By Mike Schoultz, Digital Spark Marketing
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
Aim high. Explore. Stretch your boundaries. Let yourself fail some. But be sure and put learning in your skill bag. All of these are useful to remember for your personal and professional development.
Are you continuously working on your personal development? A very good idea these days... where change is the name of the game.
If so, consider these 7 top tips on how we focus our clients' employees on their development:
Make a project around your development
Hairdressing icon Vidal Sassoon was famous for having said: 'The only place you'll find success coming before work is in a dictionary'. We have to work on ourselves. Put pressure on ourselves. Critique our days. Give back to society. Be our own very best coaches and cheering squads. All of this applies as much for our personal lives as for our business lives.
Minimize past successes
There is nothing more dangerous to future success than a great last result, is there? We are only as good as our next result. Build on successes through learning. Stay paranoid. Look ahead and not to the past.
Be a priority fanatic
Set a goal to get more of the important things done every day. Be obsessed with getting priorities rights, on what's really important, every day, and make sure you spend the majority of your day on these priorities. These priorities should include your development.
Continue to add connections
Woody Allen said: 85% of the secret of success is just turning up. Turn up to events. Make that phone call. Read that book. Do that training. Have the courage to ask that question. Make the effort. Stay connected to what's happening around you.
Be a continuous learner
Always be curious about everything. Ask yourself questions and then find the answers. Continuously connect the information you are learning for new facts and learning. And most important? Keep developing your ability to learn.
Darwin said it was not the strongest of the species that survived, but the most able to adapt to change. There will be more change in the next five years than we've seen in the past 50. Get excited by change. Be part of the most movements that you can. Help shake things up.
Try and explore new ideas without bringing your old ideas along for the ride. Stand out to be heard. Never reject ideas just because you will not agree with them. Examine and study thoughts before setting them aside.