Are you seeking ways to nurture your personal growth? Continuing education, conferences, DVD/CD programs and coaching are all great ways to improve yourself—but don’t neglect looking inside yourself first.
The difficult questions and the best answers lie within you. If you’re committed to self-development review the following key factors and note where you might be falling short.
Be Responsible – Ask yourself if you own up to every action, every word and every thought you make. Do you give away responsibility with language peppered with “There was a lot of traffic. . .” or “There’s nothing I can do about it.”
Tell the Truth – This isn’t so easy, is it? Tell the truth walks hand-in-hand with being responsible to form a base of integrity. For one full day, pay attention to every slight falsehood you utter.
Show Up – Are you “present” in each moment and with each person you encounter? Show up for yourself, your kids, your clients and everyone else. This doesn’t mean that you give yourself away or spread yourself too thin.
Work Hard – Working smart usually doesn’t come until after you’ve worked hard to get smart enough to work smarter!
Be Coachable – Keep your ears wide open and your mouth closed. Ask for and listen to feedback. Act accordingly.
Play Well with Others – Self explanatory. You don’t have to be friends with everyone but you do need to know how to get along with others. Everyone does not think the same way that you do. Learn to communicate in the way others want to be communicated with, not just the way you like to communicate.
Don’t Get Sick – “Well, that’s not in my control” . . . I can hear it now. Practice good health and take care of your appearance everyday. Do the things you know are good for and let go of the habits that are killing you. Start by adding one good habit and release one harmful habit, rather than trying to change everything at once. If you do get sick, take immediate steps to get well quickly. Avoid making others ill—wash your hands frequently and stay home if you need to.
Get Real – Practice getting truthful with yourself and you’ll develop awareness. Awareness is the ability to see yourself and your intentions before you act. This alone will change your life.
Personal growth is a life-long process. Embrace the challenges and go with the flow rather than fight change.
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