Radically success ful and happy people immerse themselves in self-development. Use these tips to start your own self-development journey.
The following excerpt is from Napoleon Hill’s Success Masters culled From Entrepreneur Magazine
The most fulfilling path to success and personal fulfillment often comes through the pursuit of your own self-development. The radically successful and happy immerse themselves in self-development and a deep interest in life and relationships. Through self-exploration, they remain openly curious and passionate about their self-education and improvement.
Through life’s experiences, good and bad, you become able and ready to be proactive in all your efforts, challenges, and successes. You choose to no longer wait for success or happiness; you go out and make it happen. Making a commitment to your own personal development is the first step on the path to living your personal legend. Here are some important elements of a self-development mindset.
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Self-improvement begins with a keen awareness of who you are, your values, your beliefs, and the larger purpose you wish to pursue. True satisfaction can only manifest from chasing your own dreams. Life, people, and business can be hard and insensitive, so remind yourself that you’re more than the sum total of other people’s opinions and continue pursuing what’s meaningful to you.
The experiences you have in life can only have true meaning when you seek to understand them. To become a pristine student of life is to always remain teachable-ready. Examine how each experience life brings can be used for greater self-knowledge and better decisions going forward. As you gain a more solid sense of who you are, you become ready to start planning, designing, and pursuing your goals and objectives.
Sense of curiosity
To live successfully, be endlessly curious about all the possibilities your future holds. It’s important to have an unquenchable thirst for your advancement and for adventure. Curiosity inspires you to push through the unusually painful trials and errors in your life and business. This type of resiliency is an acquired self-discipline that teaches you to cast your fears aside, bringing you the fullest experience of the adventures that success can bring.
Curiosity inspires the energy that makes it possible to see all situations as opportunities for your advancement. When you approach life and business with a sense of adventure, there’s no situation, however limiting, physically or economically, which can’t be filled to the brim with the interest and curiosity of how it will all work out.
Without a sense of curiosity, it’s impossible to grow.
Sense of direction
The more you develop yourself, the more effective you become in achieving what you want. This clarity makes decision making easier because having a direction improves your ability to prioritize. You know which objectives are important in the short term and which are necessary for your long term. With a sense of direction, you become focused and effective.
There’s nothing more organizing to an effort than being focused. Direction provides commitment. It’s difficult to commit to something that has no foreseeable future or path. If you’re filled with doubt and a lack of clarity, there’s no way to launch your ideas. Self-development gives you direction, and thereby, the commitment to achieve your ends.
Sense of follow-through
Knowing what you want to achieve makes it easier for you to see the benefits of taking action. Even when the tasks at hand aren’t enjoyable, seeing the benefit of following through on them will make it easier to motivate yourself into taking the necessary actions to achieve your goals. There’s a lot of truth in the saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
When you’re committed to personal development, you always find a way to develop the necessary will. Your idea of success and the vision of what that will look like is where you grab your incentive to always follow through.
Sense of urgency
A sense of urgency drives inspiration. Urgency creates the mindset to work as if your life depends on it, especially if you have fewer resources than others. When you’re the underdog, you’ll dig deep inside yourself for the advances you need to thrive.
Urgency causes you to activate quickly when making decisions — you get out of your routine and do something different. It motivates you to get results quickly and efficiently, but it doesn’t eliminate assessment. If you want to produce results faster, you must assess what is and what isn’t working, then eliminate the efforts you’ve identified as wasteful. Keep in mind, it’s easier to steer a moving object, so if you realize you’ve made a poor decision, a sense of urgency allows you to adjust. If you wait too long, you miss opportunities and chances.
Sense of resiliency
There will be tough times in life and business. When tough times occur, you need the skills and attributes to deal effectively with them. Personal development can’t prevent all bad things from occurring, but it helps you deal with obstacles as they surface.
Resiliency teaches you never to view any challenge as the end of the world. Resiliency allows you the patience, awareness, and fortitude to continue moving forward, even if that means completely changing course.
Self-development deepens your maturity to trust that everything happens for reasons that can only be in line with your best interest. With this type of mindset, there’s no obstacle that will hold you back. You’ll have greater confidence, pliability, and the personal and interpersonal skills to cope with any obstacle you face.
