You can see it everywhere you go. On the shelves of local bookstores, in the newsstands, and even in your inbox are articles advertising tips to help us improve ourselves. We are constantly searching for ways to climb up the work ladder, become a little healthier, find a certain sort of serenity and shrug off stress more easily, and increase our professional portfolios. It’s no wonder why there are so many self-help books, articles, and websites out there!
The solution to self-improvement, MSPs, is simple. We must be willing to look around us and within ourselves. Watch others, observe their behavior, and ask yourself, “Do I behave similarly?” As a young professional, I often would gravitate toward people who impressed me, which helped lead me to where I am today. You, too, can do the same and achieve the success and results you want. I would be honored if I served as your role model or, better, yet, let you serve as a role model for others!
Here are 8 simple self-improvement techniques you can begin using today:
Become More Observant – First, look at others around you. You can learn a lot about others by watching how they conduct themselves. Observe their behavior and how they react in certain situations as objectively as possible. Learn from how they talk, walk, react, and how they treat others (and how others treat them in turn).
Look Inside – Now it’s time to turn your attention inward. Analyze your own behavior. Are you acting like those you admire? If so, keep up the good work! If not, take the necessary steps to act similarly. If you find that you possess some undesirable traits or behaviors, do your best to catch yourself when you start to slide and avoid those actions or behaviors. Just remember to be honest and impartial in your analysis!
Surround Yourself with Happy, Successful People – If you want to be happy and successful, it’s wise to surround yourself with those who are happy and successful themselves. They will act as mirrors and reflect what you want to see in yourself. Search for those who exude positivity, possess grit, have a good sense of humor, and are kind to others. Include these people in your inner circle, whether at work, at home, or both.
Focus on Improving Yourself, Not Tearing Down Others – It’s easy to envy what others have. Instead of focusing on tearing others down, take care of yourself. Treat others with kindness and do what you can to make yourself outshine the rest.
Visualize Positive Outcomes and Overcome Fear – Everyone has his or her own cross to bear. We all encounter difficult circumstances and situations, but what matters is how we react to them. You can easily choose to be a victim, or you can face your fears, dig deeper, and come out as a victor. Learn to become self-sufficient – it earns respect from others and helps build your confidence. If you’re having trouble, visualize positive outcomes over and over. You will eventually manifest what you visualize!
Find Your Niche – What are you good at? What are you an expert in? These are all questions we tend to ask ourselves once in a while. If you haven’t found the answer yet, look at what you care about and become the master of whatever you want to be proud of. Sometimes this may mean you need to find your niche within new opportunities. For example, Team Med Global’s new Executive MSP Program is a springboard for looking at yourself, your career, and what you need to do to further your career as an MSP.
Practice What You Preach – It isn’t enough to simply read self-improvement articles and books. You have to get out there and practice what you preach! The process of achieving inner change requires a great deal of ambition, perseverance, and dedication, but it is absolutely worth every ounce of effort!
Don’t Let Failure Get You Down – Just like sticking with a diet or exercising program, you will probably stumble a few times and revert back to your old habits here and there. When this happens, don’t give yourself any grief for your slip-ups! We’re all human. We make mistakes. Just learn from the experience, pick yourself up, and try, try again!
The road to self-improvement isn’t an easy one. It’s full of challenges, and the obstacles in your way may trip you up once in a while. I promise you, MSPs, striving for self-growth and self-improvement is well worth the extra time and dedication. I know you can do it! Just remember to hang in there and SMILE!