What if I told you there is a simple task, if done regularly, you could institute that would equip you to reach your goals faster and allow you to go continually higher than you ever dreamed. What if I told you there is any easy to way to improve your relationship with your spouse, friends, family, coworkers, and clients. And what if I told you there is a common habit among the overwhelming majority of successful people. Do I have your attention yet?
Here’s the best part.
It’s incredibly simple, we can all do it, it takes very little time, and it’s one of the least expensive investments you will ever make.
This “thing” I’m referring to is called personal development. More specifically, I’m referring to reading books and listening to talks from other people who have already achieved success.
Your mind is inarguably the most important influential muscle you have. It controls everything. Just as it’s important to exercise our muscles to stay healthy and strong, it’s even more important to train our mind. I submit that investing in improving yourself is the most worthwhile venture you can embark on.
Who Actually Does This Personal Growth Thing?
Indeed, this is a fair question to ask. Outside of a late night TV advertisement, most people in my experience, just aren’t aware of who actually invests time and energy into personal development.
I’ll use myself as a quick example. I know when I’m at the gym listening to guys like Zig Ziglar or John Maxwell, nobody there knows I am feeding my brain. And when I go home, only my wife see’s me putting time into reading books. Nobody really has any way of knowing that I am actually spending time investing in myself. In most cases, the same is true for everyone else.
So what kind of people are actually investing time and energy into developing personally? It’s not so much the amount of people I want you to be concerned with; it’s the type I want you to focus on.
Now I’m a questions guy. I believe in their value, for I have thoroughly witnessed how effective they can be. With that, I have one sincere question for YOU.
If there is a habit that all successful people practice, do you want to be doing the same thing? Man I hope you do.
Here’s the bottom line.
Personal development is one of the few strings that binds all successful people together.
They all whole heartedly live and breathe in investing in themselves. They all put time and energy into reading books, listening to talks, and mentoring with other people who have been more successful than they have.
And they all do it. Let me say that again. They. All. Do. It.
If they all do it, do you think it’s reasonable to say there is probably a good reason for it? Is it reasonable to suggest that it’s probably wise to imitate that habit?
They all come from different industries and different backgrounds, yet they all miraculously end up sharing a few things in common. One of which happens to be personal development.
Do I need to beat this dead horse any longer?
Here is my absolute favorite quote as it relates to personal development. It’s by a man named Jim Rohn. If you don’t know who he is, you should Google him and read his stuff. He is the real deal. In short, he is renown as one of the most well respected and qualified individuals to speak on personal growth and motivation.
Jim says: “Successful people own libraries. The rest have big screen TV’s”
The thing is, this quote is just a reincarnation of what ALL successful people say. They all talk about and advocate for personal growth. Personally, you don’t need to convince me to replicate a habit present among all successful people. I’m sold based off that fact alone.
Personal Growth Is A Process That Leads To Change
Let’s just set aside the fact that all successful people invest in personal development. This fact alone is more than enough of a reason why we should all do it. Nevertheless, let’s talk about how it actually results in a net benefit in YOUR life.
Are you in a rut? Are you stuck in a habit you would like to break? Not pleased with where you are in your career? Not satisfied with your marriage? Would you like to be able to communicate better? Would you like to be better at dealing with people?
All of these objectives are easily achievable. There are hundreds of books about each of these topics. You can quickly and accurately learn how to accomplish your objective. Furthermore, you can learn firsthand from others who have already successfully done exactly what you are hoping to do. Talk about value.
But here’s the kicker.
It’s not enough to read, listen, and counsel. In addition to this stuff, you must make a sincere attempt at implementing what you are learning. If you don’t, you are merely pretending. Granted, you won’t be able to put all of it into play which is OK. The amount of information you will be exposed to is too large to remember and utilize it all at once. However, you should be trying the best you can to absorb and live the materials you are being exposed to.
This absolutely applies to selling final expense. For example, investing time in bettering your presentation is great and highly recommended. However, if you don’t commit to implementing these changes, you aren’t really helping yourself. It would be willful delusion to seek counsel without the commitment to implement what you learn.
Here’s the bottom line.
To get where you want to go, you need to become who you need to be. To become who you need to be, you need to grow. To grow, you must invest time and energy into developing yourself. If you commit to investing in yourself, limits disappear and everything become easier.
Remember, these are not my words. These are the proclamations of other highly successful people. I just happen to be a guy pointing it out to you.
Personal Development Has Biblical Roots
When you read the Bible, what are you doing? Are you not merely training your mind? Essentially, you are inserting instructions into your brain, so that your actions will be congruent with the content you absorbed from His word.
When you think about it, what is the Bible really? Is it not just a giant encyclopedia of how to train your mind to control your flesh in a manner that’s consistent with God’s wishes? Ultimately, the word of God is a blueprint that is meant to be introduced in your mind, so that your body will walk as closely to Him as possible.
Not surprisingly, the only way to absorb and embody the instructions from God is by reading. Isn’t it funny how reading is the single greatest thing we can do to become closer to Him? I don’t think that’s an accident. Furthermore, I don’t think it’s an accident that reading is one of the few common strings present among the successful people of this world.
Here is a verse I have always enjoyed that is highly relevant to this topic. It speaks directly to the value of bettering your mind.
“Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:21-22
We all have goals and dreams. They are built into our DNA. In my opinion, outside of salvation, the ability to change is the greatest gift He has bestowed upon us. Think about that. We can become anything we desire.
The caveat is, we must pay the price. We attract what we are, not what we want. So let’s all become better by reading and growing. The world needs it.
I’ll end with a formula that pierced my soul the day I first saw it.
Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
What determines your thoughts? Your input does.
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