April 2, 2016

3 Reasons To Make Self-Development Your Way Of Life

How many hours a day do you spend working on yourself?

If you’re a working adult, you probably spend 40 or more hours a week working for your employer—or working for yourself if you’re a business owner. But how many hours per week do you actually spend working on YOU?

How many hours per week do you spend reading self-improvement books, watching inspirational videos, watching educational webinars, watching thought-provoking documentaries, attending seminars, and spending time at self-development conferences? How many hours per week do you spend meditating, saying affirmations, exercising, or journaling? How much time do you spend per week working on YOU?

How much money do you spend on developing yourself? I’m not talking about food, drinks, clothes, and material stuff. How much of your income do you invest in developing, educating, and bettering yourself? How much of your income gets spent on the self-development category?

These are all questions that you have to step back and ask yourself. Because Self-Developing is the key manifesting every wish that you’ve ever dreamed of. In order to change your circumstances, your status, your level of success, and your level of happiness, you must first change yourself. Self-Development is the path to success, self-actualization, leaving self-destructive habits in your past, and finding true happiness.

The following are 3 Reasons To Make Self-Development Your Way Of Life:

#1- The Only Path To Success And Self-Actualization Is Through Self-Development

“Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” –Jim Rohn

We often think of the ability to be successful as something that you either have or you don’t—an in-born skill. But greatness isn’t a trait that you’re born with.

Success is not an in-born trait. Greatness is only earned by years and years of endless self-development.

You think Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Misty Copeland, Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi, or Usain Bolt were just born with championship ability?

Think again.

Every championship athlete in the world was once just an up-and-comer spending long and lonely nights and weekends in the gym, on the track, on the field, or on the course improving his game, taking small steps forward, and eliminating weaknesses. Every champion was once just a kid with a dream who made a commitment to spending the rest of his life training himself into a winner.

It always starts with self-development.

One of my favorite books is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell because it highlights all of the painstaking and never-ending development that super-successful individuals did before entering the spotlight.

Gladwell explains how before they topped any charts, The Beatles spent four years traveling back and forth between England and Hamburg, Germany where they performed eight hours a night for seven days a week to accomplish a total of twelve hundred performances. Bill Gates spent thousands of hours teaching himself to program between the eight grade and high school graduation before he ever founded Microsoft and become the richest person in the world. And even though he began composing music at the age of five, Mozart didn’t produce his best work until the age of twenty-one.

It takes 10 Thousand Hours of never-ending self-development to achieve mastery. It takes roughly ten years of nonstop, unsexy, unexciting, lonely, boring, and sometimes painful self-development before you can become a world-class level master at anything.

The Only Path to Success And Self-Actualization Is Through Self-Development.

So even though you may not be a champion right now, that doesn’t mean you don’t have championship potential within you. Commit yourself to a never-ending path of working on yourself. And one day all your dreams will come true.

#2- The Only Path to Quitting Negative Habits Is Through Self-Development

Within a matter of five years—since I graduated from college in 2011—I’ve been able to quit a seven-year-habit for drinking alcohol, cut down on procrastination, start meditating twice a day, write a book that was over 200 pages long, exercise probably more than twice than I did during college, and create this blog. It’s not because I was born a super-motivated person.

I did all of it through self-development.

I found the motivation and guidance I needed to quit drinking alcohol through a book called The Easy Way To Stop Drinking by Allen Carr. I learned how to cut down on procrastination through another book titled The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. I learned to meditate through a book called Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All by Russell Simmons. I once earned a promotion through some tips I learned in Secrets Of Question-Based Selling by Thomas Freese. I learned how to structure and format my first book from Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino.

Not only are books fuel for quitting for negative habits, I’m always plugged in to countless motivational channels on YouTube like MateuszM, Chispa, Ben Lionel Scott, RedFrost, PingPongStudios, PrinceEa, BeInspired or Ashley Zahabian; motivational speeches from speakers like Eric Thomas, Les Brown, or Gary Vaynerchuk; and motivational audio tracks from companies like Fearless Motivation.

I’ve been able to quit some really self-destructive habits. And I learned I needed to know from self-development books, speakers, or audio.

The Only Path to Quitting Negative Habits Is Through Self-Development

If you have a self-destructive habit for procrastination, eating junk food, binge-watching television for hours on end, substance abuse, or doubting yourself, it’s up to you to track down the information you need to quit and overcome your problem.

All of the information you need to overcome any problem you have is already out there. There’s nothing you’ve been through that someone else somewhere hasn’t already been through at some point. You just have to track down the information you need and use it to develop yourself into the person you have to become to quit your negative habits.

#3- The Path To True Happiness Is Self-Development. Progress Equals Happiness

“The only thing that’s going to make you happy my friend in this year or any other, is to step up. It’s to raise the standard, to discover what you’re capable of and feel that incredible power of pushing through whatever’s holding you back and get to the other side of more of your true self.” –Tony Robbins

“Progress equals happiness. Even if you are not where you want to be yet, if you’re on the road, if you’re improving, if you’re making progress, you’re going to feel alive. On the other hand—it doesn’t matter how successful you are—if you stop growing, you start dying inside.” –Tony Robbins

You don’t need to be successful to be happy. You don’t need to have a big bank account, have all of your dreams come true, or have it all going for you to feel true happiness.

But you do need PROGRESS to feel true happiness.

You don’t have to be really successful. You don’t have to be living that amazing vision for what you desire for your life.

But in order to feel happy, you do need to at least feel like you’re making progress on becoming that person you want to be, succeeding in the areas you want to succeed in, and taking small steps forward towards that place where you want to be. You need to at least have a sense of progress—even if the progress is really slow—towards your goals in order to feel 100% happy.

It’s human nature.

Even if you’re the most successful person in the world—even if you’ve already accomplished everything you ever dream of—you have to keep moving forward towards new goals, ambitions, and dreams in order to feel happy. Because if you lose that sense of progress that got you where you are, you’re going to feel like you’re dying inside.

“Progress Equals Happiness.” Tony Robbins couldn’t have said it better.

It’s the reason why many of the most successful people in the world often tumble into downward spirals of addiction, depression, bizarre behavior, and disaster. Success does not equal happiness. But feeling a sense of progress, self-betterment, self-improvement, and self-development will always fill you up with a feeling of true happiness, fulfillment, and aliveness.

Self-Development is everything you need to become successful, to reach self-actualization, to quit your negative habits, to replace your self-destructive habits with positive ones, and to feel true happiness.

In order to change your circumstances, your status, your level of success, and your level of happiness, you must first change yourself. Changing yourself is always the first step. Change yourself first. And everything else will fall into place.

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