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The 10 Building Blocks of Personal Development for Success

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Over the years, success has been defined in various ways. However, the actual measure of success works hand in hand with your willingness to take up things to do to improve yourself.

Jim Rohn, a renowned entrepreneur and motivational speaker rightly put it, “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development.”

In light of this, success, therefore, should be defined by the individual accomplishments and daily wins achieved in life that steer you in turning your vision into reality. Excelling in life starts from a careful analysis and a quest for personal and spiritual growth while incorporating positivity in all you do.

To start you off, there are a few thought points important in the journey to success and how you can best maximize on them. Working on these ways to improve yourself and building on the small accomplishments ultimately adds up to your long-term personal development.

Here are 10 different ways you can improve yourself:

1. Work on Good Habits and Resolve

Many-a-times, actions meant to create a perfect morning routine are often passed on as unimportant. Daily activities such as setting intentions for the following day before you go to bed, taking account of the day that was, and practicing the early bird move do build up on a long-term behavior and form part of the best ways to improve yourself. Behavior then transforms to what defines you.

In the same spirit, incorporating daily affirmations while adding positivity to your day-to-day undertakings reinforces your willpower and discipline.

2. Understand that Failure Builds Strength and Experience

Success stories are tailored through failures that many do not see or hear. Of importance is that, for you to be ready for success, you must be willing to fail and use the letdown as a learning point.

Try your hand at several activities and find your niche. The worst that could happen is that you gain experience in areas that did not work out for you. Remember, failure is simply feedback.

3. Change Your Mindset and Approach to Life

Your attitude on life does determine how best you solve situations. Negative thinking has an undesirable outcome. Optimistic rationale develops stronger willpower that is of importance when in discouraging situations.

Working on transforming the bad in your life to good, and increasing the excellent, should be the right step in achieving your life objectives.

“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.” – William James

4. Increase Your Productivity Through Adopting Worthwhile Strategies

Productivity increases where the right strategies are employed coupled with the right amount of effort towards getting the job done. Take time to examine what ails your output as an individual, and learn about the various alternative approaches you may use. This smart approach will help you improve your production as well as the quality of your job.

5. Develop a Better Opinion of Yourself

Feeling good about yourself at every turn resonates in your success within your social settings and your work place. Therefore, take the time to incorporate a healthier lifestyle that works on building yourself esteem.

Make a lifestyle change. Listen to your body and be in tune with it. Eat healthy, workout more, and let your confidence speak volumes in your life.

The same principles apply in your relationships. Complicated as they are in the current society, accepting yourself as you make others respect the person they interact with. Incorporate kindness, love, and compassion, and you will see yourself earn more points among your peers.

6. Finding Focus and Your Life’s Purpose

Distractions are part of life and a great impediment to achieving goals. To counter them, you have to develop an intense focus by being acutely aware of your life’s path, vision, and mission. Doing these helps promote a culture of putting in the work to achieve our life’s agenda and thus becoming successful.

7. Adopting Morning Rituals

Morning routines are far more than being an early bird. The degree of control you command in your mornings is the same level you apply in activities the rest of the day. Therefore, find positive activities to take care of the in the first hours after waking up.

Most of the current undertakings include a morning run, reading, writing, listening to music, making a healthy breakfast among others. The idea is, find what best describes you and what make you feel good.

8. Refining Your Life’s Targets

A significant impediment to success is the discouragements faced in life and those in particular that emanate from a feeling of non-accomplishment.

To beat this, regularly go back to your life’s blueprint and develop smaller building goals whose primary aim is to achieve the overall set objective.

To avoid a situation of settling into a comfort zone after an accomplishment, you should consider setting higher goals and creating new ones as well. Seeking progress is a success foundation.

“Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.” – Seth Godin

9. Facing Your Fears

It is human nature to dismiss what we fear most in our lives. The problem is, success is more often on the other side of fear. The logical action would be to face and change them. You never know, that could be all you needed to advance in life.

10. Admitting Your Mistakes

It takes a bigger man to admit wrongdoing and an even greater man in saying sorry. It is in the mistakes made that solutions are found. Reinforcing relationships in work or other social settings builds on your reputation and credibility as well as creating an all-important peaceful environment for successful undertakings.

