As an educator, I join different teaching development programs at prestigious international schools so I can deep dive into the minds of some of the best teachers in Asia. This will improve my skills and figure out different ways and techniques to enhance my students learning capabilities.
Not only in the classroom, but in the personal development realm, too. What do I feed my mind everyday? What new books am I reading this month? How’s the low-information diet going? What conversations am I engaged in at the moment? Who should I distance myself from because they’re so toxic?
For all categories of life, you want to continue improving under any means necessary because if we don’t improve, we’ll be that guy selling peanuts on the street corner in New York.
Achievers are just quite frankly committed to continual improvement. How can you make a product better? How could you make your home environment better? How can you do things more efficiently; whether at work or at home? How can you profit more? How can you serve your customers better? How can you help your colleagues in a way you can inspire them? How can you do your job with greater love and provide more value to the people?
Improve In Small Increments
Whenever you want to improve your skills, better your behavior with your family, life, or business – you need to take manageable steps which gives you a greater chance of long-term success. Doing too much too fast not only overwhelms you, but it can doom the effort to failure – thereby reinforcing the belief that it’s difficult.
Figure out what you want to improve on: computer skills, parenting skills, cooking skills, development of more inner-peace and meditation, prayer.
Perhaps you can find a night class at your local community college to help build that skill. I have a friend who’s taking a personal training course and she’s also creating bath salt that she will sell as a combo package with her personal training. Look at what you spend the most time on everyday and see if you can delegate those tasks or make it a habit to do them more efficiently and faster.
The power of slight edge
In his book The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson talks about the compound effect over time of doing just a little bit more or a little bit less of something. Whether it’s doing a little more each day – 20 push-ups, 20 minutes of meditation, 20 minutes of aerobics, 20 pages of reading, an extra hour of sleep, taking supplements – or a little less each day – an hour less of television, one less glass of wine, one less $4.00 latte, or one less hour of surfing the internet.
If you were to cut out an hour of watching television a day, that 365 hours would add up to nine 40-hour workweeks. That’s like adding an extra two months of productive time to your life every year. In 12 years, that would equal having two extra years of focused time. Whether you use that time to focus on writing your books, practicing your instrument, improving your sports performance, learning a new language, making more sales calls, marketing on the Internet, reading, exercising, doing yoga, or even deepening the relationships that matter to you…..just imagine the difference it would make. – Jack Canfield