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By Mark Creedon

Here’s something you must understand if you want to grow

Are you waiting for things to change?

Maybe you’re waiting for things to change so you can be happy or you’re waiting for things to change so you can finally take action on some of your ambitions.

Maybe you’re wanting your business or professional practice to step up to the next level or you’re waiting for things to change so you can get into investment and or to your current investments.

For many people, life is a bit too confusing at the moment and for others, it’s just too busy.

Life just happens, doesn’t it?


I remember being taught by one of my mentors Jim Rohn:

For things to change, you need to change.

Of course, not all change is growth, just as all movement is not forward.

And change just for the sake of change isn’t a good thing – is it?

So if you find yourself constantly looking for “change” then try focusing on “growth” instead.

But let me share something I learned as part of my own growth and personal development.

All growth happens in stages.

It doesn’t matter if it’s in your personal life or your business or your investment life.

In each stage of growth, people hit a point where they can’t grow any further using their existing set of skills and knowledge.

I see this happening time and time again when speaking with the business people and professionals I coach.

As you progress in your growth, you gain experience by solving problems, getting things done, and transacting business.

However, this experience often comes at a price: complexity.

Each problem you solve, each transaction you make, and each hurdle you overcome adds to this complexity to the point where it holds you back from future growth of capability, performance, and achievement.

You become overwhelmed by all the “stuff,” the complications, and the contradictions that come from doing things a certain way for a long time.

For some, this ceiling becomes a permanent fixture.

This is why many people fail to grow beyond a particular stage of their personal development.

That’s why many investors never get past level two or three in their investing and why many business people really only have a job that is dependent on them rather than a true Level Three business.

But when you’ve hit this ceiling, there’s a smart way to overcome it.

It starts with recognising that working harder and longer as you’ve been doing up to now no longer works.


You need a new set of concepts and strategies to achieve a new state of simplicity.

By developing a simplified way of thinking, communicating, and performing, you’ll break through the ceiling.

All of this means that you must leave your current state of complexity behind.

When you choose your future over your past, you enter a new stage of growth.

Think of your development in terms of goals.

Each stage of individual growth comes from having goals — desiring something in life that is new, better, or different.

Setting higher and more demanding goals automatically forces us to develop new relationships, structures, and habits.

You can then use these as the tools to take you to the next growth stage.

New relationships can provide you with larger opportunities and better results.

New habits will allow you to reach higher levels of performance and achievement that enable you to get there.

Learning how to break through these ceilings of complexity is perhaps the most important life skill that you can develop.

Let me remind you of another famous Jim Rohn quote:

Never wish life was easier, wish that you were better.

While self-education and self-development through blogs, podcasts, books, and webinars are a great way to learn, they will only get you so far.

In my mind, the safest and quickest way to get to the next level is to be surrounded by mentors, coaches, and a tribe of like-minded people.

About Mark Creedon Mark Creedon is Director of Metropole's Business Accelerator Mastermind and business coach to some of Australia's leading entrepreneurs - each who call him their "unreasonable friend"
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