The answers you seek are in these 7 tips on how you can be committed to your self-development for continuous growth. After mastering these strategies, you will gain control of your destiny and feel supercharged.
1. Build Self-Development Through Knowledge
Do you often feel unprepared or find yourself making frequent mistakes?
Self-development is taking action to replace doubt with knowledge. Continuous growth means expanding beyond your comfort level and continually gaining new information to accomplish your goals.
And what about days when you seem to make one error after another? The truth is, mistakes will occur—it happens for everyone. If the fault is yours, own up to it, and let it go. As author Maya Angelou says:
“When you know better, you do better.”
2. Visualize Your Potential for Personal Growth
Are you struggling to understand the next steps in achieving your goals?
Growth comes from knowing how to manifest your aspirations. Imagining anticipated success brings clarity and reveals the actions needed to achieve your objective.
Begin by breaking larger goals down into realistic steps: If a vision seems too large, it may feel out of reach. Practice visualizing your purpose any time you feel stuck, and stay open to making adjustments along the way.
3. Develop Self-Confidence and Expand Your Abilities
When was the last time you volunteered for a project before being asked? Does hesitation hold you back from success?
Having confidence means believing in yourself and your unique expertise. Take a moment and repeat the following:
“I am worth it. I value my position at work. I deserve to be successful.”
Say it often and with conviction because your brain will interpret it as fact and you will soon believe it.
Remind yourself of your strengths. Start by focusing on smaller abilities then build-up to bigger ones:
I am a great cook. I am an amazing singer. I am an invaluable executive.
Do You Think About Giving Up and Walking Away?
Wanting to resign may be a sign of low self-esteem on the job. When life gets overwhelming, the impulse to walk away can be strong, but before giving up, ask yourself 3 questions:
- Why do I want to leave?
- How will it benefit me to ditch this right now?
- Who will I let down if I quit?
Self-growth naturally happens when you push through, so remind yourself that feelings are temporary. Take a break and contemplate the big picture because it is easy to lose the ability to think clearly in the heat of the moment.
Consider finding an accountability partner for motivation, decide that giving up is not an option, and stay focused on your goals.
4. Grow Your Productivity by Making a Plan
Do you struggle with managing your time? Is procrastination a constant challenge?
Poor time management will slow your growth.
The simplest way to start improving in this area is by creating a plan and sticking to it. Using a daily organizer or calendar will help you become more efficient and stay on track.
According to Trevor Bibic a personal trainer:((The BMJ: How Do I Improve My Time Management Skills))
“Good time managers take a few minutes at the start of their day to prioritize tasks and consider how much time is needed to perform them.”
When filling out your planner, note daily, weekly, and monthly items, and include all deadlines, personal appointments, and meetings. Know how long these events will take and schedule appropriately.
At the same time, do not be too strict with your time. Avoid filling in every block of time or you will set yourself up for failure. Structure your day around what needs to be done, but stay flexible and leave room for unknowns that may pop up—they always do.
5. Improve Your Focus and Make Big Strides
Is focus a challenge? Are you easily distracted at work?
Interruptions may be all around you—the beautiful sun shining through the window, a conversation between co-workers, and even conflicts at home are a distraction from work. Staying focused takes mental strength and requires mastering the art of avoiding distractions, but it will keep you productive.
Here are 4 tips:
- Remind yourself of the significance of your job. Knowing its value will improve your focus.
- Reduce the chance of being distracted. Keep your cell phone on vibrate or tucked away.
- Concentrate on just one task at a time. This will tighten your focus and reduce feeling overwhelmed.
- Use noise-canceling headphones or earbuds. If possible, block out all office chatter and noise.
6. Create Routines to Reduce Stress and Expand Growth
Is getting up in the morning and out the door on time a daily stressor?
If growth in this area is needed, a morning routine is definitely in order. Indumathi Bendi, M.D., a primary care physician at Piedmont says:((Piedmont HealthCare: Why Routines are Good for Your Health))
“Carrying out routine activities reduces stress by making the situation appear more controllable and predictable. Preparedness is a key way to prevent stress.”
That sounds good on paper, but how do you make it happen in real life? Follow the early bird catches the worm concept. Rising earlier will give you time to get ready, process what the day has in store, and focus mentally.
Starting your day earlier also means you can finally get in that workout, eat breakfast, and stop worrying about traffic making you late.
Here are 3 ideas for your morning routine:
- Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. There’s no need to conquer Mt. Everest in a single day. Each week thereafter, increase the time by 15 minutes until you arrive at your wake-up goal.
- Keep your alarm clock out of reach. Getting up to turn it off will literally have you out of bed and on the go.
- Once awake, immediately make your bed. It is far less appealing to crawl back under the covers when you have taken the time to make your bed look so tidy.
Are You Staying Healthy by Getting Enough Sleep at Night?
Creating a bedtime practice that allows you to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night is a game-changer. Any sleep expert will tell you having healthy nighttime habits is essential for good sleep. Be patient since it could take 3 to 4 weeks to establish a solid routine, and there may be occasional setbacks.
Here are 3 ideas for your evening routine:
- Set a regular bedtime each night. Stay as consistent as possible.
- Wind down in the evening. Be intentional about skipping things that energize, such as caffeine, exercise, conversations, or upbeat music.
- Avoid bringing your cell phone to bed. Blue light emitted by electronic devices is known to interfere with sleep hormones, so keep it tucked away.
7. Increase Energy by Challenging Your Body and Mind
Do you often find yourself dragging at work with no idea how to make it to five o’clock?
Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law states:((Live Science: Newton’s Laws of Motion.))
“A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.”
That concept is great in theory, but how do you stay energized at work when being in constant motion is not an option?
Try the following:
- Organize a snack drawer or lunch box. Eating healthy foods (fruits, nuts, yogurt, protein bars) throughout the day keeps your body energized by increasing blood flow and brain function.
- Stay hydrated. This will invigorate your body and the mind, but avoid too many caffeinated drinks, which can lift you up then make you crash hard.
- Take a walk. The movement and oxygen will boost your energy and provide exercise, which is always a plus for the mind and body.
- Try a 5-minute meditation. Find a private, quiet place to sit then get comfortable and close your eyes. Wiggle your toes, stretch your back, let your body relax, and focus on slowing down your breathing until you feel rejuvenated.
The key to continual growth and reaching your goals is in taking specific action steps.
Sit down and do a realistic self-assessment of different areas in your life—education, aspirations, beliefs, focus, and daily habits. Be honest with yourself, and identify where there is room for improvement. By taking ownership of your life, you are setting a course to accomplish anything you desire.
Start by committing to these 7 tips on how you can be committed to self-development and watch your success skyrocket!