What's one of the best thing you can do this year to help yourself be happier, more productive, more influential, more creative and even healthier?
According to research, the single action that can contribute most to all these things is to develop the habit of learning new skills. Whether through reading a book, listening to a podcast, attending a conference, researching a topic, learning a new language, obtaining a new qualification, signing up to a course - regular self development will enrich your mind, outlook and attitude.
Here are 3 of the benefits:
So the arguments for developing yourself are compelling but how practically do you develop the habit - one book doesn't make a library! Again we know from research that a habit can be developed by repeated behaviours over 20 days or more. To give yourself as chance - make sure you set yourself easily achievable targets - better to challenge yourself to listen to a podcast for 10 minutes a day rather than complete a whole book each week. Be mindful of your schedule and your preferred learning styles - for example, if you dislike reading - look out for videos, podcasts or courses that you can sign up to. Finally, although developing yourself is a reward in itself - start telling others as well so you share your insights and notice as your network starts to broaden.
For opportunities to develop yourself this year go to our training courses for a wide selection of opportunities!