Do you remember when you decided what you wanted to be when you grow up? And then, you did whatever it took to get there?
Self-development wasn’t a ‘thing’ that other people did. It was, quite simply, a given for you. It was what you did to get to your dream career.
That’s what I did. I decided at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a solicitor. From that point on until I qualified in 2001, every decision I made had my self-development as the main focus. I was smart, super motivated and had loads of ambition. I was going to be a solicitor!
And I did it!
… I became too busy, too overwhelmed and too stressed just trying to do the job of being a solicitor that my self-development focus ground to a halt.
I left the Legal Profession five years after qualifying because, honestly, I didn’t believe I was good enough.
If I’d known then what I know now (hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it), I would have continued my self-development discipline and, who knows, maybe I would still be practising law today?
What I know now is this: Self-development is a FOREVER JOURNEY. It is a process that continues indefinitely, not just a one-off project that you complete.
The more you invest your energy, focus and time in your self-development, the more you will learn, grow and transform yourself, your career and your life.
The challenge is in making your self-development focus one of your top priorities consistently.
It can often feel like you are surrounded by endless demands from those around you – your clients, your boss, your colleagues, your family and friends – not to mention the daily chatter from your inner critic telling you that you have to be perfect… at everything! Consequently, your self-development focus gets shipped off to that wonderful destination of ‘Someday Isle’.
You know Someday Isle right? As in, someday I’ll sign up for that public speaking course or someday I’ll put myself forwards for promotion.
The irony is, when you dedicate the energy, focus and time to your self-development on a consistent basis, your ability to deal with the busyness of your day to day reality improves and the overwhelm and stress reduces.
Here is something for you to consider.
Take some time today to reflect back on the last week and ask yourself ‘how much time/energy/focus did I dedicate to my self-development?’
What about the last month?
The last six months?
The last year?
If you can, write down what you did, when you did it and how it felt when you did it.
If you cannot because, quite frankly, you rarely have time for a lunch break, let alone any self-development focus, spend some time now considering the following:
- What your self-development goals COULD be this year; and
- How you COULD incorporate these into your weekly and monthly priorities
And remember, you do not have to do this alone. If you would like to talk more about how to re-boot your self-development journey, book a complimentary call with me here. Let’s talk.