We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.
I have had the privilege of meeting Jim Rohn on a number of occasions, listen to him speak and train, and have even chatted briefly with him backstage at a convention Ken and I attended. What a great man he was. The world has lost an incredible trainer, speaker, motivator and rare gift at his passing a couple of years back. I quote Jim often, and re-visit his quotes and tapes whenever I need a pick-me-up, or paradigm shift. His words guide us all with focusing on what is important, think more clearly, count our blessings, love life, set new goals, and live life more fully with passion, joy and celebration. And, Jim was all about daily personal development.
We need to make personal development a daily ritual - an "action assignment". By uploading personal development books to our iPods like Think and Grow Rich, The Slight Edge or The 7 Habits to Highly Successful People, for example, to name just a few, and then take a brisk walk with one of these books playing in our ears. It will help us to internalize the important principles taught, and it will assist us with staying positive, productive, kind and develop into a person that makes a difference in the lives of those around us.
Everyday someone will attempt to steal our dreams, tear us down and encourage us to doubt what we are doing, and our ability to achieve these goals and dreams. No matter what venture we are involved with - learning to play the piano, working to achieve optimum fitness, improving ourselves with college classes, or building a home-based business - recognize the importance of daily personal development to stay on track and achieve. Use your car as a "rolling university" where any dead time in the car traveling from point A to point B, is filled with learning air waves by plugging in a CD. When doing the household basics of loading and unloading the dishwasher, folding a batch of laundry, sweeping off the porch, or vacuuming the rugs. Put that iPod on your ears and learn something that will develop you as a person.
Many of us work at our home-based businesses part time, as they say, in the nooks and crannies of our days. And to do this effectively, we need to make those nooks and crannies count. Working on ourselves daily will reflect in the way we view the world and the people we work with. Schedule personal development time into every day so that you grow in every way possible. To quote Jim Rohn -
The most important question to ask on the job is not "What am I getting?" The most important question to ask on the job is "What am I becoming?