“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar
Maybe not the most thrilling quote, but one that I always look back to from time to time.
Self improvement is a tricky thing, mostly because our arrogance prevents us from thinking we need to.
On one hand, when you’re already successful at what you do, you probably think “Why do I need to improve? I’m already winning.”
Or on the other: “What’s the point, I’m a failure.”
These cases may ring true for some of you, however, it’s always good to get into practice of critically looking at yourself and seeing if you need to improve in some areas of life.
Doing so will allow you to spot any deficiencies in some zones you may not be paying attention to.
You could be outstanding at your career, but failing in your relationships. Great in your friendships, but mentally drained.
It’s hard work to keep an eye of all the areas of life, which is why it is so often ignored.
If you’re unfamiliar with any of this, below are a few areas that you may be able to identify with:
This is your social life. Relationships with your partner, friendships you have, colleagues from work, and family back home. This can be further broken into four separate subgroups for further examination.
Look at your past, present, and future when thinking of your jobs. What do you tend to do well in? What bad habits do you still carry? Looking at how you behave and interact with others in the workplace can have lasting impacts on not only your career trajectory, but also how you perform on a day to day basis.
How are you doing personally? Reflect on consistent emotions, track past behaviour, and try to plot out how you are mentally doing over a given time period. Although not exactly the easiest thing, try to keep an idea of how your performance – both good and bad. Doing so will provide you with a better picture with why certain things turned out the way they did, and how you should tackle similar circumstances in the future.
This is a bit of a wildcard, but a very important one. Use this as an opportunity to fill any set goals you may be working towards. Whether its a vacation, learning something new, or a milestone in your life – constant progression in what you feel is important is key to self improvement.
Still want to learn more about self improvement? Here’s an article I found to be quite an out-of-the-box approach.
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