personal growth is to gain knowledge that helps you make better choices and create meaning in life. I prefer to call it self-leadership.
Our future self is depending on our present self to develop opportunities. The truth about opportunity is that our abilities are natural opportunities, and when we gain knowledge and develop our abilities it attracts more human made opportunities.
There are only three ways to gain knowledge; Personal experience with trial and error over the years; Thinking about important topics or thinking through personal experience options; Deliberately seeking knowledge from others personally or virtually. Don't skip the list of the best personal growth books below.
While all growth processes involve the same discover, design, and deliver structure, they are all based on personal growth. The three levels of personal growth are the discipline of self, the art of fulfillment, and the science of achievement.
The Opportunity System for Personal Growth (based on my book Opportunity Truth)
Foundation of strength (personal foundation): This includes developing our identity, mindset, emotional fitness, and physical health. Our identity includes our background, worldview, character, and personality. The best mindset for anything you desire to do, is a positive growth mindset.
Art of purpose (personal purpose): This can be found in three areas, what we have faith and hope in, relationships, and engaging our strengths or our competence. This is how we create meaning in life, which helps us feel fulfilled. Purpose is a deeper level of meaning and is rooted in one or more of our faith, work, or relationships. Purpose is based on how we apply our uniqueness to the world.
Science of momentum (personal achievement): This is best built on a strong personal foundation with a sense of direction with purpose. Momentum is continuous achievements that respect the principles of goals, habits, commitment, and investments. Compound interest isn't just for money, it also applies to knowledge, health, and relationships.
While many people claim time is our most valuable resource, I feel that knowledge is our most valuable resource. Knowledge (specifically truth) is how we respect our time and make the most of it. Gain knowledge. Live better.
The more we develop our natural top 10 opportunities, the more fulfilled we feel, the more meaning we create in life, and the more momentum we build.
I believe we have two categories of opportunities, natural and human made. Most people focus on human made opportunities, but, it is our natural opportunities that have the biggest impact on our lives, and attract human made opportunities. Our top 10 opportunities are...
Any deliberate self-improvement is good; however, to maximize the best use of your time, mind, and emotions, designing a plan to reach your goals can be priceless. Having a plan helps create self-accountability and scheduling the tasks of a plan is proven to help follow through on them.
You can download and use the one-page pdf below or create your own one-page plan by making a note of your identity or worldview, top three decision guiding values, top strengths, and record a short affirmation of who you are and how you want to show up in life to others.
Then record your top 1-4 goals with the number one lead measure or the most important action or habit that will help you achieve the goal (and consider scheduling them).
Then record your most important relationships and maybe have a specific day and time you reach out and connect with them.
Consider having a section of continued learning where you list what areas you want to learn about and the resources (books you will read or the websites or podcasts you will frequent for such learning).
Then consider finishing your personal growth plan with what you are grateful for. Then consider reading it daily, every morning to help with affirmations and visualization.
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod provides six proven practices that help most people get their day started well including Silence (meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (journalling) which spells the acronym SAVERS. Set your intentions the night before, put the alarm across the room and sleep in your workout clothes if it helps. Earn your morning shower (Hal Elrod).
This is a computer fillable template, that can help you plan your growth. Free from AnewTrek.
Foundation of Strength
Identity: Making Sense of Your World by W. Gary Phillips, William E. Brown, and John Stonestreet, Human Nature by Robert Greene, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets by Andy Stanley, Sons and Daughters by Brady Boyd, Presence by Amy Cuddy, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, and Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven
Mind: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker, Think Again by Adam Grant, Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen, MD, 30 Days to a Better Brain by Richard Carmona, MD, Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath, and Soundtracks by Jon Acuff .
