We see more than 2,000 messages every day. How many are beneficial and productive? The buffet of information is either overwhelming and distracting or delivers education, motivation and purpose to our professional and personal lives. The deciphering of content to absorb the helpful data and ignore the meaningless information is a daily battle.
Why is this important? What we hear, see and dwell upon we become. Professional development is a lifelong journey. There is no magic wand that will take us from rookie-level skills to CEO of the year. To everything admirable, the process takes time.
Along the way, top-notch training is involved. Mentoring has to happen. Continued education plays a major part. A true leader always wants to do better, never satisfied.
Improvement, no matter how high on the achievement ladder we’ve climbed, is a work in progress. We must get to the next step. Our families depend on it. Our teams depend on it.
The question is are we disciplined and dedicated to surround ourselves with what will add value to our professional development, or will we allow negative messages to hold us back from our maximum potential. Let’s swim in the positive pool and avoid the contaminated lake that poisons our companies, organizations and more importantly, ourselves.