Do you work harder at your job than you do on yourself?
The knowledge you have attained in your life has got you to the point you are today. Every bit more you put the effort into learning will take you where you are going next. The difference between your life today and your life in 5 years is the books you read and the people you hang out with.
If you aren’t putting the time into personal development; Where are you going? How are you growing?
When I say job, I mean absolutely anything you are passionate about - it might be working for someone else, learning a new instrument, being a teacher, playing sport, writing a blog, starting a new business. Knowledge and skills in these areas will only get you so far. You need to get busy learning outside of this time. Success is an inside job and personal development will set you apart from the crowd.
The best way to work on this is to invest your time developing a Growth Mindset.
A growth mindset thrives on a challenge, sees failure NOT as evidence of unintelligence but as an opportunity for growth and developing our existing abilities.
Life as we all know has many ups and downs (take the present state of the world in a pandemic for example). Setbacks happen everywhere to everyone, all the time. Getting a bad grade. Losing a tournament. Getting fired. Getting rejected. On one hand, you can take your setback to mean you aren’t talented or intelligent enough, however, this leaves you with no room to grow. Alternatively, you choose a growth mindset and see setbacks as part of the bumpy road to success. Failure is utilised as moments of learning and opportunities to pivot and thrive.
Having a growth mindset impacts your behaviour and your relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately your capacity for happiness. It’s based on each of us having unlimited potential. After all, how can we know what we are capable of until we try, and fail, and try again?
So how do you invest in developing a growth mindset? Yes, read that again. You develop a growth mindset; you aren’t just born with it. It takes commitment, effort, and work ethic. Read books, listen to podcasts, meditate, journal, reflect, visualise, research, be vulnerable & surround yourself with people who help you grow. Work on perseverance, expect tricky moments, and practice using your resilience muscle to get back up. Again, and again, and again.
Every moment you have choices on how you see situations. You decide if the cup is 1/2 full or 1/2 empty. These choices add up to if you have a great day or a bad day. Upgrading your mindset will give you an upgrade in the quality of your life, your relationships, and your job. Ironically all this takes place outside the office or school.
Challenge yourself, shift the way you perceive the world, and share this with anyone you feel might need it.