Apr 182013

Everyday you should strive to become better than you were yesterday. You don’t need to worry about being THE BEST, just commit to being a better version of yourself everyday!!  Clearly what this means is committing to self improvement, and of course this means both personally, and professionally.  Remember, they both affect each other.  Think about how productive you would be at work if you and your spouse got in a fight just as you’re walking out the door to head for work.  Or what if your boss chewed you out 30 minutes before you came home from work, what kind of mood would you be in when you got home?  One does affect the other.

Striving to be a better version of yourself means you’re always looking out for ideas on self improvement. Becoming the better version of yourself means it’s not a destination, it’s a process and a journey that never ends. I once read that the Hall of Fame basketball player Michael Jordan said that he wanted to be the best player he could be, not the best player. Michael was committed to self improvement. When you make the daily choice of being a better version of yourself, the journey never ends; you’re a constant work in progress.

How would you start this journey? First, you need to make a commitment to being a better version of yourself by committing to self improvement. Next you’ll need to conduct a S.W.O.T. (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) assessment of you and your habits. Then you’ll need to identify a couple of those habits that you may need to change.

The first habit you may need to change is the habit of discipline. You’ll never become better at anything until you develop the habit of discipline! Discipline is the foundation toward achieving your spiritual goals, personal goals, financial goals and professional goals. The key to discipline is to remember that the payoff is always in the future.

The practice of self discipline is one of the common traits for anyone who is successful, or anyone who wants to achieve their goals! Discipline is being able delay self gratification, and possessing the will power to say no to those immediate desires. Discipline is that voice that’s in a constant battle with your desires.  Some of us allow our desires to win all the time; the key is to find a balance.

Most of the time your desires have a short-term payoff, where as discipline pays off over the long term.  The late Jim Rohn says it best, “you’ll either feel the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.” If you don’t have the discipline (pain) to save money now, then you’ll feel the regret (even more pain) of being broke when it comes time to retire.

Next time we’ll dig deeper into your S.W.O.T., discipline, desire, and then I’ll cover some of the other important aspects and the payoff of becoming a better version of yourself.

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