Sense of connectedness
Relationships can be double-edged swords — they either lift you up or drag you down. They either bring you closer to your goals or push you further away. When you improve your personal development, you’re better able to see which relationships and partnerships are worth investing in and which you need to cut loose. This type of self-awareness gives you the skills to make the best of the relationships that have a positive impact on your life, your business, and your overall success.
If you aren’t learning, then you aren’t living. Make the commitment to invest in your greatest resource — you.
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Five tips to sleep like an Olympic athlete during coronavirus crisis
tips to get good quality sleep
In a time of such uncertainty, good quality sleep may not come easily to many of us. learn some tips to get good quality sleep here.
Luke Gupta, who works as a senior physiologist and sleep scientist for the English Institute of Sport, helps ensure Great Britain’s top Olympians get a good night’s sleep before big competitions.
He shares his tips to get good quality sleep amid all the anxiety brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Are you calm before bed?
Inevitably there will be nights when you go to bed and you are not calm. You might have just had a stressful phone call or checked the latest coronavirus news before you went to bed.
Of course we want to know what is going on because there is a lot of uncertainty. The problem isn’t necessarily that we’re doing that – it’s the timing of it.
It creates a sense of heightened alertness that means it will take a long time to go to sleep. If you have just checked the news and it’s stressed you out, don’t try and sleep because it is unlikely to happen.
If that is the only time at which you can do that then it is OK to go to bed later and have a wind-down routine.
Instead of just turning the light off and trying to sleep, you are better off getting up and going to do something relaxing like watching TV or reading a book, then going to bed in a much more relaxed state, than forcing sleep.
It is OK to go to bed later because it’s better to go to bed in a relaxed state than it is in a stressed state.
2. Are you appropriately sleepy?
Sleep is like an elastic band. It stretches while you are awake and the stretchier the band is when you go to bed, the quicker it’s going to snap back – which represents falling asleep.
If you have been awake for a very long time, you are very sleepy when you go to bed and the likelihood is you will fall asleep very quickly.
Exercise also drives our sleep. By doing a certain level of activity in the daytime, it makes you sleepier at night.
Athletes want to go to bed the night before competition and get a good sleep because they think it will have a big effect on their performance.
But it doesn’t work like that. If you go to bed slightly earlier than normal because you want to get more sleep you won’t be very sleepy – that elastic band won’t be stretched.
If you go to bed earlier than normal and it’s a time when you’re not feeling sleepy, it will give you more chance to worry so you will spend more time in bed thinking.
So don’t go to bed unless you feel sleepy. You wouldn’t go to a fridge unless you felt hungry but for some reason we tend to go to bed at certain times when we think we should go to bed, as opposed to when we should.
If you go to bed when you feel sleepy, you will fall asleep faster and will get better quality sleep.
3. Is it the right time of day?
People have a preferred bedtime and before this isolation we went to bed at a certain time driven by the time we needed to get up in the morning.
That has been removed a little bit and some people have the opportunity now to go to bed at a time that is suitable for them.
Even though we have more flexibility about our day, it’s important to keep a structured bed and wake time.
Once people have worked out what a suitable bedtime is for them, it’s important to establish some regularity around that. Our sleep works well when it’s regular. If your sleep times start chopping and changing, our sleep isn’t going to be great.
You don’t have to go to bed and wake up at the exact same time every day, but you create a sleep window and then there’s a bit of a buffer of about an hour either end. You can lie in for an extra hour or go to bed an hour earlier or later.
4. Is the place you are sleeping in familiar, safe and secure?
Most people will sleep in a bedroom which will be safe and secure. When we say is the space familiar, the question is is it familiar with them? But also, is it familiar with sleep?
It is great to keep the bedroom as a place of sleep where possible. If you can’t do that, you have to try to avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep.
And if you do have to use your bed for work, you could put a blanket over it during the day so that it looks different at night.
It can also help if you change your posture and sit upright so you are doing something differently to what you would do when you sleep.
5. Are you getting enough light exposure?
Our bodies are trained through exposure to light to be awake during the day and sleep at night.
At the moment we are all contained and going outside as little as possible for good reason but that brings about the challenge of not getting enough light exposure. If you get a constant low level of light there is no real distinction between night and day.
You have to be more creative, so if you are doing exercise try and do it in your garden. If you are going to sit down and work, try and do it next to a window.
That ensures we are training ourselves to be awake in the daytime and sleep when that light is not there at night.
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