Who loves a good list? I do, I’ve been big on lists as they really help me. Not only to get my thoughts out of my head.
The area of personal development is probably the Guinness book of Records champion when it comes to lists and advice and I thought I’d add my thoughts to this important subject.
You know my view is that only by combining your personal development activity with your business development activity will you enjoy the Business Growth you’re striving for.
So here’s my List of Lists…we’ll two lists to be more specific:
- One is all about excuses you may have used to not invest in your personal development.
- Two is all about what you can do to take ownership of your personal development
5 Excuses you may have used for not owning Personal Development
Come on be honest it’s just you and me hers, have you ever heard yourself using these excuses?
Excuse 1 – Negative Self Talk -This is probably the biggest barrier to personal growth for the majority of people
- “I’m not as good as her”, or “He is more of a natural at this than me”.
Excuse 2 – Lack of Support -There’s no one around that even understands, let alone supports your desire for personal growth.
- “I want to do it but they won’t give me the time”, or “If I ask I don’t think they will let me”
Excuse 3 – No Clear Goals – Until you know what you want you can’t make a map of how to get there.
- “I’m just to busy with work to write down my personal goals”
Excuse 4 – Playing the Blame Game – Until you take full and total responsibility your chances for personal growth success will be limited at best.
- “I would have done it if she hadn’t had done that”, or “Its only because of him that this didn’t happen”
Excuse 5 – I Know it Anyway – This belief that our ego needs to always be right. Be better-than, more successful than
- “If they had done it my way”, or “If only they had listened to me”
Remember these are 100 % excuses and you 100 % own your personal development!
Ten quick tips that will help you own your self-development plan:
- Start Now – It’s that simple start now and build on what you learn daily
- Take Baby Steps – Break your goals into smaller steps and keep the end result in mind
- Learn From Others – Find a mentor, read books and attend events
- Love Change – You can’t escape it and your plan needs to embrace change
- Be Accountable – You’re responsible, nobody else. If you don’t bother there’s no fairy godmother
- Recognise Your Value– Don’t discount the value in getting better at what you currently do
- Be Deliberate – Make sure you really want to do it. Is your goal and intened outcome aligned?
- Stretch Yourself – Find the middle ground. Goals that are easy or impossible don’t work
- You’ve Got To Love It – Don’t do things if you don’t like doing them. Your goals must match your values.
- Be Resilient – You will hit highs and lows so your development plan needs to be achievable and balanced.