Challenging yourself to change yourself is not all about work, but it does take consistent action and commitment.
Innovation doesn’t come without a little change. Whether you’re hoping to revamp your company or want to focus more on the positives in your life, you must be willing and able to challenge yourself. Take weight loss, for instance. If you want to shed some extra weight, you’ve got to have the willpower to eat less and exercise regularly. It takes time and effort, but it is an excellent change that will bring forth the benefits of being healthier and having more energy.
If you would rather focus on the glass being half-full, you’re already a relatively positive thinker. However, those days when you think the glass is half-empty are the ones when you’re not seizing the opportunities and moments for excellence.
Scared For A Week
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 re-energize 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. If you are in sales, consider the new eBook The Sales Leaders Guide To Success, visit The Sales Coaching Institute for more information.
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 re-energize yourself during your “downtime”.
Challenging Yourself To Change Yourself
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.