Day 33 – 50 Day Change Challenge – Improving Yourself is the First Step to Improving Everything Else

50 Day Challenge

It’s day 33 and today I’m looking at improvement. I’ve been engaging in an in-depth study of John C Maxwell’s newest book ‘Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn’. Throughout the book John’s talking about the importance of learning from failure and loss. When he get’s to Chapter 5 he makes a statement that stuck with me and I wanted to share it with you. If you’ve already read the book this will act as an important and valuable reminder.

He says, “Improving YOURSELF is the first step to improving EVERYTHING ELSE”. If you stop and think about this statement for a minute, it may start to raise some questions in your own mind of how much time, commitment and passion you’re giving to improving yourself.

A quote I love that speaks to the difference improvement makes is this… “It is the capacity to develop and improve themselves that distinguishes leaders from followers”. – Bennis and Nanus. Can you believe that the difference between a successful person and a person who remains at the same place for their entire life, is the amount of improvement they make? Well, it’s true.

But improvement is not just something you wake up one day and immediately have a handle on. There are some specific demands that improvement makes on us.

  1. Improvement requires being committed because if you really want to improve yourself and your life, it takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. It calls for daily persistence.
  2. Improvement is not accidental. We won’t just happen upon being a better person, wife, husband, parent, friend, business owner or employee. Improvement demands us to be intentional about moving our lives from one phase to another.
  3. Improvement takes reflection. This means asking the questions of oneself to find out what you’ve learned, how you’ve grown and what you need to do differently.
  4. Improvement is relevant to your level of progress and learning and not to be compared against the improvement of others
  5. Improvement causes us to move out of our comfort zone because discovering and doing new things takes us into territory that is unfamiliar and that’s a good thing!

Many people don’t bother improving themselves because they don’t believe that they are worth the time, effort or value. If you want to improve yourself in an area, you must first believe that you are worth improving.

Whenever someone enquires about my coaching or development services and immediately asks the price. My first response is not to give them a dollar value. My first question is, “How much do you think you’re worth and how much value do you place on yourself?” That’s a a more precise question. I can assess and evaluate a lot about a person from the way they answer this question. You see, if you place a high value on your own improvement, you’ll sacrifice finances and time to be the best you can be.

So the question today is… “What are you doing to improve YOU for now and for 2014”? You shouldn’t be waiting until the New Year to work this all out. That’s just too late!

I mentioned this in yesterday’s post but it’s important enough to mention again because I know this is a common mistake for many people. Don’t try to change everything at once. Pick an area and improve in that area.

Improvement is a mandate. It’s a requirement of life because if you’re not improving, you’re dying.

If this has been helpful or you’d like to add something you’ve learned about improving yourself please drop me a line here and let’s talk about it. I’d love to hear your perspective on this subject.

See you tomorrow.

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