Growth

Growth is a Goal where we focus externally (which is the opposite of the internal focus of Re-Evaluation Goals) by having particular Goals where we can measure our progress to date. Individuals with a Goal of Growth tend to establish Goals in a time framework that can be concretely measured by some achievement. For example, earning a college degree, buying a house, getting pregnant, getting a promotion, etc. The more concrete and tangible the Goal is, the more likely it is a motivational focus which organizes our activities in a way that can clearly be identified as working for a particular outcome. In this way, individuals with a Goal of Growth seek to externalize their inner accomplishments by anchoring them in an outer way so that everyone can see and validate them.

Growth supports the individual in jumping into new experiences, into learning life’s lessons as fast as possible. It is a Group Inspiration goal. Growth is one expanded engagement, where we externalize and focus on manifesting selected results. Our extroverted approach tends to include others in our process easily. We like to engage all options and possibilities and can see the value in interacting with others in passionate ways. Our emotional well-being drives us to develop more personal approaches with others, even though we like to focus ourselves in ways that produce results. Our aspirations help us build the inner qualities necessary to manifest our outer intentions.

The challenge, of course, is that they can be the most outwardly embarrassed and made fun of when they don’t accomplish their goals, as well. In other words, individuals with a Goal of Growth can either appear to be the most successful or the most unsuccessful in their accomplishments. This leads some individuals to not share their goals with others in advance. Most individuals in a Goal of Growth are willing to put up with the negative reactions of others and manifest their commitment to a goal by taking the outward steps necessary to accomplish it. It is their step-by-step approach that allows them to feel inspired and admired by the group that supports them. In this way, they are willing to evolve in a consistent way that encourages them to develop their skills so that they work smarter and not just harder.

Individuals with a Goal of Growth usually find ourselves in periodic ebbs and flows where either we take on too much, which drives us to simplify our lives in order to gain more momentum before we take on more things that will eventually slow us down. This cyclic behavior can eventually be neutralized when an individual fully actualizes their power to operate on a more even keel in accomplish their goals. Otherwise, we find that the peaks of the cycle require us to do some major re-evaluation to simplify their circumstances before they can Re-Engage fully at the bottom of the cycle. They also tend to do best when they have periodic vacations or breaks in activity, which allow them to regain a sense of momentum when they come back refreshed.

The most effective way to identify an individual with a Goal of Growth is the degree with which the outwardly engage possibilities around them. Individuals with a Goal of Growth lean into their growth and actively seek new ways of dealing with things. One of the primary criteria is to engage reality directly so that we can respond more fully. This is frequently reflected in a person taking on more responsibility than they know what to do with. The tendency to be over-responsible is an indication that an individual is seeking to actualize themselves on larger levels. Many people believe that we can also tell these people by their tendency to lean forward and by the growth lines around their eyes. Of course we think these are slight exaggerations and it is easier to identify people by their willingness to engage things as they come up.

Individuals who are doing well in a Goal of Growth are eager, aggressive and evolutionary in their beliefs. They don’t stand still and they don’t necessarily accept the status quo. If something doesn’t work, it should be fixed and improved. On the other hand, individuals who are overwhelmed by a Goal of Growth tend to be confused, disassociated and even absent-minded in their disengagement process. Growth individuals who are burned out can even over-complicate situations and make it impossible for others to support them. This is because they tend to isolate themselves as a way of recovering their energy.

The difference between a Goal of Growth and Growth imprinting is that the Imprinting focuses on outer appearances while an individual in a Goal of Growth focuses on the inner qualities. Growth imprinting tends to talk about what they want to do without jumping into do it. Growth imprinted individuals push themselves to keep performing without accomplishing what they intend. This is why a Growth imprinted individual tends to complicate things superficially believing that this indicates their commitment. When a person is really in a Goal of Growth, they simplify their contribution by going deeper into it, allowing it to unfold in its own time. Individuals who are imprinted with Growth get fearful that they aren’t accomplishing things quickly enough and tend to get stuck because they judge themselves more for what they don’t do.

Growth-imprinted individuals become very attached to establishing every possible option they can think of without just doing one and then making changes as needed. While Growth-imprinted individuals work on a horizontal level, individuals with a Goal of Growth work on a vertical dimension where they make changes on the fly as needed. This is because individuals with a Goal of Growth know that they just have to keep engaging on a deeper and deeper level until the reach an obstacle and they trust their ability to modify their course of action as they go.

Individuals who embody the goal of growth as an authentic expression manifest an openness and interest in exploring new possibilities. Other people experience these individuals as flexible and fluid, and can easily feel caught up in the passion of the moment. When we have growth imprinting, we end up commonly overextending ourselves, so that we want to engage things, but feel that we will not be successful in the process. Other individuals react to our growth imprinting by attempting not to give us too much information or feedback at one time. Growth imprinted individuals tend to react to others trying to schedule or slow them down. The ironic thing about growth imprinting is that we seem to want to maximize the amount of frustration we feel, believing it is a sign of our greatness. This is because we think that all leaders take on the issues of others around them in order to demonstrate their power and capability.

Primary Contribution—To complete major dramas or life tasks by constantly inspiring ourselves forward to keep on our developmental path.
Responsive characteristics— Evolution, willing to take on challenges, eager, progressive.
Primary Issue—To work smarter, not longer or based on quantity, improve the quality of our work.
Reactive characteristics—Confusion, complicated, absent-minded, internal at the cost of others, afraid of appearances.
Identifying Characteristics—Growth lines, different eyes, tend to lean forward. We say “I’ll do anything once.” We go through growth cycles, taking on too much, then simplifying too far. This keeps us always slightly off balance.
Percentage of population with this goal: 40%.

Examples
Carrie Fisher - Actress and Author (discrimination and dominance imprinting)
Shirley MacLaine -Actress and Author (discrimination and dominance and acceptance imprinting)
Rosie O’Donnell -TV Personality and Actress (dominance and discrimination imprinting)
Jessie Jackson -African American Political Leader (acceptance, submission and dominance imprinting)
Spike Lee -Director (acceptance and discrimination imprinting)
Arthur C. Clarke -Author (discrimination imprinting)
Lucille Ball -Comedienne (dominance and acceptance imprinting)
Donald Trump -Entrepreneur (dominance and acceptance imprinting)

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