less fun … MORE SUCCESS

Career DevelopmentIf we are too comfortable, we may not push our selves to reach our full potential.

The remedy for this is to begin a routine of discipline. Before you are frightened away, I am not going to recommend Navy SEAL training. But, my suggestions will require some modest discomfort. The desire for comfort could actually retard or even prevent your success. The willingness to push your normal boundaries a bit will lead to rewards of greater value later.

Most of do not like to make radical changes. On the other hand, incremental changes will give us the time to acclimate to new routines over a period of time. Also, the time intervals of change will be different for each of us.  The list of suggestions below, may not be complete, or in the order of importance for you. So feel free to select three or four changes to begin with and add other changes after you have become accustomed to your priority list.

Here is the list, but you can start with two or three suggestions.

  1. Wake up and rise a half hour earlier than you do now. The extra snoozing is nice and comfortable, but your success does not begin until you arise and get started.
  2. Consider going to bed a half hour later than you do now. The urge to turn-in is strong, but no meaningful work or planning gets done unless you are awake to do it.
  3. Ensure that your diet is nourishing and provides energy and not merely empty calories. Yes, you can eat what you want, but you will need energy not merely temporary gratification.
  4. You will benefit from a modest exercise routine. Sure it is comfy and warm in bed, but the healthier diet will provide the extra energy that you need. All you have to do is supply the motivation.
  5. Read more. Even though there is some excellent content on TV, reading will allow you to escape and expand your knowledge.
  6. Adopt some frugal habits. This may mean that you pass up a few indulgences. However, as your financial situation improves it is easier to stay on track as you have a larger cushion in the budget.
  7. Work on your projects or goals. The real problem is that there are so many interesting distractions. Working on your goals or projects may not be as much fun, but these distractions are destructive and destroy the ability to produce the results of which you are capable.
  8. Practice active listening. Jim Hennig said, “Since we have one mouth and two ears, we should use them in that exact proportion.” We should also consider that speaking serves our need to be heard, but listening serves someone else’s need to be heard, to be acknowledged, to be thought of us important.
  9. Value relationships, not transactions. The speed of everything is increasing. We are more and more compressing time and finding a way to make transactions faster. Relationships are destroyed when we treat people like transactions. So, it is wise to slow down a bit even when it is a little uncomfortable.
  10. Be willing to give without the expectation of something in return. Over time, your will be measured and rewarded by your contributions to others. Giving will be your legacy.
  11. Be courageous enough to admit when you are wrong. It’s uncomfortable to admit when you are wrong, but it is easier to change when the ego is not involved. Repairing or salvaging a relationship is worth the temporary discomfort so you can muster or summon the emotional energy to move forward.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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