— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here’s a truth you can go all in on…
There is a process, a proven way by which all health, wealth and happiness is accumulated, amplified, and multiplied…and once you master this process, you will have found the real secret to success.
Your ability to expand and improve your capabilities…of actively going to work on yourself and getting better every day is the greatest gift you can give yourself and to the world.
The journey begins with an understanding that…SUCCESS IS A FULL TIME JOB.
A moments reflection will provide all the evidence you need to support this understanding…
There will never be a day of your life that does not require commitment, discipline, accountability, good judgment, integrity, a positive attitude…and the feeling that you can become a better version of who you were yesterday.
Each day offers opportunities to expand and improve your capabilities…and each moment serves as an advance or retreat in the pursuit of your goals.
Personal development, ongoing growth, expanding and improving your capabilities is a lifelong pursuit because life is a work in progress.
You never totally arrive; there’s always going to be some polishing to do, knowledge to gain and love to deepen.
Self-development ends only when you run out of time…which means you are, and will always be, a self in evolution.
Who among us can’t improve a little as a parent, child, spouse, friend, citizen, leader or employee?
Not one of us is perfect…not one of us walks the straight and narrow line all the time. The absence of perfection leaves the door open for expanding and improving your capabilities.
Your fight is not external; it lays internally — mastery over self.
The aim of personal development…of expanding your capabilities is self-mastery. If you are to dominate events and experience greater levels of performance, you must first learn to dominate and master yourself.
Let there be no doubt: as long as you continue to blame others instead of assuming your responsibilities, you will make no meaningful and enduring change for the better.
What kind of people are we, if we don’t have the character to own up to our own shortcomings and responsibilities?
To have and enjoy certain liberties requires us to hold each other and ourselves accountable for our actions.
Once you take full responsibility for everything in your your life…you gain the power to change anything in your life.
BECOME A BETTER YOU
Expanding and increasing your capabilities is dependent upon you becoming a better person.
It’s a solo act, which requires contemplative thought, behavior modification, along with a healthy dose of humility.
Consider the following:
• To enjoy a better life, you must first become a better person.
• If you want to be a better manager, become a better person.
• If you want to become a better parent, become a better person.
• If you want to be a better doctor, become a better person.
• If you aspire to greater spheres of health, wealth and happiness, become a better person.
One well-executed idea — or just one person who’s attracted to you because of what you’ve become and what you’re capable of doing…can change your life immediately and forever.
That’s why goal setting should primarily focus on yourself — on actively challenging yourself to become the best person you can possibly become…so people and opportunity are attracted into your life.
You either get the importance of that or you do not.
You must continually seek to expand and improve your capabilities for the purpose of developing a balanced philosophy of life…and then live in accordance with the dictates of that philosophy.
CAPABILITIES + CONFIDENCE = MASSIVE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
The only sure source of lasting competitive advantage is knowledge. Your ability to expand and improve your capabilities…to improve and learn faster than your competitors may indeed be your only sustainable competitive advantage.
Propelled by the competitive imperatives of speed, global responsiveness and the need to innovate constantly or perish, expanding and improving your capabilities has become the essential hedge against extinction.
Perhaps most difficult of all…ongoing personal development and growth means surfacing and re-examing all those assumptions that operate today in your life and business.
It’s about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it’s also crucial to unlearn old knowledge and capabilities that have outlived its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning.
Self-improvement, expanding and increasing your capabilities starts with a few questions:
• How should I live my life so that I am fulfilled content?
• Am I becoming the person I was meant to be?
• For me to make more money, what habits must I begin to initiate?
• What should I begin doing today in order to leave a lasting legacy once I’m gone?
• Which behavioral vices must be removed and replaced with virtues?
• How can I can contribute and make myself more useful as a human being?
Answers to questions like these require an intense evaluation of your life.
Nothing surpasses finding a weakness early in your career and dealing with it before it has a chance to spread and negatively affect future opportunities.
That why I always recommend paying special attention to the patterns you see again and again.
Judicious self-development means you no longer draw the blinds on what you abhor or settling only for a small squeak of what’s possible.
Concentrate your energies on what needs development and how you can perform better. Don’t play games by denying the reality of a certain part of your character or personality because it’s easy and convenient through the creation of false perceptions.
Expect skepticism. Personal development, expanding and increasing your capabilities is a kind of “damned if you do… damned if you don’t” situation.
If you don’t improve people will say that you should. When you do change, they are disbelieving. Improve anyway!
The great treasures of life are found in the smallest events in your daily living. The daily life is the setting and stage for our own drama.
You fail or succeed according to how you handle the ordinary, commonplace events. It is in apparently trivial and routine events that you most clearly show who you are and how you have matured.
You write, produce, and act out your own drama. Life is fired at you point-blank; you must constantly decide what to do with it.
Life is an ongoing journey, with lots of beginnings and continuations.
You will never get to a point when all knowledge is attained and understood, when your body function flawlessly, when you completely honor your values, and achieve every goal.
You get better when you do better…and you do better when you actively work to expand and increase your capabilities!
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