You’re pretty awesome. You have achieved greatness in so many areas of your life—career, family, community and beyond. But just because you can look back and be proud of your accomplishments doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t strive for continuous improvement.
We all have work to do.
According to a study cited in Scientific American, most people believe that they are above average, a statistical impossibility. The above average effects, as they are called, are common. For example, 93 percent of drivers rate themselves as better than the median driver. Of college professors, 94 percent say that they do above-average work.
While this may not apply to you, we do tend to see ourselves in a bright light, despite the fact that we may be battling our inner critic each day. This bright light doesn’t always translate to image or actions, but may translate into invincibility. For example, are you someone who neglects your own physical and emotional needs in order to care for others? See what I mean? This tendency to “be above average” in resiliency is also cited in the study.
Perhaps it’s time for a self-assessment followed by some continuous improvement. Where can you do better? Personal development, eating habits, health and self-care and learning to forgive and forget are all areas in which each one of us should strive for continuous improvement.
Another area to explore is confidence.
How can you improve your level of confidence around your personal brand and your professional achievements. Yes, confidence is an area that always needs continuous improvement. The study cited above explores over confidence and, in some cases, arrogance around our work. But there is a very healthy level of confidence that we should own. It’s all about finding the correct balance to know our capabilities and know when we need improvement. Believe it or not, crafting your resume is a great tool to help you build your confidence and self-assess areas for improvement.
Consider what areas you need to work on and please let go of the idea that slowing down or taking a break means you’re being lazy or selfish. If the healer isn’t well, then how can you heal and inspire greatness in others?
Kim Monaghan, PCC, RYT, CPBS is the owner of KBM Coaching & Consulting LLC, a boutique Human Resources Consulting and Career Coaching Firm serving a national clientele.