Recipe 4: Take time to develop yourself
Accept this truth: You cannot pay another person to do the physical training for you and gain muscle on your behalf. If you want to gain a model’s figure, the only way is to pay the price – go to the gym and sweat it out! The same applies to your personal development. Many people dream about success but not many are willing to take decisive action to achieve it. Life does not give you what you want; it gives you only what you deserve. You reap what you sow. Steven Covey advocates that effective leaders cultivate good habits. How can I apply this principle to help me experience success in life?
- Realize that something is missing or lacking in life.
- Decide to do something that you have never done before.
- Intentionally carry out this action consistently for a period of time until it becomes your second nature.
The reason why you are doing this is because you understand that without action, there is no reaction. By taking action, you are converting a potential energy into kinetic energy that produces result. If you want to move forward in life, you need to lift your feet and take one step forward. Your family and friends can support and encourage you but ultimately the decision to take action lies with you.
Personal development is hard work but the value lasts a lifetime. Jim Rohn once said, “ Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” This is because what you become is far more important than what you get. The important question to ask on the job is not, “What am I getting?” Instead, you should ask, “What am I becoming?” because what you become directly influences what you get.
A survey was conducted to examine the quality of life of those who have become millionaires overnight through some lucky lottery. Findings reveal that less than 10% reported an increase in quality of life and 90% of them returned to normal lifestyles less than a year after they had won the millions of dollars. You can become a millionaire overnight, but unless you learn to handle the responsibilities that come with it, you will not be able to keep and multiply another million dollars. The focus is not on the million dollars, but on the kind of person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire. It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development. Here is the great axiom of life: To have more than you have got, become more than you are. If you are not prepared to pay the price, then you just might have to contend with the axiom of not changing, which is: Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you have got.
Add this recipe to your success formula: Consistently upgrade your skills and knowledge through personal development and become a better person.