What is personal growth in 2019? Stay tuned because today I'm going to give you the four stages of personal growth in 2019 and let's see where you are and how you can grow to your next stage of personal growth.
Hi my name is Noah St. John I'm the founder of FreedomLifeX.com and SuccessClinic.com author of 14 books including my new book “Get Rid of Your Head Trash About Money” which you can get free at SendMeaBookNoah.com now let's look at the four stages of personal growth.
Personal growth is the process of becoming who you really are. I remember back in the early 90’s when I started my personal growth journey, in fact it started long before that. I grew up poor in a rich neighbourhood and I was very confused about the fact that there were people around me who had great wealth and abundance but yet my family was dirt poor and they were always struggling and they were always fighting about money and the lack of money. I hated that life of poverty and fear and lack and not enoughness.
I really wanted to make something of my life, I wanted to have a better life and I knew that there was a better life because I saw examples of it right down the street and so I went to the library and I just started reading books on personal growth, self-help, personal development and spiritual development from all the classics like Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Wayne Dyer and Stephen Covey.
When I started that journey many years ago, I dreamed of being an author, of being a speaker but I didn't know what I was going to talk about. I knew that I wanted to share an empowering message with the world but I knew that I didn't want to just say the same thing that everybody else did I wanted to have a different message a new message a message of empowerment and confidence of how people could believe that they were enough but it took me many years to find that message.
Then in April 1997 I had the shower that changed everything which led to my discovery of Afformations which I write about in my books including “The Book of Afformations”, “Secret Code of Success and my upcoming book called “Power Habits”. That discovery that epiphany changed my life and has since changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all around the world so in that time when I realized that most of us go through four stages when it comes to personal growth.
The First Stage of Personal Growth is unconscious incompetence that means that you don't know that you don’t know. You don’t know that there is such a thing as personal growth you don't know that there's another life that there's a better way to do things but I was exposed to that at the age of seven when I started.
When I first read Dale Carnegie's book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, yes I read that book when I was seven years old. You can ask my mother and so the point is I was doing this for a very very long time and I realized that that's the first stage as I was unconsciously incompetent it means I didn't know that I didn’t know.
The second stage which is conscious incompetence that means you know you don't know and you're like I'm on this journey and I want to get better I want to become who I really am and I want to learn more how to serve and live my legacy, not just leave a legacy but live my legacy and so that is the stage of conscious incompetence when I started my company successclinic.com in my college dorm room in 1997 I had $800 and a book on how to do HTML and I knew that I was incompetent at running a business I knew that I had no idea how to run an online business there really wasn't any such thing as an online business back then there was no such thing as digital marketing or blogs or social media those things did not exist 22 years ago.
The point is I knew that I had a lot to learn and I ended up spending lots and lots of money on teachers who couldn’t teach their way out of a paper bag and so that was a very difficult lesson for me but it became a lesson in my personal growth as well as my business growth.
The Third Level of Personal Growth is conscious competence that means you know you know and you're doing good and you're doing well at what you know in terms of your personal growth. For example, people used to push my buttons, you hear that phrase all the time “well he really pushes my button” and “she pushes my buttons” and first of all of course I wasn’t even aware that people are pushing my buttons, they would do it and I would react without even thinking that's unconscious incompetence then I started to become aware of that fact and I started to realize, wait a minute he's doing that to me, he's trying to manipulate me or she's trying to make me do something that I didn't want to do and then I started become aware that then I got to the stage of conscious competence that means I know what they're doing and I can make my own choices I don't have to just do what they tell me to do I don't have to just follow along like a sheep. I can make my own choices, I'm a human being and I don't have to just follow what everybody else says.
The Fourth stage of personal growth is unconscious competence that means you do it without even thinking about it. Just like brushing your teeth or tying your shoes or getting dressed in the morning there are many things that we do every day that we are unconsciously competent at like what are some of the things that you do every day that you don't even think about, habits every day that you don't think about like talking, communicating, reading, writing and so forth.
We have so many basic things that we do every single day but when it comes to personal growth what are you unconsciously competent at.
In other words right now I still have to remind myself sometimes that people are trying to manipulate me, people are trying to push my buttons you get all the marketers out there, all the gurus out there that say they have the latest and greatest whatever and I'm sure their stuff is really really good but basically they're very good at pushing your buttons and so you got to be aware of that and make sure that you don't let other people push your buttons.
And you know what I always say about family members people say oh you know my family members they push my buttons I say of course they push your buttons they put them there. So if you ever find yourself in those kind of situations just be aware that you have more power than you think.
And that reminds me of a very famous poem by Portia Nelson who wrote us something called the autobiography in five chapters and it goes like this
“chapter one I walk down the street there's a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in I'm lost I'm hopeless it isn’t my fault and it takes forever to find a way up
chapter two I walked down the same street there's a deep hole in the sidewalk I pretend I don't see it I’ve fallen again I can't believe I'm in the same place but it isn't my fault it still takes a long time to get out
Chapter three I walk down the same street there's a deep hole in the sidewalk I see it's there I still fall in it's a habit my eyes are open I know where I am it is my fault I get out immediately
chapter four I walked down the same street there's a deep hole in the sidewalk I walk around it
in Chapter five I walk down another Street
I love that poem it is very inspiring to me because it reminds me of my life about how many times I have fallen into that hole in the sidewalk have you ever found yourself doing that?
That's a wonderful poem and it's a very famous poem and it really speaks to so many of us I think who are walking down this road this this path of personal growth not just business growth but personal growth. You know in our company at successclinic.com, I’m honored to work with impact-driven heart-centered entrepreneurs like you who really want to have a great impact on the world and make a great income doing it so whether you're still wanting to reach your first $10,000 in your business whether you want to reach 100k a year or whether you want to get to a million and beyond we’ll help you with all of those things and a big big part of that we have seen is personal growth because that helps you to evolve into the next greatest version of yourself.
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