During our lifetime we go through a lot of education and training. For some people it is continuous, for others it is sporadic and for some it ends after high school.
We normally get career or on the job training from the people we work with because they want us to be good at our job. However, they are not usually interested in us becoming better as individuals, but they are more interested in our learning a new process or completing our current work related tasks in a better way.
But does this make us better overall? Well, not really, because it is only job related training that is being addressed.
So when we say personal growth what do we mean?
‘Personal growth’ is defined by many experts, as the understanding and development of oneself in order to reach one’s fullest potential.
As you can imagine, it covers a lot!
It is obvious that job related training is only a small part of one’s personal growth. Personal growth can involve emotional, intellectual, spiritual, psychological and physical aspects. So simply put, personal growth is really all about overall self-improvement.
So why is personal growth so important?
Well, number one it strengthens the belief in ourselves, that we can do whatever we want to do. It also teaches us how to be resilient and cope with any set backs. And finally it gives us additional tools to help us deal with our personal lives.
Personal growth is essential in the network marketing business model. That is why it is included in most training programs. Because personal growth leads to greater self confidence and belief in oneself, which leads to greater success in the business.
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ~ Jim Rohn
I had no idea about personal growth until I was introduced to it by my business colleague when I was a retail store franchise owner in my mid 20s. She brought me out to a Brian Tracy weekend seminar and wow, what an eye opener – this is when a whole new world opened up of discovering my own true potential! Since that time, I have immersed myself in continuous self-development courses, books and programs and have also developed my own and written a business book to teach others in our profession.
So let me give you a few ways to help yourself increase personal growth in your own business.
1. Attend events.
There is no better venue for personal growth – they give you insight on how to deal with the challenges you face every day and help you to learn new techniques and processes.
This is very important to increase your self–motivation. Every night, read at least 10 pages of a self-development type of book. This will provide guidance on how to become better.
Whether it is about setting goals, addressing fear, avoiding procrastination, changing your attitude, or having daily affirmations to mention a few topics, it’s all about teaching yourself every day of how you can change your life for the better.
3. Have a mentor.
At every stage in our life, we need to be able to turn to someone for help, support, guidance and direction. As children, we normally turned to our parents, family members, friends, or teachers for help, but as we enter the professional arena we will need advice from people who have walked the walk.
In network marketing, this usually means your success line or the top leaders in your company. Pick one that you resonates with, one you think you can work with, one that will challenge you, one who has already been successful, and of course, one who is willing to give you some time. The purpose of the mentor is to keep you on track and accountable to yourself, provide guidance and support, to answer your questions and address any self-doubt.
4. Associate with the right people.
There is the old adage that if you walk into a room and you are the best person in that room, then it is time to change rooms. What it is saying is that you need to be around people who have accomplished more in life than you have in order to learn from them and get their guidance.
Hanging out with your buddies may be socially fine and entertaining, but it may not lead to any personal growth. A mentor will provide only one perspective, while the like-minded people around you, will instill you the vision and attitude that you need in order to succeed.
5. Finally, make your environment positive.
There is so much negativity today in all areas – newspapers, social media, facebook, news feeds, television, radio and even our work colleagues and friends. Sadly, it can affect our subconscious and bring us down without us even knowing it.
So you have to avoid socializing with those people who are negative. The “Cloudy Joes and Janes” in life, who are always looking at the glass as ‘half empty’. So avoid them and be with fun, positive people. They will be uplifting!
Listen to motivational speakers in your car, at home, in the office, wherever you are and whenever you can, to get you and keep you in a positive state of mind. Meditate for 20 minutes a day, to chill out and relax. Listen to soothing music. Whatever de-stresses you and makes you feel good, will help you stay in a positive mood.
The importance of personal growth and self- improvement cannot be overstated.
We all know people in our lives who have overcome significant challenges, became stronger and more successful, all thanks to their focus on personal growth. It takes discipline but in the end, you will be glad that you concentrated on developing yourself and growing into the person you want to and deserve to be!
Keep growing. Keep learning. And most of all… Keep it Fun!