Change is a process. Not an event. I try and focus on the process and make a little bit of progress every single day. The learning never stops. It can’t. The world is changing too fast. Whenever I hit a plateau on my growth, I know it’s because I’ve relaxed on my commitment to learning. In fact, so often the reason a business stops growing is because the leadership stops growing. Increasingly, the danger isn’t just about experiencing a plateau. The real danger is becoming irrelevant or easily replaced.
Some of the most important learning and personal growth I’ve experienced in my lifetime occurred in the last 12 months during my journey home. When I committed to doing “inner work,” I learned how important self-awareness, self-love, self-compassion and self-care are to success in business and fulfillment in life.
“Happiness is not about what the world gives you. Happiness is what you think about what the world gives you.” – Mo Gawdat
A Google executive, Mo Gawdat, shared his algorithm for happiness and the formula that assisted him in his own life after losing his son. Mo goes on to define happiness as “that peaceful feeling of gratitude and life events meeting our expectations.”
VIDEO: An Algorithm for Happiness
We can’t always control our circumstances, but all of the additional suffering we’re so good at layering on is optional. This powerful perspective is available to each of us. It just requires practice.
Everything we need to live the life we deserve and desire exists inside us. It was put there for us. You can reclaim what you were made for at any time. The best place to start is on the inside — with “yourself first.” The real secret to transforming your life is to wake up and become conscious of the patterns that are currently unconscious. Thoughts shape our emotions and our emotions shape the quality of our lives.
Self-concept is your relationship with yourself. It shapes how you see and experience the world, fuels your belief system and defines your ability to connect with others.
When you elevate your self-concept, and embrace self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-love, you can elevate the quality of your life.
That is precisely why I’m heading off the grid for four days later this week. I’m going to spend time developing my practice and doing more “inner work.” That practice is a gift that I believe will keep on giving as long as I keep doing the work.
Ryan Estis helps companies and individual contributors embrace change and achieve breakthrough performance. Each live event blends original research with compelling stories that move participants to take action. Ryan has 20 years of business experience working with the world’s best brands to initiate change, inspire innovation and deliver growth. Learn more about Ryan Estis.
Ryan Estis is a Keynote Speaker & Management Consultant blogging about business performance.