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TwoEssentialQuestionsYouMustAskYourselfEachDay:#HowWillIGrowToday

Jan Johnston Osburn
Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
11mo Washington, DC, United States Story
Two Essential Questions You Must Ask Yourself Each Day:  #HowWillIGrowToday

The Powerful Impact of Questions

Questions are powerful tools because they invoke great ideas, insights, and discoveries. They also jumpstart the pursuit to reveal the most relevant, and sometimes unimagined, information. Questions help elicit responses that make you think and they may even be responsible for your course corrections.

We normally ask questions of others, but sometimes the tables should be turned so that we can ask questions of ourselves.

There are two important questions to ask every day:

  • In the morning: “How will I grow today?”
  • At the end of the day: “How did I grow today?”

Personal Growth

We face decisions every day. Most of them are so easy that decision making is a seamless brain process and we’re usually unaware of it. Yet moving through life without asking ourselves thought-provoking questions and assessing results only encourages mediocrity. Robots and machines were fashioned for dull, monotonous and rote movements - not humans.

What sets us apart from even the latest technological advancements for the most sophisticated machinery is our ability to reflect and contemplate.

Many decisions we make through the day have no long-lasting consequences while others can have a colossal impact on the direction of our life.

We decide what time to get up, what to have for breakfast, whether we’re going to exercise, and what attitude we’ll take on to meet the day.

We also decide what we are not going to do. If you decide to have a sugar-filled donut for breakfast in lieu of something healthier, you made that decision. If you decide that you are going to sit around watching TV instead of going outside and getting exercise, you made that decision. Those types of decisions have consequences and those types of decisions impact personal growth.

Our personal growth is also a choice we make.

Personal growth keeps us moving forward. Whether you are looking to grow in your relationships, at work, or as a leader you won’t be able to do that without making mindful decisions and acting on the behavior that enhances your growth and development.

Personal growth is a vital to your maturity, success and happiness. It is the foundation of emotional, physical, and intellectual health.

There are many things that go into making up personal growth and a few of them are:

  • Your skills and talents
  • Education and intellect
  • Relationship development
  • Having the right habits and kicking the bad ones
  • Positive Mental Attitude
  • Positive Self-image
  • Creativity
  • Character

Personal growth isn’t a stage of life, it is a lifelong process.

Personal Growth Helps You Transform

If you have any vision about what you want to accomplish, who you want to be, or how you view your future, you won’t meet that vision without growth.

The person you see in the mirror today will not be the person you’ll see when you look in the mirror five years from now.

It’s like the metaphor of the butterfly.

The butterfly that gracefully alights on your plants today didn’t start out that way. Butterflies go through a life cycle and what starts out as an egg eventually emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

It’s the same way with our personal growth.

We start out as one person but through a series of mini-transformations, we emerge as someone who is a mere shadow of the person we used to be – if we make it a goal to grow. Personal growth has a profound impact on every aspect and stage of our life.

When you make a concerted effort every morning to ask yourself, “How will I grow today”, your mind kicks into gear and starts thinking about what you need to accomplish to make that a reality. Maybe you want to be a better spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, or leader so when you ask yourself that question, you start thinking specifically what that means in all of those important areas in your life.

Our days are hectic. Life is busy. It's easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day and just glide by on autopilot without much thought of the bigger issues at stake. When you do that, you’re not making a cognizant effort to change your behavior to make positive impacts on your life.

Equally important to your morning question is your at-the-end-of-the-day question, “How did I grow today?” It’s one thing to ask the question, think about it, and take no action. It’s another to act on it. 

Your Turn:

How will you grow today?

#HowWillIGrow 


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7 comments

  • VivianaVizcaino
    VivianaVizcaino Viviana
    11mo ago

    Jan, I'm so happy to see you so active on the platform. Your posts always remind me to really think about myself and my behavior. Today, I will grow by trying to find answers to my curiosities instead of letting them be passing thoughts. How will you grow?

    Jan, I'm so happy to see you so active on the platform. Your posts always remind me to really think about myself and my behavior. Today, I will grow by trying to find answers to my curiosities instead of letting them be passing thoughts. How will you grow?

    • Jan Johnston Osburn
      Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
      11mo ago

      Viviana, Thank you for your kind words. They really touch me. Yesterday, I spent the day with my mother at her doctor’s appointment. She’s not been feeling well and we’re trying to determine the cause. My mother has been pretty healthy most of her life but I can see her frailty now. I guess it’s the circle of life. It’s still hard to watch. I hope I grew as a daughter yesterday and that I was able to help her and provide some comfort to her. Thank you for asking and thank you so much for reading.

      Viviana, Thank you for your kind words. They really touch me. Yesterday, I spent the day with my mother at her doctor’s appointment. She’s not been feeling well and we’re trying to determine the cause. My mother has been pretty healthy most of her life but I can see her frailty now. I guess it’s the circle of life. It’s still hard to watch. I hope I grew as a daughter yesterday and that I was able to help her and provide some comfort to her. Thank you for asking and thank you so much for reading.

  • Fasiha Farrukh
    11mo ago

    Informative post.. Thanks Jan!

