Welcome to The SHAPE of a Leader. I write this blog with the SHAPE leadership development program (for women pastors) I lead in mind, but it is for all who are interested in leadership, faith, and the intersection of the two.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Truth, Pain, Improve, Grow, Repeat... (REPOST)

Here's another blog post that I couldn't have said better myself!  This is from Gino Wickman, who is the creator of TRACTION, which is a method and model for running a business.

Are you growing? If you’re not growing, you’re dying. There’s a very specific process for how you grow. As Dr. David Viscott said, “If you cannot risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot become your best. If you cannot how to grow your businessbecome your best, you cannot be happy. And if you cannot be happy, what else matters?” Are you a growth-oriented person, or are you more comfortable with the status quo? If this quote resonates with you, you’re probably a growth-oriented person.
The process for growth, as stated above, is “truth, pain, improve, and grow.” This means that, a lot of times, the truth hurts. As Dan Sullivan says, “All progress begins with telling the truth.” That truth leads to the pain of hearing the truth, accepting it, and making the decision to change it. This leads you to finding the answers, which forces you to improve, and upon the implementation of that improvement, you then grow. That pattern continues forever, if you truly want to be the best you can be.
Pick one area to improve upon right now. Rule of thumb: Pick the one that hurts the most. It’s a journey; enjoy it.

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