7. The Law of Design - General Concept:
To maximize growth, develop strategies. To maximize growth, you must develop a strategy. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you will fall into someone else’s plan ...and they don't have much planned for you?”

If you want to succeed, you need to do whatever it takes. Get up an hour early. Stay up an hour later. Give up your lunch hour. Put in extra time on the weekends. If you don't, you have to prepare to give up your dream and any hope of reaching your potential.
~John Maxwell (page 15)

Track every action that pertains to an area where you want to see improvement (finances, health, career, relationships, or behaviour.
~John Maxwell (page 27)

If you want to be around growing people, become a growing person. If you're committed, you attract others who are committed. If you're growing, you attract others who are growing. This puts you in a position to begin building a community of like-minded people who can help one another succeed.
John Maxwell (page 27)

When you find a potential mentor, these are you're following responsibilities: 
1. Possess a teachable spirit. 
2. Always be prepared for the time you get with your mentor. 
3. Set the agenda by asking great questions.
4. Demonstrate how you parent from your time together. 
5. Be accountable for what you've learned.
6. When you show fruit of change in your life because of your time with them, they are inclined to invest more in you.

The responsibility of a mentor: include always helping them become more than they are, not to try to make them something there or not. Focus on:
1. Strengths 
2. temperament 
3. track record 
4. passion 
5. choices 
6. advice 
7. support, resources/people 
8. game plan 
9. feedback 
10. Encouragement


When you visit a mentor for a second time make sure you have the answers to the following before you ask questions. 
1. Here's what I asked you last time. 
2. Here's what you shared with me in response. 
3. Here's what I did with what you shared. 
Now can ask more questions?
John Maxwell (page 29)

If you discover what you want to do, start finding people who do what you want to do with excellence. Then do what you must to learn from them and pay them for their time if necessary. 
1. Be consistent. Meet purposely every month for someone who can teach you. 
2. Be creative. Start with their books if you can't meet them in person. 
3. Be purposeful. Spend two hours of preparation for every hour of interaction. 
4. Be reflective. Spend two hours in reflection for every hour of interaction. 
5. Be grateful. These people are gifts to your personal growth; be sure to let them know.
~John Maxwell (page 28)

9. The Law of the Ladder - General Concept:
Character growth determines the height of your personal growth. Rungs on the Ladder: 1. First focus on the inside them the outside. 2. Follow the "Golden Rule". 3. Teach only what you believe. 4. Put humility above all virtues. (a curiosity over arrogance prospective in life) 5. Strive to finish, and finish well.

5. The Law of Consistency - General Concept:
Motivation gets you going–Discipline keeps you growing. Yp can beat the majority of people by just being consistent in showing up and doing what you do.

When you're a child you seem to physically grow automatically I think many people carry into adulthood a subconscious belief that mental, spiritual, and emotional growth follow a similar pattern—they couldn't be more wrong.
~John Maxwell (page 3)

10. The Law of the Rubber Band - General Concept:
Growth stops when you lose the tension (urgency mindset) between where you are and where you could be. If you aren’t stretching yourself than you aren’t growing. Don’t let the rubber band become limp.
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