Ok I’m going to resist mentioning the weather but rainy weather aside we are actually in the middle of summer; hard to believe I know but we’re also pretty much half way through the year.
So why am I saying this?
Well think back to the beginning of the year and if you did so, think back to those New Years resolutions you made; were any of them relating to your personal development and/or business?
A couple of years ago I made the decision to commit to doing something each and every day to help develop me, my skill level and my business and for me this translated to setting aside 30 minutes each day to read and 30 minutes each day to study.
So what do I read?
Well it could be anything from a self help book such as Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy or a business related book such as Inbound Marketing by David Meerman Scott (one heck of a bloomin’ good book by the way). Sure I’ll also read story books too but what I’m talking about here is reading for development…does that make sense?
What do I study?
Despite working in Photoshop every day I’ll also set aside at least 30 minutes to learn something new and dive deeper. This can take the form of watching video tutorials, looking through favourite websites by artists who’s work I admire, reading Photoshop related forums and anything else where I can learn. Let’s face it there’s so much available to us out there on the net we’re almost spoilt for choice.
So do I manage to do this reading and studying each and every day? Pretty much yeah, but that’s not really the point…the point here is that studying and developing is in my mind and something I know I need to do if I want to keep improving.
I don’t mean to make this sound like it’s no big deal because it’s quite the opposite. Being dedicated to making a commitment and do something every day in addition to living life can be quite challenging but that being said it’s like most things…do them often enough and they eventually become a habit and something you just naturally do.
I liken it to when I used to compete at bodybuilding; if I wanted to improve my physique I knew I couldn’t go to the gym occasionally…I had to go every day BUT if I couldn’t go on a particular day then I would at least do something, and that could be going for a 5 minute walk if that’s all I could fit in. Bottom line is that I had done something.
When it comes to translating that into my life now, if I can’t find 30 minutes to read and 30 minutes to study then that’s not a problem; just doing 5 minutes on that day is better than nothing right?
So what about you? Do you make a point of doing something each and every day to help you move forward…however small it may be?
As it’s now Friday and the end of the week why not make yourself a New Week Resolution and make a point from now on to do something, however small, that will help you move forward and remember just 5 minutes a day is better than nothing.
Have a great weekend folks and I’ll see you back here in a few days,