The most successful people I know are the ones who study the hardest and the most frequently. Study is one of the key aspects to our continuous improvement and personal development.
Have you heard that saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"?
I have heard that saying many times used by people that do not want to change their old habits and learn new things to improve their results.
The simple fact is, you CAN teach and an old dog new tricks, just as you can teach yourself new things if you are committed to study and continuous improvement.
Why do we need continuous improvement and personal growth I here you ask?
There are some song lyrics from Matchbox 20 that go; "I thought I had an empire, but now that I'm relaxed, I'm not so sure".
When we reach a certain level or stage in life and more specifically business, where we are happy with our results, simply maintaining this level will not necessarily maintain our results. For our competitors and colleagues who increase their abilities via study and continuous improvement will surely surpass our results thus leaving us behind at the back of the pack.
There is also the aspect of trends and technology. Think of the equipment you had 5, 10 or 20 years ago. Now how has technology changed in that time. Did you have a smart phone 20 years ago? I'm sure you didn't...
Study, Continuous Improvement and Personal Development doesn't have to be time consuming or difficult. Let's look at some easy ways to start.
Why not try reading some books about learning and study to begin with so you can understand all the different methods that are recommended for success.
As you would well know, there are many different personality types out there and just like personality types, there are many different learning types.
Let's look at some of those styles below:
The Seven Learning Styles
Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
Once you understand study, learning methods and your preferred style for learning, why not undertake an assessment of yourself and develop a continuous improvement or personal development plan that includes:
What to study: For example, new closing techniques, relationship building, prospecting, etc.
How to study: For example, reading books, attending seminars, enrolling into courses, etc.
For me, I like to take a systematic approach to everything that I do. So once I have decided what to study and how to study, I put a plan into place that schedules when I will commence the study, when it will be completed, along with what outcomes I hope to achieve.
Reflection is also a good thing with continuous improvement and personal development. Every now and again it is good to reflect on what you have learnt, how you are using your knowledge and how it has positively impacted your life and career. This is often a good motivator to study and learn some more.
Above all else, if you don't manage to plan your continuous improvement and personal development, if you do nothing else, just read a book, a blog or attend a seminar or networking event in your sector. Every little thing helps. The fact you are even reading this blog is study...
I hope these tips help you in your continuous improvement and personal development, stay tuned for my next BD Blog coming soon.
If you are interested in talking more about business development, contact Brad Kebblewhite.