Renovation Through Self-Improvement

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The Why

Self-improvement is like renovating your home. Everything may still be in place – the roof is solid, the plumbing is still as good as new, and it looks decent on the outside. But when you decide to repaint the master bedroom or stain the fence, you are making a good home even better. There was nothing wrong with it before, but change can be a good thing. Upgrades to your house can even make the market value increase.

Certain people are more attracted to self-improvement techniques than others. Those who are immensely self-aware and open-minded (i.e., willing to change) often look for ways to better themselves. Acknowledging self-improvement strategies, though, is helpful for everyone. In the professional world, working on improving oneself has stunning benefits:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Marketability
  • Job security
  • Innovation
  • Leadership development
  • Increased productivity
  • Job satisfaction

The How

Probably, the best way to improve your performance—or anything else that you are trying to increase—is through continuous learning. Seeking information on how to do something better or more efficiently will give you a direction to follow. Look at LinkedIn Learning or MasterClass for guidance on improving certain skills. You can also find thousands of free courses from different companies and universities, many of which include certificates.

In addition to improving skills for your professional goals, developing soft skills improves your ability to do your job as well as work with others. Unlike hard skills, soft skills can be used outside of a work environment, too. Creativity, teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution are all skills that can improve your momentum both in and out of your career.

Mentorship or coaching allows you to find guidance from someone who has been in your shoes. Coaches are available for various focal points. They are particularly helpful with developing the soft skills previously mentioned. You can find coaches through online programs, LinkedIn, and other professional websites. You can also look to see if your industry has a mentorship program. There are plenty of programs out there for different areas of development.

Another important aspect of self-improvement is tracking your progress. If you don’t pay attention to where you have been, you never know where you have gone. This may look like charting numbers that reflect a goal or doing a self-assessment every two weeks. No matter how you track it, this is vital. Seeing how you are moving can help you see where you still need to focus energy on improvement.

Go Forth

Everyone benefits from self-improvement, including those who interact with you. Whether in your personal life or professional life, exploring new ways to improve yourself can level the playing field. Learn something new each day. Ask for help from a mentor or other professional that you trust. Build yourself up, and you can see progress every day.

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AJ Jewell

Amber "AJ" Jewell started at in 2016 as a part-time admin assistant, quickly moving to be the 'Duchess of Flow" - making sure that the office is flowing smoothing. AJ is also an award-nominated author, homeschooling parent of three, an avid reader, and a college student.
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