    Informative post.. Thanks Jan!

    • Jan Johnston Osburn
      Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
      11mo ago

      Thank you for reading, Fasiha.

      Thank you for reading, Fasiha.

  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Influencer
    11mo ago

    Your post is beautiful and I love seeing so much interaction on the platform from the positivity you're promoting. #girlboss! How willl I grow today? I grow today by being honest about how I'm feeling. I was say how I feel because I've been top toeing, avoiding to accept how it feels to want something. My fiancé and I had a serious conversation six months ago about how we would start trying for a family this winter. We had talked about finances, work, etc. and came up with a decent enough plan that we would feel as ready as we could be to take on this journey. A few Months ago we decided to put a pin in that plan because because of our wedding in two years. And then, something inside me changed this week and I couldn't stop thinking about our original plan. I almost feel embarrassed to admit I want a baby because I was raised that you should be married first, and that people will judge me, which shouldn't matter but it does for some reason. As someone nearing thirty, how I feel is very normal and I need to be more open and honest about my feeling rather than just skirting around them. What advice would you have for me?

    Your post is beautiful and I love seeing so much interaction on the platform from the positivity you're promoting. #girlboss! How willl I grow today? I grow today by being honest about how I'm feeling. I was say how I feel because I've been top toeing, avoiding to accept how it feels to want something. My fiancé and I had a serious conversation six months ago about how we would start trying for a family this winter. We had talked about finances, work, etc. and came up with a decent enough plan that we would feel as ready as we could be to take on this journey. A few Months ago we decided to put a pin in that plan because because of our wedding in two years. And then, something inside me changed this week and I couldn't stop thinking about our original plan. I almost feel embarrassed to admit I want a baby because I was raised that you should be married first, and that people will judge me, which shouldn't matter but it does for some reason. As someone nearing thirty, how I feel is very normal and I need to be more open and honest about my feeling rather than just skirting around them. What advice would you have for me?

    • Jan Johnston Osburn
      Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
      11mo ago

      Thank you for your kind words. I figure if someone is going to take the time to read and comment that I can certainly thank them for it. Beyond that, I learn best from others and their perspectives. Writing in isolation doesn’t work for me. As for your question, only you and your fiancé can answer that. Nobody can tell you what you should think or feel. We aren’t the one having baby. We won’t be caring for it and we won’t be taking care of it financially. That vital decision has to come from you. But I will say that you should not feel guilty for feeling that way. Society is not the same and maybe it used to be traditional to get married first. And, yes, maybe there will probably be people that judge you (because that’s what people do… they judge). But, you can’t live your life being beholden to what others believe. What did Lao Tzu say? “Care what people think and you’ll always be their prisoner.” Do you want to be a prisoner to the thoughts of another? Do you live your life for you or live your life for others? You don’t have to get pregnant tonight, right? If you aren’t sure, think about it for a a few week and then make a determination about what is best for you and your fiancé? Having a baby is not an easy decision but I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do and if you decide to have a baby, I will look forward to the pictures!

      Thank you for your kind words. I figure if someone is going to take the time to read and comment that I can certainly thank them for it. Beyond that, I learn best from others and their perspectives. Writing in isolation doesn’t work for me. As for your question, only you and your fiancé can answer that. Nobody can tell you what you should think or feel. We aren’t the one having baby. We won’t be caring for it and we won’t be taking care of it financially. That vital decision has to come from you. But I will say that you should not feel guilty for feeling that way. Society is not the same and maybe it used to be traditional to get married first. And, yes, maybe there will probably be people that judge you (because that’s what people do… they judge). But, you can’t live your life being beholden to what others believe. What did Lao Tzu say? “Care what people think and you’ll always be their prisoner.” Do you want to be a prisoner to the thoughts of another? Do you live your life for you or live your life for others? You don’t have to get pregnant tonight, right? If you aren’t sure, think about it for a a few week and then make a determination about what is best for you and your fiancé? Having a baby is not an easy decision but I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do and if you decide to have a baby, I will look forward to the pictures!

      • Courtney Dercqu
        Courtney Dercqu Influencer
        11mo ago

        Thank you for the advice. I definitely don't want to remain prisoner to someone else's expectations of me. I've always cared too much what others think of me and it ties into the fact that I chose to get married at eighteen. Despite being divorced nearly a decade now, people still being up that "terrible" choice I made and when I bring up my current wedding or discussion of children. I'm constantly met with a comparison to my first marriage and how "dumb" I was. I think all of this makes me feel like people will judge me for making another "mistake"; although maybe this has to tie in to the shame I carry for my earlier decision.

        Thank you for the advice. I definitely don't want to remain prisoner to someone else's expectations of me. I've always cared too much what others think of me and it ties into the fact that I chose to get married at eighteen. Despite being divorced nearly a decade now, people still being up that "terrible" choice I made and when I bring up my current wedding or discussion of children. I'm constantly met with a comparison to my first marriage and how "dumb" I was. I think all of this makes me feel like people will judge me for making another "mistake"; although maybe this has to tie in to the shame I carry for my earlier decision.


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Jan Johnston Osburn
Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities

Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]

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