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HELLO I'M AYOBAMI YUSUF |A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER|A COACH|A MASTER OF CEREMONY

SELF DEVELOPMENT

As we grow older, we begin to realize there is nothing more meaningful than to pursue a life of development and betterment. It is through improving ourselves that we get the most out of life.
There is really never an end to a journey of self development. In a short while, I discovered that the more I grow, the more I realize there is so much out there that I don't know, so much I have to learn.
The human potential is limitless, so it’s impossible to reach a point of no growth. Whenever we think we are good, we can be even better.
In whatever field you find yourself, there are several ways to improve oneself which includes but not limited to the following

  1. Read a book everyday
    The first step on self development is to equip the brain with more knowledge. Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to.
  2. Overcome your fears
    We all have fears. Fear of uncertainty, fear of speaking in public, fear of risk… All our fears keep us in the same position and prevent us from growing. Recognize that your fears reflect areas where you can grow. I always think of fears as the compass for growth. If I have a fear about something, it represents something I’ve yet to address, and addressing it helps me to grow.
  3. Wake up early
    Waking up early has been acknowledged by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, among other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life. I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day. Seth recently wrote a waking up early series which you should check out to help cultivate this habit
  4. Write a letter to your future self
    What do you see yourself as 5 years from now? Will you be the same? Different? What kind of person will you be? Write a letter to your future self – 1 year from now will be a good start – and seal it. Make a date in your calendar to open it 1 year from now. Then start working to become the person you want to open that letter
  5. Acknowledge your flaws & mistakes
    Everyone has flaws. What’s most important is to understand them, acknowledge them, and address them. What do you think are your flaws? What are the flaws you can work on now? How do you want to address them?
  6. Get a coach/mentor
    There’s no faster way to improve than to have someone work with you on your goals. You significantly achieve better results on goals faster with a coach.
  7. Meditate
    Meditation helps to calm you and be more conscious. I also realized that during the nights when I meditate (before I sleep), I need lesser sleep. The clutter clearing process is very liberating.
  8. Commit to your personal growth
    I can be writing list articles with 10 ways, 25 ways, 42 ways or even 1,000 ways to improve yourself, but if you’ve no intention to commit to your personal growth, it doesn’t matter what I write. Nothing is going to get through. We are responsible for our personal growth – not anyone else. Not your mom, your dad, your friend, me or SpeakingServices. Make the decision to commit to your personal growth and embrace yourself to a life-long journey of growth and change. Kick off your growth by picking a few of the steps above and working on them. The results may not be immediate, but I promise you that as long as you keep to it, you’ll start seeing positive changes in yourself and your life.
  9. Reduce TV/chat programs
    I have reduced watching TV for pretty much 3-years and it’s been a very liberating experience. I realized most of the programs and advertisements on mainstream TV are usually of a lower consciousness and not very empowering. In return, the time I’ve freed up from not watching TV is now constructively used for other purposes, such as connecting with close friends, doing work I enjoy, exercising, etc I also realized having chat programs open at default result in a lot of wasted time. This time can be much better spent on other activities. The days when I don’t get on chat, I get a lot more done. I usually disable the auto start-up option in the chat programs and launch them when I do want to chat and really have the time for it.
  10. Avoid negative people
    As Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. Wherever we go, there are bound to be negative people. Don’t spend too much of your time around them if you feel they drag you down
  11. Get out of your comfort zone
    Real growth comes with hard work and sweat. Being too comfortable doesn’t help us grow – it makes us stagnate. What is your comfort zone? Do you stay in most of the time? Do you keep to your own space when out with other people? Shake your routine up. Do something different. By exposing yourself to a new context, you’re literally growing as you learn to act in new circumstances
  12. Start a 30-day challenge
    Set a goal and give yourself 30 days to achieve this. Your goal can be to stick with a new habit or something you’ve always wanted to do but have not. 30 days is just enough time to strategize, plan, get into action, review and nail the goal.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article or anything about personal growth. Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below and I’ll get back to you! If you have any other suggestions to add to the list, please share with us too!

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