Vail Daily column: Take a minute to take a selfie
Taking a picture of ourselves, better known as the selfie these days, is all the rage. There are even accessories on the market like the selfie stick so we can capture even better photos and angles of ourselves. And then we post our selfies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or we text our pictures to our friends and family members.
Now think about this phenomenon for a minute. Do we ever set aside the time to take a good hard look at ourselves, or our selfie, and reflect on where we are and what we are doing? A little selfie-reflection, if you will. And if we do, what do we see?
CHANGE DOESN’T HAPPEN ON ITS OWN
For many of us, we are very satisfied with exactly where we are in our personal and professional lives and that is awesome. Others may do a little selfie-reflection and think that there are things in their life that need changing. But here’s the deal, too often people who want to see a change or make improvements in some area of their life expect the change to happen all by itself.
Change does not happen until we change, it’s as simple as that.
If we want to experience a change in our productivity, we have to change our behaviors. A sales person cannot simply state that they would like to win more business and then magically win more business. The sales person must do the behaviors that will lead to more prospects and take the time to develop the skills necessary to develop a slight edge over the competition.
Some of us have goals to improve our physique or make a change in our physical conditioning. Again, we cannot expect to see any changes unless we change our diet, make the effort and go to the gym or begin some type of exercise program. The weight will not come off and the muscles will not appear by wanting to see a change, the results will only happen when we do something and make a change.
I like taking selfies, and I have become pretty good at it. And I really like a little selfie-reflection from time to time. For me, I also like to ask others for feedback on where they see me and where I can still make improvements in my life. Friends, family members, advisors as well as my associates have all played a role in helping me reflect on who I am, where I am and what I am. Having people in my life who are willing to be open and honest with their view of who I am only helps me in the pursuit of my own goal of continuous improvement.
There is that old saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Well, how can we change if we do not take the time to look in the mirror once in a while or take that selfie to determine where we are? Change starts and stops with us, and change does not happen until we change our actions, our behaviors, our attitudes and our belief systems.
HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
Again, many of you reading this column are doing just fine. As you take the time for self-reflection, you are perfectly happy right where you are and that is awesome. And for those of us who see a little room for improvement when we look at our selfie, well we would do really well to recognize that the only way that change happens is when we personally make the decision to change and hold ourselves accountable to taking the actions necessary to create the change we want to see in our lives.
Is there something you want to change? I would love to hear all about it at goto email@example.com. And when we take a minute to take a selfie, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.
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