The Daily Discipline of Investing in yourself

John Maxwell, leadership expert and best-selling author and author of his latest book, “The 15 Irrefutable Laws of Personal Growth” talked about the choice we make every day on self-improvement.  As he said, ‘Growth doesn’t just happen – we have to grow on purpose – it has to be intentional.”  One of the interesting things that happened in John Maxwell’s family is that he got an allowance every time he read a book. (See my previous blogs concerning the importance of reading!).

Here is one tip that John Maxwell shares that may be helpful for all of us: 

Proactively schedule self-improvement in your calendar.

I try to think of attending conferences, reading books, talking to mentors, or taking a class as an investment in myself – that I schedule in advance.   How many of us schedule vacations, TV programs, or important social engagements?  How much is it worth to us to schedule those activities that will improve our minds and our professional lives? 

Indeed, if we don’t invest in ourselves –we may be moving backwards. Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.   Mme. Du Deffand

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