by Illens Dort | Jun 16, 2019 | Life Spark Mentoring
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by
John C. Maxwell
6. The Law of Environment
Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings
step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment
you first find yourself in.” Mack Caine
7. The Law of Design
To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.” And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn
8. The Law of Pain
Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth
“Every problem introduces a person to himself.” John McDonnell
9. The Law of the ladder
Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal
Achievements to most people is something you do….to the high
achiever it is something you are.” Doug Firebaugh
10. The Law of the Rubber Band
Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You
Are and Where You Could Be
“Only a mediocre person is always at his best.” W. Somerset Maugham
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by Illens Dort | Jun 3, 2019 | Life Spark Mentoring
3. Move Beyond Your Limiting Beliefs.
We all have some limiting beliefs. Some of them were given
to us by our parents, our environment, and experiences. We often add our own
limiting beliefs to this list. I have developed a habit of paying attention to
my thoughts, my words, and actions that may display my limiting beliefs. I also
listen to feedback from friends.
Author Jack Canfield offers a solution to self-limiting
thinking. In his book, The Success Principles, he recommends the
following four steps to transform limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs.
a limiting belief that you want to change.
Determine how the belief limits
Decide how you want to be, act, or
Create a turnaround statement that
affirms or gives you permission to be, act, or feel this way?
Make it a habit of repeating the turnaround statement daily. Remember that our thoughts influence our actions. Our actions do also influence our thoughts.
4. Add Value to Others
Use this quote as a simple reminder, “It’s hard to feel bad
about yourself when you’re doing something good for someone else.” John C.
by Illens Dort | Jun 2, 2019 | Life Spark Mentoring
by Illens Dort | Jun 1, 2019 | Life Spark Mentoring
I am excited about the opportunity to learn and grow with you
this month. If you have a friend that wants to grow, feel free to invite that
person to join Life Spark Mentoring. People who love to grow have an abundance
mindset. They enjoy taking someone with them on their growth journey.
In May we covered the first five laws of The 15 Invaluable
Laws of Growth. Here is a short recap of these laws.
1. The Law of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen
2. The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow
3. The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add
Value to Yourself
4. The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to
Catch Up with You
5. The Law of Consistency: Motivation Gets You Going—Discipline
Keeps You Growing
Which one of these five laws pauses a greater challenge to
you? What are you doing to overcome this challenge?
This month (Thursday June 6 at 6 PM MST), I am going to
mentor on these five laws.
6. The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive
7. The Law of Design: To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies
8. The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads
to Great Growth
9. The Law of the Ladder: Character Growth Determines the
Height of Your Personal Growth
10. The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose
the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
Take a moment to reflect on these laws. If you were to write
these laws, what would you share? What has been your experience in regard to
each of these laws?
I will email the bridge number for you to join Life Spark
Mentoring. Keep growing daily!
by Illens Dort | May 31, 2019 | Life Spark Mentoring
The final piece of the puzzle is the question of when. When do
you need to improve? The answer is today: right now. Author and education professor
Leo Buscaglia noted, “Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from
John stated, “You will never change your life until you
change something you do daily … Discipline is the bridge between goals and
accomplishments, and that bridge must be crossed every day. Over time that daily
crossing becomes a habit.”
Focuses on a destination
Focuses on the journey
Motivates you and others
Matures you and others
Stops when a goal is reached
Keeps you growing beyond the goal
by Illens Dort | May 29, 2019 | Life Spark Mentoring
From the book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John wrote:
Knowing what to improve and how to
improve are critical to consistency in personal growth. But so is knowing why.
The how and the what will only take you so far. The why is what keeps you motivated long after that first rush of
energy and enthusiasm wears off. It can carry you through when willpower isn’t enough.
Think of it as why-power.
He shared the story of a salesman who looked out the window
of the hotel restaurant at a blinding snowstorm. He asked his waiter, “Do you
think the roads will be clear enough in the morning to travel?”
The waiter replied, “Depends on if you’re on salary or
John continued, “Having a strong why will help you to keep going when the discipline of learning
becomes difficult, discouraging, or tedious. If your growth is connected to
your values, dreams, and purpose, you will know why you’re doing it. And you
will be more likely to follow through.”
I have my niece, Windy, who is part of Life Spark Mentoring.
She joins us from New Jersey. To me and many other people who know well, she is
a great example of strength of character, perseverance, consistency, and
Few years ago, Windy decided to go back to school to work on
her masters. She did it as a single mother and a full-time employee. She spent many long nights doing homework. She
remained focused on her goal even when she faced unfavorable circumstances. I suspect,
at time, it would have been easy for her to quit. Given the situation, quitting
would have been a justifiable reason. But she didn’t. Neither did she neglect
the care of her son and her duty as a school teacher while she was working on
her goal. Why didn’t she quit? It’s simply because her why was stronger than her what
and how. Based on the conversation Windy
and I had during her graduation ceremony, to recall it only in part, she wanted
to do it for herself to begin with. She also wanted to be an example to her
son. The example of a grandmother who had a relentless drive for continuous
improvement also played a role in her why.
She wanted to do it so she could add more values to her students. There were
many other reasons. In short her why
was connected to her values, dreams, and purpose. It started with her and grew
to include others.
If you find yourself struggling with consistency in your personal
growth, I can almost guarantee you that the problem is not with your what and how. It’s with your why.
When your why is strong enough, the what and how will come. By the way, these two are already there. They might
be in your blindside. Last month I was looking for a Spanish book. I knew I had
at least 2 or 3 in the house. I could not find any. After I returned from
Dominican Republic with a stronger desire to improve my Spanish, I looked for
the book again. It seemed that the book jumped out of the shelf so I could find
Now, one more thought about consistency. Consistency is not
perfection. My good friend and mentor, John puts it this way, and I am
laughing, “Only a dead person is perfectly consistent.” You will fumble here
and there. That’s okay. Just pick up the ball and start running again because
you are still in the game of life. You are an important player. Your teammates,
coaches, and fans need you to keep on going. Remember The Law of the Mirror. “You
must see value in yourself to add value to yourself.” You are your own MVP.
My friend, let me close this post by saying that I am
grateful for your support in my personal and professional growth. I thank you
for that. We are building a strong movement called Life Spark Mentoring where
people like you and me can work together to help each other grow and to add
value to others.
May you have a fabulous growing day!