Yesterday I mentioned one of the big takeaways from meeting with Holley Gerth was a growth plan.
Crystal at MoneySavingMom.com is a growth plan genius. She is great at setting goals, reaching them and blogging through the process. Have you seen where she’s been getting up at like 3:30 in “the morning?” She’s a beast.
I have great intentions and even wrote a fuzzy list at the beginning of the year. However, I never created a plan to carry it out.
Why a Growth Plan
When Holley wrote my brand guide, there was a section called “Growth Plan” at the end. She began by saying:
You are energized by reflection, applying what you learn to your life, and sharing that with others.
After a few action items, she wrote in conclusion:
Overall, just give yourself what you need to grow as much as possible and take every opportunity you have to pursue that in your life—it’s how you connect with God as well as yourself and one of the primary ways you bless and encourage others.
If you read my Strengths Finder, you’ll see it also says I’m energized by lots of information. It’s just how I’m wired.
However, she asked me how I was scheduling these times of learning and I just had to shrug my shoulders and say I’m not.
Enter my written growth plan.
The Growth Plan
I was responsible for coming up with the details of what my growth plan entailed.
Holley had me list all the ways I wanted to grow, whether it was from my ever-growing list of books, podcasts, bible studies, independent studies, or online classes.
Next, I decided how I’d actually get things done. She pushed me to write down a time of day to start, duration of session, frequency (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly), and even where I wanted to be sitting.
First, I created a list of devotional/prayer books I wanted to tackle for 30 minutes each morning.
Morning (AM daily – 15 min)
Devotional (AM daily – 15min)
Next, a list of Biblical topics I wanted to research weekly.
Research (weekly 1-2 hours)
I also planned to schedule my week of blog posts during this weekly time of research based on input from the Advisory Board I mentioned yesterday.
I then created a list of the books I wanted to read. While this list is always fluid, I have already marked off several of the ones from my original list.
Books to Read (evenings, 30 min-1hr)
God-sized dream Sparkly Green Earrings
- Billy Graham Nearing Home
- Blue Like Jazz
- Battlefield of the Mind
- Made to Crave
And finally, there were other special learning opportunities that I wanted to tackle during special events, while I worked (listening to podcasts), or online classes on weekends
Learn (special events, weekends, while I work)
- Photography class
- Michael Hyatt podcast
- Andy Stanley leadership podcast
- Simple Mom Home Fries podcast
Working the Plan
Am I doing all of those things? Not all, but mostly.
However, it’s been fantastic to have a written plan that I can refer back to when I start feeling lost on how I should be spending my time. Usually, I’d think about the very long list of things I wanted to do and then hop on Facebook and waste my time.
I feel so full. I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time and filling myself full of junk. I have a renewed sense of passion and purpose I haven’t had in a long time. Most of my learning is faith-based and the more I learn about God, the hungrier I am.
Something Had to Give
Here’s the kicker though.
In order for all this to happen, I had to let something else go.
And guess what lost in the battle?
Sure, we’ve been sitting as a family and watching Duck Dynasty like crazy fools (Hey!) but the shows I’d watch on my own? I haven’t watched them in weeks with no plans to catch up.
I know. I know!
I’m not suggesting everyone needs to give up TV. I’m just saying the past few weeks have proven I feel my best when I’m full of all kinds of information and facts and sermons and new things to learn.
Maybe this is just a season for me. And that’s fine. Growing seasons don’t last forever.
But for now, I’m working this new growth plan and I love it!
What is one thing you’d like to learn next?