Put 10% into your EDUC (education) account whenever you receive money, such as your salary. You can use the EDUC funds for your self-education, such as books, seminars and events etc. Everyone needs to learn, especially in this changing world. Grow your comfort zone through learning and doing. If you are not growing, you are dying! Take this quote from Ben Franklin: ‘If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!’
Dan Sullivan of the Strategic Coach recommends that you allot time in your schedule for specific activities such as planning, serving clients, and education. It is important that when you are spending time on growing yourself that you do not feel guilty and allow yourself to be distracted by all the other things you should be doing. Instead, think of how you are strengthening yourself and your skills so that you can better serve your clients and grow your business.
I encourage you to make learning a priority in your business. Here are three simple ways you can do that:
- Set a monthly or quarterly budget for your personal and professional development and spend it.
- Schedule time into your calendar to learn a new skill or success principle every week.
- When you are engaged in an education program – show up 100%. Listen to audio all the way through, attend webinars and focus on what is being taught, read articles and make notes, and implement what you learn.
So next time you are scheduling your time and your budget, be sure to include a healthy dose of professional development. It is good for you and your clients.