What’s the difference between buried or planted? Something is buried when it is finished and there is no more potential. However, a planted seed is something which will grow and blossom. So, are you buried or planted? If you are buried, you have given up. If you are planted, you are just getting started. It is your outlook which determines which situation applies to you.

As a planted seed, you are poised for personal growth, which yields numerous benefits. Growth boosts your emotional intelligence, overcomes procrastination, exercises your mind and body, enables you to take responsibility for your life, and boosts your productivity.

Start your growth by committing to doing more than you think possible. Break through the constraints of your comfort zone, which keep you buried. Don’t get buried by conventional wisdom or naysayer’s negative criticism.

Break through your fears. Do what you are afraid to do. Think of fear as False Evidence Appearing Real. Succumbing to fear keeps you buried by preventing growth. Fear of failure is one of the most powerful limiting factors you’ll encounter.

Dream big. Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve. Challenge yourself mentally and physically. Achieving worthwhile goals takes effort. Avoid the path of least resistance because it leads nowhere meaningful. Strive for objectives which seem out of reach. Don’t settle for less than you want because you think it’s easier.

Education is a lifelong pursuit. Devote at least 20 minutes a week learning one new thing. This technique fuels your growth on a regular basis. The more you know, the more you can accomplish.

Maintain an open mind. You never know where good ideas will originate. Be willing to adjust your path to take advantage of opportunities which may arise unexpectedly. Adapt and adjust to circumstances as needed.

Physical wellbeing is intertwined with your mental wellbeing. Growth is dependent on a healthy foundation. Taking care of your body involves proper diet and exercise. Eat foods that enhance how you feel. Engage in at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise three to five times each week. Just taking a brisk walk does wonders.

Engage in a positive plan of action. Do something productive each and every day which contributes to your growth. Making this a habit leads to amazing results and prevents stagnation. Any journey is completed by taking a series of steps.

Cut free from the constraints of your past. Clutching onto your past keeps you buried. The actions you take today are what matter. Repeat behavior which has been successful. Eliminate action which has created problems.

Excuses keep you buried. Formulate reasons to succeed instead of conjuring up excuses for failure. Once a problem is identified, devote yourself to finding the solutions which always exist. Becoming a great problem solver is an invaluable skill.

Effective time management keeps you growing. Focus on productivity where you are working towards specific goals. Eliminate displacement activity which drains your energy without accomplishing anything.

Doing what you love greatly facilitates growth. You’ll look forward to pursuing a desirable objective at every opportunity. Your internal drive won’t allow you to quit. You will make this type of goal a priority.

Utilize self-monitoring to maintain your growth track. Self-monitoring is a feedback loop where you are constantly in touch with your actions and results. Self-monitoring enables you to make corrections in order to maximize your effectiveness. If you start to drift off course, you will be able to make adjustments as needed.

Employ these strategies to constantly grow. Through repetition they will become engrained habits. Don’t allow your future to become buried. You can make each day a wonderful, rewarding experience.

NOW AVAILABLE: “Dare to Live Without Limits,” the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.

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