When I was 28, my life changed forever.
I was introduced to self-improvement and my world has never been the same.
The day I picked up my first book was the day I really started to live.
That’s because I started to GROW.
Before that, my life was stagnant.
Every day was the same.
But then, I learned through personal development that I could take charge of MY LIFE.
I could learn whatever I wanted!
I no longer had to depend on a boss or a teacher to guide me in my life.
I started to take control of my own life!
1. Read one self-improvement book every month
I read a book a month, listened to weekly cassettes and attending regular business meetings with huge proportion of personal development integrated to it.
I learned how personal development is one key factor to becoming successful in business and in life.
So it has become a daily habit for me.
My kids have seen me reading books and listening to audios to grow myself.
They see the huge bookcase I have full of personal development materials.
When we moved houses 3 years ago, we gave away 80% of what we owned.
The few things that we kept were our books and personal development materials such as CDs and DVDs.
One of my proudest moments as a mother is seeing my youngest daughter has taken an interest in books. When she was in primary school, she used to spend most of her allowance in books and she herself has a massive collection.
What does your personal development library look like?
Are you investing in your own personal growth and making it a priority?
Early in my professional career, I invested in developing my skills as a manager but nothing else.
Here are the books that have left an impact on my life:
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
- The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- You’ve Got This by Will Matthews
- Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
- Comment below and let me know the top books that have had a major impact in your life?
2. Invest in self-improvement courses
Looking back, I’m glad that I joined a business where personal development was a huge component.
I have grown my confidence, improved my communication skills but most of all I learned how to lead myself and others.
I believe that investing in my personal development is the factor that made me a great leader in my profession and one of the highest-paid nursing executives in Sydney at that time.
I once heard from a successful business person how he played personal development cassettes in his car which made her daughter’s eyes rolled many times.
However, years later his daughter grew up to be a successful author and entrepreneur and writes about how much she learned from those car rides which helped to mould her mindset and philosophy in life
I want my daughters to have the same experience. I grew up in an environment where we only read the books for tests and projects for school. My mother never went to school and my father did not finish primary school. So my introduction to personal development made a life-changing impact for me.
One of my major goals as a parent is to pass on the same values to my children. They may not understand the impact of it now but I have no doubt that they will thank me one day.
How about you?
Do you read and or listen to personal development every day?
I know that people who are hugely successful invest in their own personal development and make a commitment to make it a daily habit.
I am excited for my children.
They will be ahead of the majority of children who just like me may not be introduced to personal development until they are 20, 30 or even 40 years old.
3. Work with a mentor
You’ve probably heard it said that you’re the average of the 5 closest people to you. Your success, happiness and wellbeing are largely dependent on who you associate with.
In fact, one study found that just being in the presence of a high achiever for long enough was enough to boost someone’s performance.
Who do you spend most of your time with?
Are they helping to improve yourself, or bring you down?
One of the best possible ways to improve your results and be more successful is to work with a mentor who has already achieved amazing results in their life.
I’ve helped dozens of women improve their finances, lifestyle and happiness, and you could be next. If you want to start living your best life, contact me now to find out if we could work together.