One of the most fulfilling things that any person can do, is to take some kind of action that can promote improvement in a certain area of their life. Think about this from your own perspective… Do you remember a time when you accomplished something that proved you had become better at it? How did you feel?
For me it happened when I first began my career as a Health Educator. One of my duties was to educate groups of people on how to become healthier or keep healthy; thus, my main goal at the time was to improve my public speaking.
The first question that popped into my mind was… where do I start? After all, this was a job and my boss was aready scheduling presentations for me, so I didn’t have the time or luxury of taking a public speaking class before I started my presentations. I just had to jump into action and perform to the best of my ability!
Stressful? You bet! But despite how nervous I got before giving a talk — mostly due to my lack of experience — I pushed myself, I got out and started speaking. As expected, I was mediocre at first. But I kept trying, learning, studying, and practicing.
When the opportunity came to speak to a large group of university students, over 250 altogether, I delivered my most confident and motivating talk to-date. I still remember the rush of excitement at the end of the talk when the students stood up applauding and many lined up to ask me questions. I knew I had taken a step in the right direction. The real win: I was improving and it was an awesome feeling! My self-confidence was soaring!
Fast forward several years… I’m now an entrepreneur and I spend most of my time developing my business, exploring, discovering, creating, writing, and implementing as many self-improvement ideas as I can. I don’t give presentations to large groups anymore but that exprience made me realize that I was not merely improving my public speaking but actually reprogramming my mind for success. In a way, I was brainwashing myself to get rid of old habits and beliefs while imprinting new, more empowering ones. I was learning how to expand my comfort zone. The big lesson here is: you can reprogram your mind to become better at anything you want.
Here are 7 things you might want to try that will help you reprogram your mind to become a new and improved version of yourself:
- Emulate a role model
Look for a teacher or mentor or another person you admire and study what they do. Then, emulate their traits yourself to the best of your ability. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Try and test and see what works for you.
- Learn to trust the sound of your own voice
Oftentimes, we are too self-conscious and don’t like the way we look, the way we sound, or some other thing about ourselves. If this is you, realize that others do not see or hear you as you see or hear yourself. If possible, ask a close friend or relative to give you positive feedback while you present to them. If this is not an option, practice in front of a mirror, but above it all, remember not to be too self-counscious.
- Hang out with an influencer
Similar to emulating a role model, but this goes a step further. If you happen to pesonally know the person you have chosen as a role model, ask them if they could mentor you for a while. Make it a win-win for both of you; for instance, offer to assist them with something they may need help with in exchange for their coaching or mentoring.
- Don’t succumb to the voices in your head
So many times we let the voices in our head run rampant and convince us that we are not good enough to do this or that or try to convince us of what others will think of us, when in reality, it is all in our heads. Bringing this into awareness will help you realize that your ego is trying to “run the show” and from that point of reference you’ll have the power to take control and make your own consious decisions and conclusions.
- Use new relationships to develop a new persona
Motivational Speaker, Jim Rohn, once said “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with” and either we like it or not, it is true… so choose your friends and acquintances wisely! If you want to become more successful, choose successful people as friends.
- Be humble
No matter how good you get at something, do not allow your ego to take over. Be humble and remember often that there is always room for improvement in most everything.
- Get up early and study
This should be a given but so many don’t think about it, so I had to mention it. My father always told me that success belongs to those that wake up early, study, and practice their trade, and make a habit of doing so continuously. I follow his advise to this day, and invite you to do the same. After just a few days or weeks, you’ll realize how much you have become better at your business, profession, relationships, or whatever it is you want to improve upon… and it’s an awesome feeling and motivator to reprogram your mind for success!
How have you tried to reprogram your mind? How did it work? What would you do differently? Why? Why not? Please share of your experience below. This is how we all learn from each other… thank you!!