Improve Yourself and Boost Your Leadership Credibility
Contrary to popular belief, real self-improvement doesn’t take a lifetime. In many cases, it doesn’t even take a long time. In fact, absolutely anyone can get on the road to becoming a better, more productive person and leader by implementing a few simple changes. The following are some excellent examples to consider.
Successful people in general (and great leaders in particular) are never too busy to count their blessings. They understand that the best way to continue prospering is to practice active gratitude for what they already have. Each morning, list three or four things, people, or blessings you’re especially grateful for that day. Reflect on your list throughout the day whenever it occurs to you to do so. Before long, you’ll notice you’re happier, more sensitive, and more apt to recognize great opportunities when they come your way.
It’s not just how you start your day that’s important. How you end it is just as critical, if not more so. Spend the last 10-15 minutes of each work day prepping for the next day’s work. Go over your itinerary, adjusting it accordingly when and where needed. Organize the next day’s meetings and tasks into a comprehensive to-do list. Finish by tidying up your desk, computer, and work area so everything’s all ready to go when you arrive the next day.
Never underestimate the clarity a well-timed breather can bring to your mind! Even just five or ten minutes is enough to improve performance, boost creativity, and re-center your psyche, so definitely don’t skip that coffee break. Enjoy a chat with a friend. Go outside for a brisk walk. Read an article that interests you. You might be surprised at the difference it makes.
Learning isn’t something that should stop once your formal school days are over. The best leaders understand that self-improvement and education should be ongoing pursuits. Decide right now that you’re going to devote a small chunk of time each day to learning something new (e.g. a second language or a handy business skill). It can even be as little as 10 minutes a day if you like. The important thing is to make sure you’re consistent about it.
Of course, these are just a few of the many ways you can make active self-improvement a daily part of your life. It’s all about mindfulness, organization, and cultivating a passion for living that never dies. Imagine where you could be in a year (or five years, or ten years) if you started today!