How to identify growth opportunities (in five minutes)

How to identify growth opportunities (in five minutes)

Nothing is more motivating than progress. Taking baby steps forward can lead to amazing results: if you get 1% better every day you get thirty-eight times better in one year. My goal for creating this exercise was to identify which growth opportunity I should focus my attention on.

I like to make progress visual. I decided to map out my day and identify areas where I can make the biggest improvements in the shortest amount of time.

The areas I wrote down were: Sleep – Food – Exercise – Work – Passion Projects. Above every segment I drew how I thought my learning curve looked over the past couple of years.

For example, food had a nice learning curve. I spent a lot of time reading and learning about a healthy food plan.

My sleep learning curve is flat and that surprised me. I sleep approximately 1/3 of the day, but never paid attention to my sleep habits. When I asked around most people never studied sleep either. We agreed on having a sleeping schedule, getting enough hours of sleep and not using electronics before bedtime – that’s about it. We learn a little bit here and there, but no serious progress is made. It is almost as if we don’t care about 1/3 of our life.

This is an area were I can make progress quickly. I know very little about sleep so every article and book will give me new insights. A steep learning curve is very motivating; little wins fuel your motivation and that means it is easier to do the work.

I found this a great exercise to identify opportunities for growth in my life. In less than five minutes I had identified an area to focus on and now the books are ordered and I am eager to study. I challenge you to try this exercise: you will be amazed how rewarding it can be!

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