Practical Ways to Focus on Self-Improvement in 2018

Practical Ways to Focus on Self-Improvement in 2018

This is a guest post by Trevor McDonald.

Is there ever a time when you don’t want to be a better person? Probably not. But a new year offers the perfect time to kick those goals into high gear.

This isn’t to say that you’ve been a bad person, but we all have things we want to improve upon. For example, you may strive to be more patient or empathetic. There are certain goals that everyone can reach for because none of us will ever be perfect.

Knowing that you have room to grow is one of the best characteristics a person can have. If you’ve ever met someone who thinks they do no wrong, you know this to be true.

Self-improvement is an important part of life. It’s also a vital component in keeping relationships strong. Here are some tips:

Tips for Improving Your Health, Mental Clarity and Empathy in 2018

1. Practice yoga.

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Yoga is great for the mind, body and soul. It’s a great exercise for anyone at any fitness level. But more than that, a regular yoga practice can also help you manage stress. It’s always helpful to have a healthy outlet for negativity. This way, you’ll be less likely to take frustrations out on others.

Try to practice yoga at least three times a week, and you’ll improve flexibility and reduce stress.

You can practice yoga at home with a fitness DVD or attend class at a studio or gym. You’re practicing yoga to improve yourself, so this should be a lasting commitment. Choose whatever option you think you’ll stick with.

2. Try meditation.

Meditation is the practice of calming and strengthening your mind. It can be a moment of refuge where you can release your stress, anger, and negativity. Most people think of someone who has wronged them as their worst enemy. In fact, you are often your own worst enemy.

Have you ever thought you’re not good enough in some way? We all have a negative soundtrack that plays in our minds.

Meditation can help you quiet those thoughts and change your inner narrative.

To start, you can keep it simple. Sit in a quiet room facing a blank wall. Dim the lights. You don’t want any distractions. Next, take a deep breath in and slowly release. Focus on the exhale. Don’t try to control it. Notice it. As you breathe deeply and heavily, your body will naturally begin to relax.

Notice the way your body feels. Can you feel the weight of your arm as it rests on your thigh? Are your shoulders tense or relaxed? Make an effort to relax every muscle in your body.

Now that you’re relaxed and in position, continue your deep breathing. Notice thoughts as they enter your mind. Here’s the hard part: Don’t follow them. Let them leave as fast as they came. Your goal is to quiet your thoughts, but that may not be possible at first. That’s ok.

Practice meditation every morning, if possible. Over time, you’ll find that you’re less stressed and more in control.

3. Learn something new each day.

This old standby goal can really help you become a more well-rounded person. Whether you’re learning a new skill or how to cope with adversity, you’re on the road to self-improvement.

Think about the areas where you need most improvement. If you’re worried that you don’t have enough skills, maybe take up photography or web design. If you have a fear of failure, find a book or podcast that works on that.

If you’re in a slump and don’t know what to learn, here are some podcasts to get you started:

The Daily Boost (free on Mondays) – 9 minutes of tips and strategies to keep you motivated each day.

Meditation Oasis – Guided meditations, meditation instruction and music for meditation

Happier with Gretchen Rubin – Episodes focused on stress relief and joy

Good Life Project – A movement inspiring everyone to learn, grow and live a better life

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes – One of the top business and self-development podcasts with guests like Alanis Morissette, Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield.

4. Create something great.

You don’t have to be creative to create. Every one of us has the ability to do great things. Think about your special talents.

What do you have to offer the world? Create a project around that and plan to complete it by the end of the year.

Not only will you feel accomplished, but you’ll also have a greater sense of purpose and worth. If you crochet, maybe you can find an opportunity to volunteer your services to people in need. Say, crocheting blankets for orphans?

Your contribution doesn’t have to be altruistic either. If you’re a musician, this could be the year you start a band. If programming is your thing, maybe you build a helpful app or website.

Whatever you do, find a way to share your gift with the world.

Even when you’re happy with who you are, it’s healthy to strive to become a better person. Continue working on self-improvement and you’ll only improve with age!

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

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1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career