If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
– Dale Carnegie
Our lives are crazy; trying to balance careers, family, and friends we often neglect the most important thing, ourselves. With all the things we can do to improve, spending time alone rarely ranks high on the list. For myself, my natural mind set is to be constantly improving my career, personal relationships and home life. Spending time alone seemed selfish and a waste of time. Though my intentions were good I was consciously keeping myself from success. When you spend more time alone you will reap the benefits.
- Gather your thoughts: We can let days pass by without taking time to process the events that occur in our lives. You’d be surprised how differently our minds work when we don’t have the pressure of impressing the people around us. We are able to start our day with a clear and refreshed mind set.
- Set new goals: Only you know what you want from life so give yourself a chance to find out what that is. Taking time to envision what you want to accomplish can create the motivation to make it happen. “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
- Be genuine to yourself: Have you ever seen a great leader who wasn’t genuine and confident? One of Dale Carnegie’s principles to enhance relationships is to be genuinely interested in other people. We can use this principle to enhance our relationship with ourselves. Spending time to get to know the “real you” gives you a confidence and geniality that you can’t fake.
Make it a priority to embrace solitude on a regular basis. Being a little selfish with your time can be the glue to the success of getting ahead.