By Brooke Dorratt

One of the greatest tragedies of becoming an adult is that we stop being deliberate about our own personal growth. People get busy, they lose focus and they start to accept mediocrity. All too often I see leaders waiting for their company to send them on a course, pay for them to enrol in a program, buy them a book or send them to a conference. If you are not prepared to invest in yourself, then why would or should anyone else? It is true that, “If you don’t invest in yourself, you are a poor judge of a good investment.” I believe that there is a connection between your financial success, the quality of your relationships and your professional achievements, directly with the time, energy and money you invest in yourself.

There is that old saying,

WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY THE TEACHER APPEARS.What I have learnt over the past 35 years as a personal growth student is that the teacher is not always a teacher in the traditional sense.

Lessons will be taught from multiple sources in various ways—it could be a quote you read, a comment someone makes in your company, a message you hear on a podcast, a billboard you see as you drive along the highway. Life is made up of a series of lessons.

Determine what you want to be better at, or need to do to achieve better results, and look to use these 8 ways to develop yourself:

  1. Reading … Read about topics you want to learn more about each day.
  2. Mentoring … Find a master to learn from, and connect with them regularly.
  3. Reflecting … Take time out to reflect on what is working and what is not.
  4. Learning … Put yourself in environments that inspire and inform you.
  5. Experiencing … Do something different to what you are used to doing.
  6. Listening … Listen to podcasts on the areas you are interested in.
  7. Networking … Connect with people who are going to lift you up.
  8. Journaling … Capture your ideas, thoughts and messages in a journal.

Anyone who has ever tapped into their potential has used these 8 methods on a regular basis to accelerate their learning, achievement and success. To be masterful, you need to be in a learning mode—which means first you need to be an apprentice. Yes it can be a challenge to take a step back and be the learner again. It is uncomfortable and sometimes, inconvenient.

In your life, what do you want to be masterful at? What methods are you going to implement?