“The first step toward change is
awareness. The second step is
If you want to grow you must know yourself: your strengths and weaknesses, your interests and opportunities. You must be able to gauge not only where you’ve been, but also where you are now. Otherwise, you cannot set a course for where you want to go. And of course, every time you want to learn something, you must be able to take the new thing you’ve learned today and build upon what you learned yesterday to keep growing. That’s the only way to gain traction and keep improving yourself.
To reach your potential, you must know where you want to go and where you
currently are. Without both of those pieces of information, you’re liable to get lost.
Knowing yourself is like reading “You Are Here” on a map when you want to find
your way to a destination.
I’ve observed that there are really only three kinds of people when it comes to
having direction in life:
1. People Who Don’t Know What They Would Like to Do
These people are often confused. They lack a strong sense of purpose. They don’t
possess a sense of direction for their lives. If they are growing, they are unfocused
about it. They dabble. They drift. They can’t reach their potential because they have
no idea what to shoot for.
2. People Who Know What They Would Like to Do But Don’t Do It
These people are usually frustrated. Every day they experience the gap between
where they are and where they want to be. Sometimes they aren’t doing what they
want because they worry that it will cause them to neglect other responsibilities, such
as providing for their families. Sometimes they aren’t willing to pay the price to learn,
grow, and move closer to where they want to be. Other times fear prevents them from
changing course to pursue their passion. No matter what the reason, they, too, miss
3. People Who Know What They Would Like to Do and Do It
The third kind of people know themselves, possess a strong sense of passion, are
focused in purpose, grow in areas that help them move closer to their purpose, and do
what they were created to do. The word that best describes them is fulfilled.
John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth