“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is easy to list reasons why you can’t or don’t have the time or capacity to work on self-development. Here are a few you might have uttered yourself:
- “I don’t know where to go to get help.”
- “If I ask, I don’t think they will let me.”
- “I’m just too busy with work to write down my personal goals.”
- “I don’t have the confidence in myself.”
These are simply excuses so don’t forget:
“The aim of life is self-development. To realise one’s nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde
Things to Remember About Self-Development
Top tip #1: Be clear on what you want to improve.
The clearer and more precise you are to yourself about what it is you want to improve the easier it will be to set a goal. Sometimes, you may need to set a goal first to understand what it is you want to change or improve at. For example, rather than saying you want to know more about sales you could be more specific by saying you want to work on closing sales.
Top tip #2: Try to connect with other like-minded individuals.
Finding others who are working on the same self-development goals is a good way to hold yourself accountable e.g. agreeing to attend a course with them, and also push yourself to continue with your goals. Sharing common ground with others is good for staying motivated whilst also learning something you might not have found out going it solo.
Top tip #3: Read, read and read some more.
Improvement comes from knowledge and understanding, knowledge and understanding comes from books, or videos or podcasts. If sitting down with a book isn’t the right way to learn about something, then watch videos or listen to podcasts. Basically, take advantage of all the free media out there to find out who to have as a virtual mentor. Then set some time each day or at least 5 days a week (even just 10 minutes) to learn more about your specific topic.
Top tip #4: Be resilient in creating good habits.
Deciding to make a change, setting self-development goals, telling someone else about them are all very good first baby steps towards enriching your knowledge and skillset but think about the highs and lows. You are likely to hit speed bumps along the way. What will you do to overcome these and stay true to your self-development? Will you use a reward/sanction system, or will you find a role model to look to for inspiration when you hit a grey patch?
Top tip #5: Measure your progress against your self-development goals.
An athlete runs a race with the finish line as the goal but in the longer-term they use the race times to compare against previous races to measure their progress. So is true with your self-development whether that is personal or professional. Being able to measure where they are at allows the athlete the foresight to know when to change factors under their control, e.g. coach, diet, running gear, training regime, etc. If you have a self-development goal of closing sales, you could measure the number of sales closed as a percentage over a period of time such as 3 months.
Why Should You Give Self-Development Priority?
Taking ownership of your self-development gives you a clear sense of direction personally and professionally making decision-making easier and helping you to prioritise what needs doing. Understanding where you are aiming to get to also provides great motivation to act towards your goals.
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