A Sneak Peak at one of my Success Tools; Develop Yourself!
“You can become the expert in your area of interest over time and with a specific, measureable plan.” Joy Pecchia
Read a book about something other than sports. Attend your next local Orchestra Hall symphony event instead of another evening in front of the TV. Take a walk or a bike ride instead of getting in your car.
Better yet, change a habit you wish you didn’t have. A habit of doing depression; having angry outbursts; or using food, alcohol or drugs to control your moods or feelings.
Not only can it be done, in many cases it must be done for you to live a fulfilling life.
It is very tough to do because of this: As we go through life, we act as though we know how our minds work and why we behave the way we do. It’s surprising how often we have no clue.
Even though that may be true, here are five ways to trick your mind into changing and help develop yourself:
5 Ways to develop yourself
- Write it Down or Type it In: Every one of us has made rising out of bed pronouncements like: I’m going to make a change today. Unfortunately, as we all know, that is not enough. Write the goal down. Set a start and end date of not more than 90 days. Note why it’s a must for you to achieve the goal, acknowledge what the obstacles are and what any triggers to relapse might be.
- Be Focused: Often, after a change we lose enthusiasm without allowing time for the new habit to become a part of your life. Give it at least thirty days before reassessing, and be as consistent as you can in following the necessary steps to achieving your goal.
- Stay committed: One way to maintain focus is to initially look at your goals every day and log your progress in a journal. This keeps your mind focused on the goal. It also allows you to chart your progress. Sometimes it’s difficult for clients to see their progress when they’re in the game. Reading your journal allows you to be more objective in your life and acknowledge how far you’ve come.
- Shout it From the Rafters: Let everyone in your inner circle know about your plan. Let them know how they can specifically support you in achieving your goals. Maybe you want them to ask you a question or send you an email to check in – let them know what it is that you need. It’s critical that you set yourself up to have people in your environment who want to support you in being great. This journey is not meant to travel alone.
- Create a Supportive Environment: Spend time in your favorite environment — a favorite room or chair in your home, outside at a nearby park, hiking in the mountains or surfing the waves.And a question for you: Does the environment you spend most of your time in appeal to you? Be sure to surround yourself with favorite photos or artwork, listen to your favorite music, paint a new color that feels good to you, those kinds of things. Remember that sometimes it’s the small things that give you the biggest result.
And a question for you: Does the environment you spend most of your time in appeal to you? Be sure to surround yourself with favorite photos or artwork, listen to your favorite music, paint a new color that feels good to you, those kinds of things. Remember that sometimes it’s the small things that give you the biggest result.
These strategies help leverage your total commitment to the changes. Don’t worry about thinking you might appear silly if you falter. Just keep at it and remember your commitment. It is much easier to make changes when you have a reliable support system. It’s just about impossible to change without one. Surround yourself with others who care about you and who want you to develop yourself to be great.