I hope you are enjoying this fabulous day of love and appreciation. I believe you will agree with me that in order to love another person, that you have to love you first. Part of loving you is to invest in yourself. This past weekend, I spent time with thousands of people from different parts of our lovely continent. We converged in the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg inspired by one common goal, to develop and invest in ourselves.
Julia Cameron hit the nail on the head by stating that “it hurts like hell when the world won’t invest in you. But its excruciating; almost more than you can bear when you don’t believe and invest in yourself”.
Investing in yourself is about acquiring knowledge, opening your perspective and broadening your world view so that you can become a better person than yesterday.
People who invest in themselves shift gears from good to great by:
Polishing their craft:
You can polish your craft if you are open to and believe in learning new things and refining your skills. David Beckham, one of the best free kick specialists in soccer, developed his skill by remaining behind when everyone had left training. “Bend it like Beckham” became a common phrase in the soccer fratenity because of how he perfected this kick. Usain Bolt says that he wins his sprints not on the track during the actual race, but during training. What happens during the race is an outward expression of time and energy invested behind the scenes. Know what your industry or trade requires and hone those skills until you are the greatest of them all.
Partnering with the best in the game:
Identify people who have been in the game longer than you. Get a coach or mentor who will share their experiences so that out of their story you can plan your journey. Use these people as a soundboard when you find yourself stuck. These are people who have proven systems and your duty is to plug into their proven concept and take your game to the next level.
Engaging in self learning:
Technology has made life much easier by facilitating access to cd’s, dvd’s and podcasts that you can listen to and expand your knowledge. There are plenty of books, both hard and soft copies that you can learn from. The sad reality is that most people do not use this wealth of knowledge to better their lives. Technology has enabled us to take information with us everywhere we go and access it at our convenience. You are the only person to blame for not advancing. Visit libraries and read book, download podcasts and audios of leading figures in your chosen field and become the leader as well.
Putting into practice what they learn:
The experiences shared by your mentor or ideas that come from audio tapes and books will not implement themselves by some form of magic. You can observe another person driving and get an idea of how to drive, however until you are behind the steering wheel, you cannot claim to know how to drive. You can only learn swimming by jumping into the swimming pool. A speaker or presenter becomes fluent in what they do by delivering their presentation or speech to their audience. It takes doing to become great in what you do.
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