We all have things we could improve on. Whether that's on hard skills like learning computer programming or soft skills like relationship building, we need to take time to improve ourselves.
Stephen R. Covey said, “Being proactive is more than taking initiative. It is recognizing that we are responsible for our own choices and have the freedom to choose based on principles and values rather than on moods or conditions. Proactive people are agents of change and choose not to be victims, to be reactive, or to blame others.”
Maybe you feel like you can't change or that you will never reach a point in your career where you are confident in your work, we are here to tell you that is wrong! You can change and you can improve, it only takes proactive practice.
When you have made the commitment to change, be sure to schedule time out of your day or week to make progress on your goal. You must make a conscious commitment by setting aside time or it won’t happen. Integrate this into your routine. Make it so your practice time never gets canceled; move your practice time to another day if your schedule gets too hectic but never cancel.
Tell others about your goal and ask them to keep you accountable. Some of us need to report our progress in order to keep commitments. This accountability doesn’t need to be as a progress report, but you can tell your coworkers how your project is coming or what you improved on over the weekend.
As we make diligent efforts towards improvement, we will see progress. It might take time and energy, but we can reach our goals if we are determined to practice.
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