How do you get from point 'A' to point 'B' both personally and professionally?
There are a number of books on this subject. There are motivational speakers, there are audio files you can listen to in your car and there college courses on the subject. But what does it really take? Fact is, it all starts with you. The only way to move forward is to realize that you are both the problem and the opportunity. You are both the accelerator and the brake. It all starts, and ends with you. Scary? Yes, but also empowering.
Here are a few areas that you must embrace to improve your chances of evolving into the person you have always wanted to become.
1) Approach life as a student. Learning cannot occur unless you admit that you don't know it all. You don't learn by talking. You learn by listening and by asking questions. Never be afraid to say 'I don't know'. We can all improve in this area - myself included. The most successful people I know are all great at asking questions.
2) Find people who will be honest with you. Sounds easy but in reality this is very hard. Most folks will not provide honest feedback on areas for improvement. They are afraid to hurt your feelings or to lose your friendship. When you find a person who will be honest in a thoughtful way, treasure them.
Life is a journey. The great equalizer is that we all have a limited amount of time. What you do with that time is up to you. Make it count.