It was the Fall of 2014 when I made the decision to do something differently.
Up until then I'd set aside Friday afternoons as my Education days.
This was when I would watch a webinar, learn a new skill, read a book, listen to a podcast…
All with the intention to learn something that would make me better and make more money for my business.
And every Friday afternoon I could be found at the computer or in my favorite chair.
I've been doing this for years, so it was definitely a habit and routine that I was used to.
The problem was that it wasn't working like I wanted it to.
I was cramming a LOT of learning into just a few hours and expecting change to happen throughout the following week.
As I write this I'm shaking my head because I know better. I know that changes happen in little increments over time, building on each bit of change until the big one occurs. And I've done that with many things in my life.
And yet, there I sat, at my computer, feeling frustrated because I wasn't getting much better, my business wasn't growing like I wanted it to, and everything felt “blah” – you know…the same as it always had.
Then I got it – I realized that I was doing it all wrong for the kind of changes I wanted to happen.
Instead of having an Education Friday – I began taking an hour each morning, every morning (yes, even on weekends), as education time. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I read and then listen to a podcast. Sometimes I just listen to an audio of a successful person sharing their experience.
And I'm noticing some changes. In myself and how I respond to others and in my business (I'm making more money).
I've had moments of imbalance and I'll get to those in another post.
For now, I just wanted to share that after I began a daily routine of educating myself … I got better and my business got better.
What do you do, every day, that makes you better?