Body: The Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert, MD, UnDo It! by Dean Ornish, MD, and Anne Ornish, The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Thomas M. Campbell II, MD, Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD, How Not to Die, and How Not to Diet, both by Michael Greger, MD, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD, Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes, Stay Off My Operating Table by Philip Ovadia, MD, The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, D.Min., Daniel Amen, MD, and Mark Hyman, MD, The Pleasure Trap by Douglas J. Lisle, PhD., and Alan Goldhamer, DC, Metabolical by Robert H. Lustig, MD, The Pegan Diet by Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Colbert's Keto Zone Diet by Don Colbert, MD, Why We Get Sick by Benjamin Bikman, PhD, Lifespan by David A. Sinclair, PhD., The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jason Fung, MD, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC., Life Force by Tony Robbins, Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick by Gene Stone, and Never Binge Again by Glenn Livingston PhD.
Art of Purpose
Faith: Books and documents supporting of your personal supernatural faith, and books or documents which strengthens your faith in your community, industry, and society. To help strengthen your natural faith in your society, consider books or documents on how your government works (federal, state, and local), because, often times our personal knowledge of how our government works can be very helpful. Helpful books on the Christian faith include the Bible, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters, both by C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christ, and The Case for Fatih, both by Lee Strobel, Epic and Wild at Heart, both by John Eldredge, Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren,
Strengths: Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport, Linchpin by Seth Godin, The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni, Limitless by Jim Kwik, Mastery by Robert Greene, Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler, Principles by Ray Dalio, Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima, Greenlights by Matthew McConaughy, and Range by David Epstein.
Relationships: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro, Real Relationships by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey, Crucal Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler, The Conversationalist by Russell Verhey, The Narrative Gym by Randy Olson, Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss, Verbal Judo by George Thompson, PhD, Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards, Sizing People Up by Robin Dreeke, How to Avoid Falling in Love With a Jerk by John Van Epp, PhD, Save Your Marriage Before it Starts by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman PhD, The Love Prescription by John Gottman, PhD and Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD, Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud, The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath, Give and Take, and Originals, both by Adam Grant, Influence by Robert Cialdini, PhD, and Why We Snap by R. Douglas Fields, PhD.
Science of Achievement
Goals: Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt, Goals by Brian Tracy, Finish by Jon Acuff, Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, The Dip by Seth Godin, Over the Top by Zig Ziglar, and The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday.
Productivity: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, Atomic Habits by James Clear, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, Indistractable by Nir Eyal, Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt, Getting Things Done by David Allen, Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, and Power by Robert Greene.
Grit: Grit by Angela Duckworth, Switch, and Decisive, both by Chip and Dan Heath, Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein, Upstream by Dan Heath, Choose to Win by Tom Ziglar, Willpower Doesn't Work by Benjamin Hardy, and The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, PhD.
Investing: Study Less, Study Smart by Marty Lobdell, Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, A Short Guide to a Long Life by David B. Agus, MD, The Total Money Makeover, and Baby Steps Millionaires by Dave Ramsey, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me by Richard Paul Evans, Money Master the Game, and Unshakeable both by Tony Robbins, The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind both by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD,
Personal growth is the foundation for professional growth.
The Tony Robbins Podcast, Impact Theory, The Jordan Harbinger Show, The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, The School ofTim Ferriss, Greatness, The Ed Mylett Show, The Rachel Hollis Podcast, Self-Helpful, Huberman Lab, The Mindvalley Show, Optimal Living Daily, True Life, Mind Pump Show, Here to Thrive, Actualized, Inspire Nation, and The Hardcore Self Help Podcast, Brutal Iron, Garage Gym Athlete
TED talks, Be Inspired, School of Life, Big Think, Tom Bilyeu, Jordan B. Peterson, Andrew Huberman, Mindvalley, Talks at Google, Lewis Howes, Ed Mylett, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Mind Pump, Team Fearless, Improvement Pill
There are more than 200 success principles and many books written on just one principle. Opportunity Truth reveals the system to develop opportunity based on the most important truths and principles. The more community leaders, teachers, influencers, and parents can teach these to their people and kids the better all our lives will be.
The book is a new look at self-leadership with a 3 level system and 10 keys. It includes priceless personal growth strategies, professional growth strategies, leadership growth strategies, and business growth strategies (including innovation).
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