Have you ever wondered how you can reach your full potential? In his book, John Maxwell lays out 15 laws to help you become all you can be. In this free version of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth summary, we’ll outline the laws of growth that can help you to fulfill your potential.
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: An Overview
The 15 Laws of Growth are:
1. The Law of Intentionality
2. The Law of Awareness
3. The Law of the Mirror
4. The Law of Reflection
5. The Law of Consistency
6. The Law of Environment
7. The Law of Design
8. The Law of Pain
9. The Law of the Ladder
10. The Law of the Rubber Band
11. The Law of Trade-Offs
12. The Law of Curiosity
13. The Law of Modeling
14. The Law of Expansion
15. The Law of Contribution
These 15 laws will work for everyone, though the precise process and nature of growth will vary for each of us. Maxwell recommends that you spend 1 week on each law—to apply the exercises, journal your growth and discuss your learning points.
We’ll now zoom in on 2 of these laws in more detail. You can get details on all 15 laws in the full 15-page version of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth summary.
1. THE LAW OF INTENTIONALITY
Growth doesn’t happen by chance. You must make it happen.
There are 8 growth-gap traps that keep us from our true potential: the assumption gap, the knowledge gap, the timing gap, the mistake gap, the perfection gap, and inspiration gap, the comparison gap, and the expectation gap.
Make a shift from accidental to intentional growth, and have a deliberate plan for your personal growth.
• Ask these questions: Which direction do you want to go in life? Where’s the farthest you can imagine going?
• Take action now. The longer you wait, the less likely you’ll act. Select a resource and start learning today.
• Face your fears. Are you afraid of failure, uncertainty, financial losses, others’ opinions, or alienating your peers? Dig deep to find the faith to help you counter these fears.
2. THE LAW OF AWARENESS
Know yourself to grow yourself.
To grow, you must know yourself: your strengths, weaknesses, passions, and the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
• If you don’t know what you want, you’ll simply drift along, feeling confused and unfocused.
• If you know what you want but don’t do it, you’ll feel frustrated.
• If you know what you want and actually do it, you’ll feel focused, purposeful and fulfilled.
Building an awareness
If you don’t have a clear direction yet, start with these 7 questions:
• What would you like to do? When you tap into your passion, it unlocks energy and excellence to improve your results.
• Why do you want to do what you’d like to do? The right motives give you the strength to persevere in face of challenges.
• What skills, talents and opportunities can you tap on to support your desire and close your gaps?
• What steps must you take to get from here to there? Be aware if each choice you make is in the right direction, take action consistently toward your goals, and make yourself accountable for following through. These will attract other like-minded people to fast-track your progress.
• Who can you learn from? Seek advice from people who excel in what you’d like to do. Be a great mentee: be teachable, prepare prior, ask great questions, and ensure you follow-through. If you can’t find direct mentors, get creative (e.g. read their books).
• Are you willing to pay the price? Most people aren’t willing to put in the hard work and sacrifices. Are you?
• Where do you need the most growth? Focus on your biggest strengths and overcome your key weaknesses.
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Getting the Most from The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
If you’d like to learn and apply more about all the Laws of Growth above, do check out our full book summary bundle which includes an infographic, a 15-page text summary, and a 28-minute audio summary.
In the book, Maxwell shares many other personal anecdotes, life experiences and stories of people who have impacted his life and growth journey. You can purchase the book here, or visit johnmaxwell.com for more details.
About the Author of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential is written by John C. Maxwell—an American author, speaker, and pastor. Maxwell is an evangelical Christian, completed a bachelor’s degree at Ohio Christian University in 1969, a Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has led several churches and is currently a teaching pastor at Christ Fellowship in Florida.
Maxwell speaks to a wide range of organizations and leaders. He has written over 70 books and was one of 25 authors named to Amazon.com’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. In May 2014, Maxwell was named the #1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine.
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth Quotes
“Not reaching your potential is like dying with the music still inside of you.”
“In the end, it isn’t what you are that holds you back; it’s what you think you’re not.”
“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.”
“When you want something you have never had, you must do something you’ve never done to get it.”
“The most common reason people don’t overcome the odds is they don’t challenge them enough.”
“It’s hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow.”
“Teaching people what to do is easy. Showing them is much more difficult.”
“What we do now controls who we become and where we are in the future.”