Challenging Yourself To Change Yourself Brings Growth and Prosperity.
Innovation doesn’t come without a little change. Whether you’re hoping to revamp your company or want to focus more on the positive in your life rather than the negative, you must be willing and able to challenge yourself. The easiest example is weight loss related. If you want to lose weight, you’ve got to have the willpower to eat less, learn how to exercise, and do it regularly. It takes time, effort, and willpower, which are all challenges for most people. However, it is an excellent change that will bring forth the benefits of wearing smaller clothes, being healthier, and having more energy. If you would rather focus on the glass as being half-full, you’re already a relatively positive thinker. However, those days when you think the glass is half-empty means that you’re not seizing the opportunities and moment for excellence.
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It is never easy to get over your fears, but when they stop you from doing your job effectively, it’s time to take action. For example, many people are scared of talking on the phone. They’re worried that they won’t relate to their clients or think they’ll fail or embarrass themselves. If you’re like that and you’re in sales, or rely heavily on phone communication, it’s best to focus on that, acknowledge it and do it every day (all day if possible) for one week. After that week, you’ll have learned more about your company, products, and customers, meaning you’ve challenged yourself to change yourself.
Your job position may offer a lot of excitement and challenges, but you shouldn’t think that you’ve got nowhere to go. Attending just one career-related seminar each month can give you a boost and reenergize your passion for your work. If this is a fear for you, refer to the pointer above to give yourself a motivational boost. Read a book about your career path. For example, if you are managing a team you may want to look into HBRs Top Ten Articles on Managing Yourself. Reading a new book will provide a fresh perspective on your career and may open your mind to new ways of doing things that will improve your life and/or your career.
Working all the time may seem beneficial, but it can lead you to burn out. It is important that you know when to stop working at certain points during the day/evening. Most people turn off their work-related things (computers, tablets, phones, etc.) and focus on family time or hobbies at night. If you don’t have any hobbies currently, consider learning a new skill or language. If you feel you have the most energy during a certain point at night you may want to focus on work during that time and downtime during a time when you have less energy. You will still be challenged and could change your personal life as well as your work life. Exercise can also be an excellent way to reenergize yourself during your “downtime”.
What It’s All About
Challenging yourself to change yourself is not all about work, but it does take consistent action and commitment. Whatever changes you are planning to make, keeping a journal and writing down the expected outcome derived from making the change can be a helpful practice. If you keep this type of journal you will quickly learn where you have succeeded and where you are simply failing. You can also look back at your journal and determine if your desired outcome was achieved or if a different outcome came about.