Ready, Set, Grow! – Part 3
By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer

This week we will look at laws that might be a bit tougher to understand at first glance, but they are really quite basic: The Law of Design, The Law of Pain, and The Law of the Rubber Band.

The Law of Design. If you want to maximize your growth, develop strategies. This is an amazing law because it allows us to combine several of the laws into one through the process of design. Design a system that utilizes tools to help you plan well and stay on track. We begin by looking backward so we can plan forward applying the Law of Reflection. Plan daily actions and track your progress applying the Law of Consistency. Measure your progress and ask for feedback from others by applying the Law of Awareness.

The Law of Pain. Good management of bad experiences leads to great growth. Sadly, few make bad experiences into positive experiences. Someone once said, “Pain prompts us to face who we are and where we are. What we do with that experience defines who we become.” Since all of us will need to endure pain in our lives, why not use it as a catalyst for growth. When you find yourself in the middle of the pain start by looking for a positive. After a slalom waterskiing accident, I was in the ER waiting for results of an MRI. As I was hobbling my way to the bathroom, I noticed a custodian cleaning up the room across from my bed. At that moment I realized how important he was to my comfort, so I thanked him for his hard work. The look on his face was priceless and made my pain a little easier to take.

The Law of the Rubber Band. Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be. Have you lost this positive tension in your life? Have you settled for mediocrity in your life? Most of us use only a fraction of our potential because we don’t stretch ourselves. We are afraid to make mistakes or look foolish, so we just go wallow in our personal comfort zone. W. Somerset Maugham said it best, “Only a mediocre person is always at his best.” I would rather try something new and look foolish than be the frog stuck in the pot of comfortable but slowly warming water.

If you want to learn more about applying the laws of growth in your life, please join Marisa and me on Episode 82 of The Next Page podcast. We will have links to downloadable documents that will help you make the most of these three laws.

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