Why Is Self-Improvement Vital for your Success?
“When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” ~Anonymous
In running a team, department, or business the day-to-day operations can exhaust all our time and energy. The marketplace is a demanding environment, the grind can leave a person empty and tired. Often it is easier to stay busy in the work, and to ignore being intentional in your personal growth. Self-improvement is one of the few areas that is going to develop you into the type of leader needed to succeed – in the present job and the next. People attract success by becoming a better person. Intentionally becoming a better person forces you to observe and think about where you are and where you want you, your team, department, or business to be. Improving yourself, improves your opportunities and helps you get out of the behavioral ruts that can easily stop a person from growing. As Will Rogers once said: “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll still get run over if you just sit there.”
Here are 5 reasons why self-improvement needs to be part of any leaders’ daily habits:
- New ways of thinking: The marketplace is demanding and constantly changing. When one challenge is successfully met, another is waiting around the corner. Personal development prepares you to live and thrive through the next challenge. Personal development will open new ways of seeing things. It will validate some of your thinking and challenge some of your thinking, introducing you to an entirely new and fresh approach.
- Efficiency and effectiveness: Improvement and development are about acquiring new skills to move forward and reach new levels of fulfilment. Learning and perfecting new skills is a struggle but doing so allows you to move out of your comfort zone and grow new skills. What once took all day to accomplish, now takes 5 minutes.
- Portability: All your self-improvement experiences go where you go. If you move, change jobs, or take on new projects, all those improvements go with you. Having new skills, new knowledge and the wisdom of the sages in your head may open new opportunities for you to get a seat at the decision table.
- Self-worth: Self-improvement can accelerate self-worth and fulfilment. I often feel a new spirit of hope and enthusiasm when practicing self-improvement. For example, it can be as simple as reading about a successful person and how they succeeded. Those stories help me unlock solutions and give me courage to press on.
- Character: Most self-improvement plans are based in repetition, simply doing it again and again to gain strength and knowledge. Repetition builds consistency in habits and character. It may be eating healthy, working out or reading. Doing it over and over again, makes it a part of your lifestyle.
Self-improvement can be a competitive advantage for you. The key is consistency. Self-improvement habits come in many forms. Reading, praying, attending conferences, taking classes, exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, or meeting people who are ahead of where you are.
“Treat yourself as you are, and you will remain as you are. Treat yourself as you could be, and you will become what you should be.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Whatever you do, don’t just sit there – keep growing your self-improvement habits.