In this blog series I am going through 15 Challenges that the late Jim Rohn dared us to pursue in our own lives.
Today we will be talking about the first challenge that Jim Rohn gave us.
Review Your Performance
Whether it’s communication, whether it’s activity, whether it’s a CEO, whether it’s on the job. Here’s what my father said: “Always do more than you are paid for to make an investment in your future.” Now some unions would argue with that. My father was so unique. Review your performance—your language with your children. Say, “Have I been too harsh, too strong, too stubborn? Should I have learned to be easier and mixed more compassion with the tough stuff I have to deal with?” And yes, prayer will help. Ask for help to say the right thing, not to ruin it all by poor communication.
We need to take time in our lives to review our own performance. Reflection is an important part of growing yourself as a person.
You can look at the things you did well and let those reinforce the continuing of doing those things that have brought you success. Even if you did the right things, you might find that by reflecting on those things, you can find ways to do those right things even better. Maybe there is a way you can find to do those things more efficiently or with less effort. This would make you more productive. Maybe you can find a way to do those right things, but reach more people in the process. If you can impart your positives onto more people, you can see that the overall good those things cause will grow. Your influence can help others and that is ultimately, the best you could ever hope for.
You can also look at mistakes that you made. You should not be afraid to make mistakes, but when you do, it is important that you take the time to reflect upon those mistakes and do what you can not to repeat those mistakes. It is said that we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes and I truly believe that. Don’t miss the opportunity to improve yourself because you were not willing to review the mistakes you have made in your life.
I love the quote from Jim’s father. I think that any time we do more than what is called for, we are only helping ourselves. You will hear people say that they have regrets for not putting enough effort into something in their lives, but you very rarely hear a person say that they put too much effort into something they did. Don’t live your life with regrets. You may not always do the right things, but if you do the things you do with a high level of effort, doing more than the bare minimum of what is asked of you, you will have a life that you can most certainly be proud of. You will be able to leave this life with your head held high.
I think it is important to pay attention to the words that you use with people. Are the words you use too harsh? Sometimes. Are they too kind? I think it is rare you will ever say that. Do your words tear people down or build people up? Building people up will take you a lot farther in life.
Prayer is always a good idea. Through prayer, you are tapping into a power much greater than anything you could ever muster on your own. You will find that you can do things that you might not have even known were possible. Take advantage of the One who loves and cares for us more than any other person we could ever meet in this world.
Communication is everything in this world. You can have all the best ideas in your head, but if you can’t communicate those ideas to others, it doesn’t do much good. Take the time to always work on and refine your communication skills. They will take you so far in life.
I challenge each of you to take the time to review your perfomance on a regular basis. It is not a waste of time. You will find that some of your greatest growth as a person will happen when you are actively reviewing what you are doing.