Self-Improvement for The Entrepreneur

One of the most effective practices to success in your business is encouraging a positive mindset in facing challenges. When you work on stretching and expanding your capabilities and skills, your  potential for success can surprise you.  These skills include the specific abilities you use in your work (for example: coding and design,  data analysis and interpretation, planning ), but also extend to the so-called ‘fuzzy areas’ which include interpersonal relations, personal improvement, and risk-taking. When you strengthen your skills, you grow more confidence in your ability to handle difficult situations and adversity, and make a working  relationship with discomfort.

See more here: Welcome To The Discomfort Zone, Part 1 and Part 2

Learning and growth is a life-long road, and taking it asks for active engagement and real labor, hitched to  the relentless desire to become a better person in the time that we have. We are all mortal, and within mortal limitations we have only so much influence , and only so much time to exert it — we we better be frank with ourselves about where, why, and how we spend both.

Time won’t let you be the same person you were ten, five or even a year ago.  Nor will  you be able to say you’ll be the same person in another year’s time. That’s why you need to take the wheel and work on developing yourself and mastering the good habits you want to serve you. That means being able to accept that you will be facing challenges all your life.

A commitment to personal developments asks you do to a lot of things in the pursuit of mastery, especially in the areas  that truly matter to you. It is difficult because it requires the following:

Paying attention, even when it’s hurting.
You will be asked to commit to your course, even when discouraged by mistakes, even while getting impatient with the seeming lack of progress or its slowness, and even where you’re  feeling that you are moving backwards.

Having to change mindsets

  • Leaving your comfortable zone of all the things you’re familiar with and know how to handle.
  • Having to think and judge for yourself again and again instead of having something familiar and comforting to fall back on.
  • Needing to keep your head straight while doing constant juggling, re-focusing, and identification of  new priorities that come out of the struggle to acclimatize.

In the case of discouragement, you would also need to reframe your points of reference. “Am I there yet?” asks you how close you are. Flip the frame, and look at how far you’ve come since you started.  Look at  how you  commit to doing something each day for a better you tomorrow.

Helpful articles: Focus and Planning, One and Two

Whats The Difference Between A Problem And A Challenge?

It’s a matter of perspective. Usually in the general mind-set,”a problem is something you avoid, a challenge is something you face“. It’s tricky business when you fiddle with perspective and mindset, isn’t it?

The way you choose to describe a thing will influence  the way you define it and approach it, as well as determine the way you try to resolve it…or take it on. Look at the difference between “A problem? Oh no, what do I do?” versus “This looks interesting. Let’s see what I can do.”

What’s the difference between a problem and a challenge?  You can move to solve one, and you can try to meet the other.

Related article: Is It A Problem Or A Challenge? 

We only get one lifetime, and nobody ever really knows how long theirs will be.
Self improvement isn’t like tweaking a program, or renovating a house…. a better way to say it is an unfolding, a continuous excavation and  revelation of who you are from the deepest parts of yourself — and bringing that out into the light of the world. You believe that you can get better, you believe that you can overcome. Even when grimly enduring uncomfortable situations, you believe that these bad experiences will end too– and you will still be here. Maybe a little chewed up, but you made it through.

The saying “Enjoy the journey and not the destination,” certainly won’t feel like a comfort to you when  you find yourself  being drained by days of overwhelming To-Do’s, or the doldrums, or the mind-numbing sameness of a job that you endure for the pay. Self-improvement asks you to handle that and not be flattened by it…to bring out the best of you by meeting the challenges and the discomfort where they are.

This is how you practice resilience.
Ask “How.”
Asking  “how”  changes things– it reframes your mind towards looking for ways and means.
When ask yourself, “Can  I  do this?” you  question your ability to do a thing.
You tack the word “how”  to that question, it changes the whole question: “How can I  do this?‘” You look for solutions. You look for a plan.

Advice to keep steady:
We’re a visual species– out of sight is out of mind– make the effort to put your goals in front of you so you won’t forget them.  Familiarity and comfort makes it easier to not to change things up, to simply lie back and stay put, roll over, and go back to sleep, but with your goal right in front of you, you would have to make a conscious effort to ignore it.

Having to work at improving a lot of areas makes for a heavy workload.  Ask for help and support.

Balance is not the ultimate goal, but a by-product. Awareness and focus of your improvement is.  Keep asking yourself where will changes make the most good: in the time-span you choose, in the areas you identify as important, and where only your efforts alone can make the difference. That is where you must spend your presence.

Don’t overfill your plate and force yourself to take in more than you can handle:  you get indigestion, and bits and pieces will tend to slop off and be wasted. In short, avoid WASTE — wasting energy, time, attention,  material, money — by channeling these things  into your areas of best impact.

On a personal level it may be your health. On a professional level it may be your business — be AWAKE, and AWARE, and SMART. Whatever you set your heart on doing, however long it takes, you will find yourself on a life-long choose-your-own- adventure with surprises, and rough spots, and wonder at all you thought you couldn’t do before.

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