Work on yourself – the greatest idea that you’ll ever get!
Benjamin S C Ugoji
“Where success is concerned people are not measured in pounds and inches or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking.”
- David Schartz
I read about this piece of advice – “work on yourself” from an article written by Mike Litman, author of "Conversations with Millionaires" which according to him was from Jim Rohn, one of the American great business philosophers. According the Jim Rohn most people spent most of their time in life working on their work rather than working on themselves. But what does it mean to work on yourself?
I’ll give you a scenario or a picture here. Imagine you want to move to the next level in your life – in any area of your life (Spiritual, Business, Education, Finance, etc.). What do you do? I presume that you need to change. But what does it mean to change; after all change is difficult. The beginning of any starts with the awareness that you have the need to change. For me change has to be moving towards a direction or goal that will impact or add value to who you, what you do, and the result outcome or experience you achieve.
Work on yourself is a call to continuously and consistently be a growing person who is willing to learn and contribute in a meaningful way as to enrich yourself first and those around you. It calls for a change in the way you think, your attitude and your behavior. It is also a commitment and realization to develop those habits and virtues which helps you to move towards your destiny.
In this article I’ll be discussing three steps you can adopt to work on yourself so as to grow into the person you desire to become. The thought of working on yourself is a desire to think in a certain way, do thing in a new way and ultimately become a great achiever. It won’t be easy but with determination and persistence you will be transformed into a new person that will imbibe these growth principle as a habit by which “you do life.”
Develop your thinking – good thinking habit
“What is thinking after all? Is it not the capacity and ability to perceive, process, and pattern information (ideas, thoughts, percept, concepts, principles, data, considerations …) for effective performance towards a desired outcome?”
- Benjamin Ugoji – Founder Progress Path - Mastery Education
The beginning of any great change started with people changing the way they think. Thinking is a skill and disciplines by all means develop it. Who you are, what you do, and, the results you get out of live, depends on how well you master this skill. You have to become adept at thinking on three levels – spiritual, mental and physical level. Having said that, you have to realise that thought is about things – intangible and tangible. You also have to understand certain principles according to Napoleon Hill, that “an intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into physical counterparts by the application of known principles.”
Imagine that your thought is a seed that needs to be harnessed, cultivated and harvested. How will you make it possible? You need to realise that the starting point of all achievement is a vision, a dream. That dream continued changes to a desire. And if it’s definite, leads to a plan, which can be turned into action. But it must be definite and written as a goal. Otherwise it’s a mere passing thought.
If you want to profit from this idea of becoming a good thinker by all mean develop thinking as a discipline. All great achievers throughout history know that ideas can be transmuted into things (including great fortunes), through the power of definite purpose, plus definite plan.
You can read my article on changed thinking here
Develop your intelligence – the glue binds your ideas and thought into a workable plan
“I think of intelligence as equivalent to the horsepower of a car. There may be a powerful car driven badly and a humble car driven well.”
- Edward de Bone, Author of Tactics, The Art and Science of Success.
There is a link between thinking and intelligence. According to Edward de Bono, thinking is the operating skill through which intelligence acts upon experience. Intelligence is a potential and thinking is an operational skill.
By all means develop your thinking and don’t forget to improve your intelligence. What is intelligence after all? The main aspects of intelligence are as follows:
· Ability to respond to complex changing environment, looking beyond present concerns to see the big picture
· And making connections with situations you've already encountered, or thing you've learnt
According to Dr. Carl Sagan “Knowing a great deal is not the same as being intelligent; intelligence is not information “alone,” but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used. –
Intelligence is in the realm of insight and imagination that ability or capability to see or imagine things in a new and profound way so as to educate, inform, or entertain.
It was Einstein who wrote that imagination is more important than knowledge. I think intelligence no matter the sphere give you the impetus to demonstrate your ability, capacity, knowledge or experience in a meaningful way. It enhances your productivity or profitability in your chosen field.
Earl Prevette, the author of “How to turn your ideas into cash”, wrote that, “Intelligence is the ability and capacity to size up yourself, size up your environment and organise them into a workable plan that you may share life’s abundance.”
Seek to develop your intelligence through learning, reading, writing, and humour. You can develop intelligence through focus and change of percept in the way you look to make sense of new ideas from different sources. Learn to be more creative in your thinking adopting discipline of flexible and integrative thinking. Spend time with people who can make a difference in terms of your thinking process and the value or insight they bring to you in terms of new ideas.
Develop the ability to execute masterfully – second to none
“By thought the things you want is brought to you, by action you receive them.”
-Wallace D Wattle – Author of
You need to realise that ability is the power to act and it can only perform in the present. To work on yourself does not just involve developing your thinking and intelligence. It also involves your being able to sculpt your immediate environment in the bid to execute your ideas or thought into a reality.
You need to learn to get rid of all forms of perfectionism and procrastination and develop strategies to improve your mental activities so that you can bring to birth your dreams. You have to be responsible to giving birth to your imagined reality. You have to learn to be in the NOW, and put your whole mind into the present action. Realize that there is never any time but NOW, but there will never be ant time but now. For the realization or reception of what you want you must begin now.
Be determined and confident that what you set your heart to do is possible. If doubt or fear grips you imagine the pain you will experience if you don’t persevere. Think and focus on the pleasure you’ll experience on realization of the task. Focus on the tasks or activities you will need to accomplish your dream. Practice makes perfect. According to Malcolm Gladwell, “practice isn't the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
Model the great achievers in your field and find out what they do. Seek to think through and follow through. And be open to new knowledge and seek where to apply it in your life for you to profit.
Know also that the law of action is made efficient by doing the job well – the job in hand.
“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence is not an act but habit
This article is a call to alert you that if you want to move to the next level in any area of your personal or professional life you need to think and act in a new way. According to Tony Robbins you have to imbibe a set of principles he call “organizing principles.” These principles are three steps that will impact you and raise your stake – bottom line. You need to raise your standard – know the things you want in your life. Remove every form of limiting belief and adopt more empowering belief system. And you need to continuously develop new skills so that you can deliver the results or outcomes that are second to none.
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Ben is an empowerment expert who want to help people to learn, grow and contribute through sharing powerful knowledge that change lives. He is keen to help you become more, do more and achieve more. He is also a writer / author. You can read his articles on LemmyC on Hubpages. And his eBooks at Scribd - one of the biggest digital library in the internet. You can access his kindle books through this link: BSCUKindleBooks