A Well-Rounded Approach to Living

There are many ideas that could be shared to help you build a more successful personal and professional life. Here are eight to get you started. Use them as a starting point and add to the list so you can develop a system to help you accomplish what you’d like to do with your life. Try rating yourself on each point. Remember, if you don’t do it, who will?

Develop an effective personality. Building a successful career is highly dependent on your ability to work well with people. Let’s face it; there is no real value in being a hermit! You must be friendly, polite, cooperative, humble—yet proud. Be a person whose word is their bond, someone who can be depended upon when the chips are down.

Be a People Person. Strive to always understand the other person’s point of view. Practice empathy and walking in their shoes before casting judgment—more easily said than done—but very important for taking the right approach to effective living.

Sell Yourself. It’s important that you like who you are. If you don’t, you can never sell your skills, talents or ambition to anyone effectively. Be confident, not arrogant, and build a trust in your abilities.

Never Stop Learning. This step goes hand in hand with the last point. Read, attend college classes, seminars. Study the experiences of others so you won’t repeat their same mistakes. Never go to bed with the same quantity of information you possessed when you woke up in that morning. Soak up knowledge at every opportunity.

Develop a Sound Value System. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand right from wrong. You know the difference. The question is have you adopted values that support right or perpetuate wrong? We have many corporate leaders who clearly have their value systems turned off. Don’t fall into the trap of letting ambition, power, and greed get in the way of doing the right thing.

Be an Effective Communicator. Learn how to express yourself well with words. Master writing so others have a clear understanding of your message. Couple these with a strong knowledge base and you can catapult your upward mobility dramatically. Practice listening more than you talk and you will be seen as a great communicator.

Focus Your Life. Do you have a direction established with your career? Are you clear about the values and direction you want your family to take? Focus helps establish priorities and enhances your ability to reach greater levels of success.

Undergo Constant Evaluation. Few things improve without a tough review of processes and methodology. Make a daily habit of reviewing all actions taken and lessons learned. Make changes based upon these facts and you are light years ahead of those who choose to never evaluate anything about their life.

Well, how did you do? Are you comfortable you’ve mastered these tips or do you feel you still have a long way to go? One way to get a feel for all this is to ask the opinion of a trusted friend—someone who will tell you the truth because they love you. Compare notes and develop the adjustment plan for improving yourself. Life should be an upward spiral towards excellence, a continuous improvement journey. Are you ready for the trip?


Billy Arcement, MEd is a Professional Speaker, Leadership Strategist and President of The Results Group. He wrote the book, Searching for Success, now internationally published. He co-authored, Journeying on Holy Ground—Christian Strategies to Reach Your Personal, Professional, and Spiritual Destiny.  ©2012. All rights reserved. Use by permission.