It seems counter intuitive, but in order to help others, writer Jim Rohn at Success recommends that you need to help yourself first. Of course, he means that giving yourself the gift of self-improvement can go a long way in helping others who seek advice from you. Self-development--whether it's making yourself more knowledgeable, wiser, caring, and compassionate--reflects in your person and in your work, which goes on to support and help others.
What kinds of things can you do for building your self-improvement? We recommend:
- Read more, and broadly: Read books in genres you would not typically read, and especially read outside your comfort zone. This challenges you and gives you more insight in others and their work.
- Learn creative skills: Many of us get stuck in a rut of work, but if we bring in more arts and crafts into our lives, we not only add something fun, but we also develop ourselves in a well-rounded, renaissance person.
- Support your mental health: Get sleep, treat yourself to small luxuries, have more fun, and complain less are just a few ways to reduce stress and anxiety that tax your mental health. By staying mentally healthy, we can also support others who need a mental health boost.
As Rohn puts it, "Self-development enables you to serve, to be more valuable to those around you—for your child, your colleagues, your business, and your community." Overall, self-development is not just about you, but others as well.
To learn about more support strategies, visit the Self-Improvement section of our blog.
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