Thursday, August 13, 2009

Be your Own Trainer...! - Part 1

'Being your own trainer' talks about making a life-long commitment to you, to find and use those self-empowering skills that cultivate personal and professional magnitude.

These days, business is more competitive and challenging than ever; which means, we need to continually improve our skills if we want to maintain a competitive ascendancy. Also, because of the dynamism that business emits, what worked healthy last year, last month or even last week, may not be as effectual now. That means enlargement of your skills is vital to your long-term success.

The most common myth that I have come across so far is that approximately two-third employees think that they know more than their managers or are better than them; hence the need to update or upgrade their skills is diminished. I have also spoken with a lot of my friends in different industries who say they're not interested in a training program because they "did one" a few years ago. Sadly, the companies where they work, often consistently lose market share to their competitors who DO invest in the development of their people.

Another myth is that people lazily linger for their manager / business unit head to either foot the bill or initiate something for them. If you're not willing to invest in your future, you won't reach your full potential. I've noticed that self-employed or independent professionals are more likely to invest in their personal development more so than employees of a company.

Developing your personal and professional potential doesn’t happen overnight. It takes commitment, time and effort...It’s about looking at yourself in the mirror today and identifying where you wish to see yourself 3 or 5 or 10 years down the line...It’s about introspection...It’s about learning new and empowering ways to look at and deal with everyday situations...It’s about learning from the past and deciding to go positively forward.
Self-development is about developing the best of your best and sharing it with the world.Over 9 years ago I made a pledge to myself that I was going to live up to my full potential. I was going to find the best of my best. I knew in my heart of hearts that there was something better that I could do to make my life worthwhile. I saw few of my seniors from school and college achieving their dreams and I wanted to also. When I would see then delivering lectures and flawless orations, I wanted to be on the stage speaking on topics that would mesmerize the audience. Then one day, my father presented me a book which brought to my notice, the power of the mind and that we actually did have the power to control our thoughts. To me, that alone was an earth-shattering discovery. My life expanded to new heights and I’ve never looked back.
I believe self-development affords an opportunity to empower yourself toward magnitude. It allows you to develop your true self. The only confines are the ones you’re placing on yourself. You have the power to exceed your expectations, if you’re willing to take consistent positive action. Part of that action is filling your mind with empowering and productive materials – learning the life lessons from those who believe in vinni, vidi, vicci.
Self-development is a accolade you give yourself. It’s the treasure of living your best life ever!


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