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Accolades August 13 2021

Keep the momentum going in your personal and professional evolution

Evolving both personally and professionally doesn’t happen overnight. It happens step by step and with intention.

Focusing your energy on your professional development – just as you do with your personal growth – is critical to moving forward and reaching your full potential.

Growth happens between the edges of two cliffs. Between anxiety and boredom lies the path where we become focused and learn at an exponential rate.

This is what people call the ‘Challenge-Skills Sweet Spot’. We are thrilled about learning a new skill, but we are not too challenged where we can get high sick, and walkway.

Once we put ourselves there, we automatically focus. This is because the challenge of the task slightly exceeds our skillset making us want to stretch, but not break ourselves.

Instill challenges in your life

Steven Kotler, a high-performance expert, claims he puts himself in the challenge-skills sweet spot up to 8 times a day.

Having a clear goal in mind with an uncertain outcome and a pinch of anxiety to negate any boredom and a dose of fear is the key to reaching this sweet spot. This makes us focus, and focus brings us to the state of flow we need to evolve.

Celebrate small wins

Another way to start slowly upgrading yourself is living by small wins.

“Small wins are exactly what they sound like, and are part of how keystone habits create widespread changes.” — Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit)
The science in living with ‘Tiny Habits’ is that they are based on emotions.

According to several studies, repetition is correlated with habits but does not necessarily create them. Emotions causes habit to form. The emotions you feel during or after the process of forming a behavior.

Big changes happen in tiny increments. The key is to strategically design small wins in our daily lives and feel great about these tiny improvements.

Embrace vulnerability

Last but not least, is to start embracing vulnerability — the courage to be open to another human. 

Your ‘Vulnerable Spots are those situations, places, relationships, activities that make you feel fearful, discomfort, challenged, or unsettled.

Working from these spots is the most courageous thing to do. It comes with uncertainties but brings extraordinary growth.

Vulnerability is the vehicle for meaningful connections — Working from there will allow you to grow through your traumas and strengthen your relationships by improving the quality of connection through trust, belonging, and genuine concern towards one another.

Vulnerability is not comfortable, but it does not have to be excruciating either. It is a necessity so embrace it.

So, are you ready to start upgrading yourself?