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How to Commit to Self-Development for Continuous Growth

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How to Commit to Self-Development for Continuous Growth

Everyone wants to improve themselves, and we all want to grow in all aspects of our lives. All of us aspire for self-development for continuous growth. However, committing to it is a different thing altogether. Now, you may be wondering how you can be committed to your self-development.

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.

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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.

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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:[1]

“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.

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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:[2]

“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:

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  • 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:[3]

“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.

Final Thoughts

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!

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14 Ways to Cultivate a Lifetime Reading Habit

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14 Ways to Cultivate a Lifetime Reading Habit
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham

Somewhere after “lose weight”, “stop procrastinating”, and “fall in love”, “read more” is one of the top goals that many people set for themselves. And rightly so: A good book can be hugely satisfying, can teach you about things beyond your daily horizons, and can create characters so vivid you feel as if you really know them.

If reading is a habit you’d like to get into, there are a number of ways to cultivate it.

First, realize that reading is highly enjoyable, if you have a good book. If you have a lousy book (or an extremely difficult one) and you are forcing yourself through it, it will seem like a chore. If this happens for several days in a row, consider abandoning the book and finding one that you’ll really love.

Other than that, try these tips to cultivate a lifetime reading habit:

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1. Set times

You should have a few set times during every day when you’ll read for at least 5-10 minutes. These are times that you will read no matter what — triggers that happen each day. For example, make it a habit to read during breakfast and lunch (and even dinner if you eat alone). And if you also read every time you’re sitting on the can, and when you go to bed, you now have four times a day when you read for 10 minutes each — or 40 minutes a day. That’s a great start, and by itself would be an excellent daily reading habit. But there’s more you can do.

2. Always carry a book

Wherever you go, take a book with you. When I leave the house, I always make sure to have my drivers license, my keys and my book, at a minimum. The book stays with me in the car, and I take it into the office and to appointments and pretty much everywhere I go, unless I know I definitely won’t be reading (like at a movie). If there is a time when you have to wait (like at a doctor’s office or at the DMV), whip out your book and read. Great way to pass the time.

3. Make a list

Keep a list of all the great books you want to read. You can keep this in your journal, in a pocket notebook, on your personal home page, on your personal wiki, wherever. Be sure to add to it whenever you hear about a good book, online or in person. Keep a running list, and cross out the ones you read.

Tech trick: create a Gmail account for your book list, and email the address every time you hear about a good book. Now your inbox will be your reading list. When you’ve read a book, file it under “Done”. If you want, you can even reply to the message (to the same address) with notes about the book, and those will be in the same conversation thread, so now your Gmail account is your reading log too.

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4. Find a quiet place

Find a place in your home where you can sit in a comfortable chair (don’t lay down unless you’re going to sleep) and curl up with a good book without interruptions. There should be no television or computer near the chair to minimize distractions, and no music or noisy family members/roommates. If you don’t have a place like this, create one.

5. Reduce television/Internet

If you really want to read more, try cutting back on TV or Internet consumption. This may be difficult for many people. Still, every minute you reduce of Internet/TV, you could use for reading. This could create hours of book reading time.

6. Read to your kid

If you have children, you must, must read to them. Creating the reading habit in your kids is the best way to ensure they’ll be readers when they grow up … and it will help them to be successful in life as well. Find some great children’s books, and read to them. At the same time, you’re developing the reading habit in yourself … and spending some quality time with your child as well.

7. Keep a log

Similar to the reading list, this log should have not only the title and author of the books you read, but the dates you start and finish them if possible. Even better, put a note next to each with your thoughts about the book. It is extremely satisfying to go back over the log after a couple of months to see all the great books you’ve read.

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8. Go to used book shops

My favorite place to go is a discount book store where I drop off all my old books (I usually take a couple of boxes of books) and get a big discount on used books I find in the store. I typically spend only a couple of dollars for a dozen or more books, so although I read a lot, books aren’t a major expense. And it is very fun to browse through the new books people have donated. Make your trip to a used book store a regular thing.

9. Have a library day

Even cheaper than a used book shop is a library, of course. Make it a weekly trip.

10. Read fun and compelling books.

Find books that really grip you and keep you going. Even if they aren’t literary masterpieces, they make you want to read — and that’s the goal here. After you have cultivated the reading habit, you can move on to more difficult stuff, but for now, go for the fun, gripping stuff. Stephen King, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Nora Roberts, Sue Grafton, Dan Brown … all those popular authors are popular for a reason — they tell great stories. Other stuff you might like: Vonnegut, William Gibson, Douglas Adams, Nick Hornby, Trevanian, Ann Patchett, Terry Pratchett, Terry McMillan, F. Scott Fitzgerald. All excellent storytellers.

11. Make it pleasurable

Make your reading time your favorite time of day. Have some good tea or coffee while you read, or another kind of treat. Get into a comfortable chair with a good blanket. Read during sunrise or sunset, or at the beach.

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12. Blog it

One of the best ways to form a habit is to put it on your blog. If you don’t have one, create one. It’s free. Have your family go there and give you book suggestions and comment on the ones you’re reading. It keeps you accountable for your goals.

13. Set a high goal

Tell yourself that you want to read 50 books this year (or some other number like that). Then set about trying to accomplish it. Just be sure you’re still enjoying the reading though — don’t make it a rushed chore.

14. Have a reading hour or reading day

If you turn off the TV or Internet in the evening, you could have a set hour (perhaps just after dinner) when you and maybe all the members of your family read each night. Or you could do a reading day, when you (and again, your other family members if you can get them to join you) read for practically the whole day. It’s super fun.

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