The most effective way to achieve personal growth is to ask ourselves difficult questions. Although pondering how to become better individuals is often daunting, simplifying life questions with a single action item makes “personal growth” a tangible goal rather than a lifelong, mystical feat.
As you take on this week, try responding to each of these insights with a single way to improve as a friend, leader and most importantly, to be the best version of yourself.
1. Want to attain inner freedom? Continually and sincerely ask the question: “Who am I?”
2. When you embody the courage to be vulnerable, you feel why your weakness is actually toughness in disguise.
– Inspired by our conversation with Dr. Sean Richardson, Performance psychologist
3. Remember that it isn’t your emotions that are positive or negative; Rather, it’s the act that they trigger that’s positive or negative.
4. Athletic improvement is a blend of biology and psychology. Personalize your approach.
– Inspired by our conversation with David Epstein, Author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
5. Leadership requires you to be a great teammate. Greatness, first and foremost, is a team sport.
– Inspired by our conversation with Mark Divine, Author of The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
6. Embrace leadership, and measure it by the leaders you develop, not the followers you gain.
7. Commit to a creative act – one that requires risk and pattern recognition – and you’re likely to trigger ‘Flow.’
8. The expert is the one who has made as many mistakes as possible in a particular topic. Become one.
9. Contribution isn’t reserved for the wealthy. In America we throw away two billion pounds of food each year when half the world is dying of hunger.
10. Worry is misery without a result. Opt for faith instead.