A new approach to achieving success! Schedule a session with Dr. Nicole LaBeach and receive the insight to assist you on your path to fulfillment! CEO of Volition Enterprises, Inc., the premiere personal and professional development firm, Dr. Nicole champions the success of her clients in ways that many have said set her apart. Her genuine appetite for positive change positions you to succeed in your career, relationships, and life experiences. Dedicated to the empowerment of the human spirit, leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as recognizable personalities have all benefited from her unique approach to obtaining success.
Embrace Life’s Invitation to Grow!
I once heard someone say, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” Wow, that’s a slap into reality! I mean it’s true isn’t it? Whether we accept or reject it, life’s true goal is growth – the ultimate opportunity in a living package. So, maybe the statement is not a morbid gut check after all. Maybe it’s just that, an invitation. As you seek success in your career, aspirations, and relationships, growth invites you to leverage your best asset – YOU!
When you take an inventory of the critical areas of your life, what’s the view: emotionally, physically, spiritually, socially, relationally, intellectually, professionally, and financially? How and where are you? Where do you desire to grow and go next? I’ll bet you haven’t asked those questions in a while. If growth and development are your aim, welcome to a 7-step challenge that promises to get you moving and grooving in your own life.
Step 1: Stop and be still… Too much noise often lends to faulty readings and confusion. Hence, the first step in this growth challenge is stillness. Yes, I know you’re on a mission to change the world and close your next deal, but take a moment to breathe. The greatest growth spurts begin with still moments that lend themselves to feeling, listening, and hearing what everyday life can quickly drown out.
Step 2: Acknowledge where you are… Take the time to write down where you are in each area. You can’t change what you’re not willing to confront; and written words are symbolic of your acknowledgment. Thoughts in your head are useful; thoughts on a page are one step closer to doing something about what you see. For example, it can be quite compelling to see the following on a page – I’m not in the most desired financial health because my-debt-to-income ratio is too high.
Step 3: Decide what’s important… Only you can decide what you value, what you want and where you need to be. In some areas, where you are may feel like a custom-fit shoe, but others may beg for something different. Leading with your values will help you focus on what matters to you as opposed to what others might think should matter. Now your energy is set on forward movement in the most meaningful direction.
Step 4: State the vision and pair it with relevant SMART goals… Your vision is the forecast of what evidenced growth will look like. Your vision is not only critical but helps you identify actions that can facilitate your effort toward it. And it works best with an ambitious companion – goals. But not just any goals. They need to be relevant to most effectively help bring the vision to life. As has been useful to many, SMART goals can make a significant difference in customizing your approach: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. For example: “My vision is to be a homeowner. My goal is to increase my credit score by 50 points and decrease by debt by 20% in 18 months.”
Step 5: Let milestones map your strategy… Starting with the end in mind, work backwards. What milestones should be accomplished along the way to your realized vision? Using milestones as markers, create a roadmap of the achievements that can best set the pace to your ultimate result. For example: “By month 3 my debt needs to decrease by ___%. The actions that will manifest this milestone are as follows….”
Step 6: Take the full proof growth serum of action plus advocacy… Action plus advocacy yields results. What will you do to shift beyond your present state? And who will you allow to keep you honest in the journey? If you want to ensure growth, you must be willing to act and be held accountable. It’s up to you to do the work; and your accountability partners will take the role of asking the tough questions and challenging your approach if it jeopardizes your desired vision. Not only will this approach promise progress, but the lack thereof questions whether you really want to grow or just talk about growing.
Step 7: Acknowledge every step… Growth and development are a journey, not a destination. The overall objective is to keep moving and celebrate every step or labeled misstep along the way. Together, each step affords an opportunity to highlight where you were, and no longer are.
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