Every day we wake up with the intention of spending a more productive 24 hours than the last, but how? You see, many people set goals for their work, school, and several other areas in their life, however, personal development really should be a staple in their monthly and yearly goals.
Here are six ways to focus on your own self development…
1. Read Books
From Fortune 500 leaders to the clear majority of people on the Forbes lists, everybody has their list of books you should read. Whether it’s to improve your time management, your productivity, or your mindset, each of these world leaders offer suggestions on what they are reading. Fully over 80% of the top movers and shakers in the world read daily and one survey showed that the Top CEOs read up to 60 books per year, that’s more than 1 per week. Whether it’s an e-book, a regular book, or even an audio book, absorbing the information from a book a week is not unreasonable. So, the first suggestion I would make would be to read no less than 2 books per month.
2. Learn a New Language
Actual statistics from studies show that learning a new language increases IQ levels. What better way to self-improvement than distinguishing yourself from the crowd by speaking a different language? There is also the added benefit of finding your way around easily when you are on that trip to a foreign country that you have on your goals list for next year.
3. Wake up Early
Another very important key to self-improvement is self-control, and sleep is one of those factors where even some of the staunchest seem to cave. Learning to wake up early is one of the best ways to gain or improve self-control, it ranks right up there with eating healthy and exercising. Not only does it give you the upper hand against sleep, but it also provides you a head start against most people in the world who tend to sleep in. Remember fully 72% of top producers acknowledge getting up early as a key contributor to their success, with an average wake up time of 4:55am.
4. Learn from People Who Inspire You
You must have a few people who you look up to. They could be your family, someone around town or if you have access, people who have made an impact in the world. Notice their habits, see how they are around people, what attire they prefer, how they carry themselves at good times and bad, be a student of their success. All these things matter and to some it means everything. Being smart, wealthy, or having a celebrity status means little, if you don’t have the class to know how to conduct yourself. Find a mentor for all things in life, it likely won’t be the same person for all areas of life but have someone to look at and model after. Remember, they might not have all the answers, but they can guide you in the right direction.
It might sound clichéd, but a healthy mind is only a product of a healthy body, for which you need to work out regularly. Whether it’s weightlifting, jogging, or yoga, making time for exercise is vastly important to your personal development. It aids in finding balance in your life provides an outlet for stress, and keeps your body functioning properly.
One tip on exercise, find something that you enjoy doing and do that, if not, if you hate what you are doing for exercise, you won’t do it and hence there is no value, so find something you really enjoy!
6. Quit a Bad Habit
Lastly, it is imperative that on your path to self-improvement, that you learn to admit your short-comings. Recognize your bad habits and delve into what impact that has on your life, and how it limits your ability to grow or at least grow faster. Spend some time to recognize which habits of yours are destructive, and quit them, TODAY! I shared a blog a few weeks ago about how to get rid of bad habits, so I won’t elaborate more. However, you must know and understand, that if you don’t learn how to break these poor habits, they will have a control over you that will stunt even the most productive people from effective self-development.
I could probably have come up with more, but as I reviewed my list, these 6 seemed to resonate the most as the ones having the biggest impact on self-development. Start with these 6 and then circle back to ensure you are doing the most you can with this list. At that point, my guess is you won’t need a tip sheet, you’ll already be on the fast track to achieving the growth and development you are looking for.
Thanks again, till next week.