The running consideration in all the above is your willingness and resolve of adopting simple ways to improve yourself and using these as building blocks towards your success story.

Which one of these 10 tips has helped you most on your journey towards success? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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  1. Kenny White

    Jul 21, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Great list! I really liked it. I loved that you brought “Change Your Mindset and Approach to Life” to life to the list. All of them were really insightful. Thank you! I am sure I will be sharing your blog with others!

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Having a scarcity mindset means fearing you’ll lose your source of income, shying away from taking risks, and believing there’s a set amount of success in the world. Its counterpart, an abundance mindset, believes that there’s opportunity for growth, risks are worth taking, and when we win, we all win together. To succeed in business, you need to adopt an abundance mindset. But how do you change your perspective?

Here are 6 ways you can change your perspective immediately:

1. Decide You Want to Change

The first step in changing your scarcity mindset is to acknowledge who you are and decide that you want to change. I compare it to the time twenty years ago when I decided to quit smoking. 

Smoking is clearly stupid, but back then it was widely accepted. Still, that’s not an excuse. The first thing I did was admit that I was addicted. The second step was making the commitment to quit. I had to decide that I didn’t want anything to have control over me anymore.

Those who want to change their scarcity mindset have to do the same thing. You may have to break your goals down into doable chunks, but you also have to keep your oars in the water. You have to keep rowing, put your back into it, and look for better opportunities. 

One of the hardest challenges will be changing how you view the ideas of others. You can’t think of those ideas as a threat, or the people as a threat. Don’t worry so much about personal success as you do about the success of the group. Remember the adage: there are three ways to do things—my way, your way, and a better way.

This notion of abundance goes beyond wealth. That’s part of it, of course, but embracing the idea of abundance means you want to experience more. You want to help more people. You want to have a greater impact on your family and your community. You have to acknowledge that you’re tired of worrying about your car breaking down and reassure yourself that if it does break down, you’ll find a way to fix it or get a new one. If you decide to buy a new car, donate your old one to the humane society so they can help animals. That’s abundance.

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

2. Stay on Your Path

If you’re an entrepreneur starting a business, you probably already have an abundance mindset. That’s excellent. But you still need to keep working on your idea, regardless of the failures or setbacks you encounter. Just because you’re optimistic about your future doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard and swim against the tide from time to time.

3. Talk about the Obstacles You’ll Face

Having an abundance mindset doesn’t mean you blithely glide over every hurdle. You won’t. Instead, you have to anticipate potential problems and start plotting how you’ll get past them. If you’re confident and optimistic, the answers come more quickly and in greater numbers, thus improving your chances of success. You can’t assume your business idea is going to be a mega-hit right from the start, and that you’ll make tons of money. That might happen, but chances are you’ll have to work long and hard hours first.

4. Develop Good Habits

It’s vital that you set strong goals and adopt the habits that will help you reach those goals. Networking is key to learning and to building contacts and community. It’s not just about the help you can receive, but the help you can give. Find ways to appreciate the uniqueness of others, whether you’re working with them or having a cocktail at the local pub.

“I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.” – Lewis Howes

5. Address One Problem at a Time

Starting a new business is often daunting. You may have a dream of what you want to accomplish, but the task in front of you seems overwhelming. Where do you start?

I like the approach Desmond Tutu once advocated. He said “There is only one way to eat an elephant, [and that’s] one bite at a time.” What this means is that the bigger the endeavor, the more crucial it is that you break up the challenge into smaller pieces. The problems seem less intimidating and more doable when you look at them in smaller, discrete portions.

It’s not unusual for people to freeze up or get discouraged when faced with a big, hairy task, so in addition to the wisdom of Desmond Tutu, it also helps to keep in mind this observation by Mark Twain: “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” It’s much easier to make progress in your big goal when you chip away at the challenges.

6. Don’t Kick the Can

It may be tempting to put off work on a particularly gnarly problem or to delay a decision on something until you have more information, but be forewarned: you can only kick the can down the road so many times before it becomes the size of a fifty-gallon drum. When that happens, procrastination is no longer an option.

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Once you have an abundance mindset, the possibilities open to you will seem endless. 

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