No matter how big or small it may seem, progress is a positive occurrence that doesn’t just happen. In other words, we’re forced to work for it. The harder we work, the bigger and greater the progress. According to Curtis Jackson, it doesn’t always have to be slow process. Let’s take a look at two major reasons why most people stop growing!
1. Living In The Past
Back in school days, we all knew the cool kids. We can deny it as much as we want, but deep down in our hearts, all of us wanted to be part of their crew. Since the word cool can be interpreted in many different ways, I’d like to particularize the type of people I’m talking about; the beautiful girls every guy was dreaming of, the muscular captain of the football-team and his boys, outstanding dancers, rich kids with great style and of course the bully that no one wanted to have issues with. After seeing my list, I’m sure you’ll have a few names on your mind. Here comes the big question: “What happened to them?”
The truth is that most people wo used to be relevant in their environment lose that confidence as soon as everything changes. Beautiful girls struggle to find a good guy since beauty alone can’t make a man faithful, the once great captain and his team-mates that didn’t make it into the NFL are forgotten by everyone etc.
By now you should get my point. No one cares what you once were! People look at what you are now or what you’re going to become! Too many people live on their past performances. “Bro, back in those days I used to be a great student. If I wouldn’t have dropped out, then…” I never even let people finish sentences like these. You barely see Steph Curry bragging about his three-point shots from the last game. Why? Because he’s busy training in order to improve his skills. People seeking growth don’t have time to show off with their victories or trophies. Their mindset is not: “I beat you seven to four!” They rather think about a way to beat you 7-0. You want to stay the best? Then always enter competitions as if you’re the number one contender!
2. Expecting Awards For Your Achievements
“The company I work for doesn’t appreciate me. Even though I worked 50 hours last week, no one thanks me!” Statements like this are just absurd. The company you work for pays you so that you can get your job done. They definitely don’t have to overflow you with gratitude. This kind of mindset stops people from expanding their inner growth. If your hard work is triggered by compliments of others, how do you want to be your own boss? Will you be appreciative towards yourself everyday and clap for yourself whenever you perform great? Remember, Successful individuals work for themselves and by themselves.
I’ve met so many young co-workers who need appreciation on a daily basis. You can’t expect love on top of money for doing something that you’re paid to do. Are you looking for awards? Then don’t be only great in what you do, be the best. Do more than you are expected to do and your supervisors will notice how great your work is. If you’re important to a company, they’ll let you know. Most of the time, they’ll show you by raising your salary. Don’t expect awards. Achieve your goals and watch the awards come after you.What you’re paid to do is the minimum. Everything else is your investment in your future.