Finding time for personal development? You’re not alone!
One day my boss (Yes I still work full time and I do have a great boss actually) exclaimed and said, ‘Oh! If I can just get 4 more hours in a day!’ . .
I was going to cut in and say that probably wouldn’t make much difference, but I was wiser and kept to myself. .
The fact is that if you can’t achieve something or considerable progress on something in 24 hours, you probably can’t do much more in 28.
He that is faithful in little. . . you know the rest
So you know how busy you are but you also understand how terribly important it is to engage in Constant and Never-Ending Improvement (Kaizen) in order to increase your level of growth and results in your business, but how exactly do you find time in your crazy schedule.
That’s what you’ll learn in today’s show and you’ll get to see how I make time out of my own crazy schedule as well. I’m usually up by 5am everyday and don’t get back to bed until 12am mostly . . if I’m lucky. (I finished writing this post at 12am)
Why You Should Find Time For Personal Development
I read a book once by John C. Maxwell on The 15 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, and one of them is The Law of The Lid.
It essentially means that you can not be more successful in business or leadership than your current level of personal growth, that is, to get more results you have to raise your lid.
It’s a ceiling on everything – Your income, influence, your significance and legacy, and ultimately your happiness!
Ouch. Very important stuff I think. You agree? Yea?
If you are going to achieve Business Success and build a profitable and sustainable network marketing business, you must commit to personal development, but the issue it where is the time?
Or So you think! But here’s the trick.
Convert your DOWNTIME into DEVELOPMENT time.
That time when you’re really not idle, but you’re not actively engaging your mind and just coasting.
I’m talking about when you’re doing the dishes and other chores . .
on the bus or driving in transit . .
working out in the gym (or at home like me) . .
These little chunks of time actually add up to substantial part of your day if you take a moment to consider it.
Over the course of a week, a month or a year, that’s serious potential for development if you use it well.
So let’s take a peek into my daily method of operation and how I handle my project (learn about that in the video) and Find time for personal development, as I don’t joke with it.
Discover How To Find Time When You Don’t Have Time (Peek Into My Daily Routine)
My Daily Morning Routine
Before we begin, let me warn you. .
I’m a personal development junkie (I confess). Your routine does not have to be this intense, but you can adjust as it suits you. I just like to Go All In in whatever I’m doing.
- I wake up at 5am everyday, even though I moved to lekki recently and I can actually get up at 6.30 and still be at work before 8.
- I don’t joke with my quiet time. Usually 1 hour to set the tone for the day and get into the right frame of mind.
- I do 10 – 15 mins work out everyday. I don’t hit the gym at all. I do my fitness routine with different reps of push ups, pull ups, sit ups and a few exercises with the dumb bell while listening to a personal development.
- Shower and jump into my clothes, and hit the road. I plug my ears all through the journey, walking 10 minutes to the bus stop and about 40 minutes on average to my office at Onikan and between 1.5 to 2 hours to get back home. I either listen to an audio book, podcast or read an e-book.
Tip: If you drive to work, play an audio while in transit and turn your car into an audio university as I learnt from Eric Worre. If you’re not driving, then you can do audio or read and E-book.
- At work, my ears are plugged mostly and I can listen to as many as 7 podcasts / audios in a day while working. They are usually in the range of 30 – 50 minutes each.
I also use my lunch time to catch up, especially if I’m reading a book.
This actually helps to reduce my chit chat with colleagues and general office gossip, and when I’m not doing mentally tasking work like core design or typing a letter, I’m growing . . fast
When I get home after work, it’s core business and I don’t really do personal development. I’m working!
Prospecting . .
Making and receiving calls . .
Blogging . . et all
Did You Say You Can’t Find Time For Personal Development?
By now, you know that’s not true. You have the time but you just haven’t made time for it.
It’s about priorities. A famous quote says,
If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse!
We all have 24 hours in a day and there’s a reason why it’s 24 hours and not 25, because 24 hours is enough! . .
Enough to do or start something, enough to build, enough to grow. .
Making Time For Personal Development Will Reflect In Your Team In Building Your Business.
Commit to Personal Development and your team will do exactly what you do.
But in addition, you’ll raise your lid, talk better, reason smarter, think faster and wider, communicate more effectively and persuasively, become a better leader, be more influential . .
and create more success, obviously.
So Go Out And Crush It!
24 hours is all you’ve got today . .Make it count!
More Resources On Personal Development
1| Audio Podcasts I listen to on a Daily Basis
- Pat Flynn on The Smart Passive Income Podcast
- John Lee Dumas with Enterpreneur On Fire
- Ray Higdon on Home Business Profits
- Ryan Moran on Freedom Fast Lane
- Nathan Chan on The Foundr Podcast
Was that helpful? Now you no longer have an excuse not to find time for personal development. It’s time to take action.
I’m curious! Did you Enjoy These Tips? Let me know YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY in the comments and I’d really appreciate if you please share this training.
Making life worth living!
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