Your personal development and growth are built directly on the foundation of your self-improvement. The more you embrace your own self-improvement the greater the possibilities in your business and life. As a business coach, very often my primary role with clients transitions into that of a personal development coach and personal development coaching.
Today, business owners, executives, and managers have a wealth of information available on systems, processes and what I call the “how to” of how to have a successful business. If marketing is a challenge there are hundreds of solutions and services. If manufacturing to higher tolerances is the challenge, there are processes to achieve them. Regardless, almost anything you need to improve business today can be found.
Yet, there is one area where you can’t call someone in or bring a company to institute a process without your active participation. And, that area is your self-improvement. Much has been written on self-improvement. Some people call self-improvement personal development. I will use the terms interchangeably here. Why is self-improvement or personal development critical?
Quite simply, seldom will whatever you want in life exceed your self-improvement or personal development. The following I have found to be useful guidelines for many clients when I am in the role of personal development coach and do personal development coaching.
- Know your philosophy. Your philosophy is how you think. Your world and your personal development can only become as large as your thinking. What are the lids of your thinking?
- Know your attitudes. How do you feel, your attitude, about what you think? All thoughts are things. Every thought has an emotion attached to it. Thoughts are things.
- Activity is the result of your thoughts and how you feel about your thoughts. If you wish for increased activity to accelerate your personal development than you must examine your thoughts and how you feel about them. If your activity is not leading you to where you want to go then you must re-examine your philosophy and your attitudes.
At this point, to have the activity you want, you must be willing to amend your thinking. When you amend your thinking and attitudes that is when you can create new habits and activity. This is where a personal development coach and personal development coaching can be helpful. It is important to have someone outside of yourself to support you in making the advances you want. After all, if you are in the picture, it is hard to see yourself as you are.
- Results are the accumulation of your philosophy, attitude, and activity. If you wish for different results all you need to do is go back and amend your philosophy and attitude. In turn, this will change your activity which will change your results.
To bring these four areas together, philosophy, attitude, activity, and results you must have one purpose at the forefront. You must be willing to take action and to take it consistently and to be persistent. Learning about your philosophy, attitude, activity, and results are good. But, without the miracle process of applying, taking action on what you have learned, you will remain stuck.
Take action and the other self-improvement tips for success will transform you, your business and your life.