What is your Growth Framework?

Every now and again you come across a new idea or concept that ignites passion and makes your heart do a little dance.  Today I was reading an article on the fabulous site http://waitbutwhy.com  (I found this site thanks to Tim Ferris who recommended it in one of his Friday email lists.) It is an extremely long article, but I was in the mood for some learning.  It was towards the end of the article that I came upon this fabulous concept of your growth framework.  This is how Tim Urban, the author, explains how to develop your own growth framework:

“What’s the goal that you want to evolve towards (and why is that the goal), what does the path look like that gets you there, what’s in your way, and how do you overcome those obstacles? What are your practices on a day-to-day level, and what should your progress look like year-to-year? Most importantly, how do you stay strong and maintain the practice for years and years, not four days? After you’ve thought that through, name the framework and make a symbol or mantra.”

This concept just hit me right between the eyes. Not so much the questions, as I have considered them all before and continue to do so, but the idea of putting it into a framework. Brilliant idea!  So, here’s my growth framework:

It is called “Continuous Creative Expansion.”  It looks like a bubble of golden light and within that bubble are the words “Ever expanding creativity consciousness.”

As for the goal, the practices, and the obstacles, you don’t care what mine are, and I much more interested in what this can do for you.

If you are any kind of a goal setter, you may have considered the questions above, but have you ever considered it in terms of a growth framework? Any kind of process, playbook or framework is an essential way to bring more structure to our productivity.  But why can’t it also be creative?  It shouldn’t bore you to sleep.  How can you bring your creativity to bear on your own process?  Injecting a bit of – dare I say it – fun to the process may make you more likely to see your progress as an adventure, rather than a list of chores to get through.

Any kind of development be it personal or career is self-expression in action, and as far as I am concerned it is one of the greatest gifts we have as human beings.

For if we are not continually looking to develop our conscious awareness, sure what’s it all for?

For those who would like to delve a lot deeper, here is the article from which I took the concept.  Enjoy and thank you to Tim from Wait but Why!


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