Are you climbing your ladder?
In John Maxwell’s book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth,” he mentions that character growth determines the height of your personal development. As you think about your character, it reflects something that would attract or repel people from you.
How would you measure success for yourself?
Do you focus on the internal rewards or external rewards?
Some of the times we model success based on role models or others, what are the traits or values of others that you admire or want to emulate?
For many leaders, honesty is one of the most valued traits. Honesty is the core of good character; it is the quality that enhances or damages the personal reputation and the single more valued characteristic in good leaders.
As you start designing your growth ladder, what are some of the rungs that you would describe along the way? How would you measure that you achieved them?
Where would you place yourself if you had to rate yourself from rung 1 (lowest rung on the ladder) to 10 (highest potential as a leader)?
What steps would you take to get yourself to the next rung?
When you look back on some of your failures, was there a character trait that you have that held you back or potentially prevented you from achieving your highest potential? It is said that 99% of failures are failures of character. What are your thoughts on this?
Character development is a lifetime process. While we might never plan to mess up, it happens. What is important is what we do when we mess up; how do we address it and respond to it. What steps are you currently taking to develop your character?
Do you focus your growth energy on things on the outside or items on the inside?
How do you balance the time spent on external and internal growth?
Do you schedule specific times to develop humility, character, seeking others first, and family?
Sometimes in life, things do not always work out. According to John Maxwell, “there are many decisions one must make before they have to, or they will make the wrong one” “emergencies don’t develop character, they reveal it.” In my belief, this is so true. We must practice the way we want to play because when it comes time to set things in motion, any shortcuts will reveal themselves.