Use It or Lose It

Use It or Lose It (Video Link)

“Use it or lose it.”  I am not sure where this phrase originated, or in what capacity.  It can apply to all aspects of our lives, however.

From a physical standpoint, if we do not exercise our body, we will lose the ability to do the things we take for granted.  How many of you have elderly parents or grandparents who could do more if they simply did more?  I do!  That will be us someday if we do not continue to use our bodies and our muscles.

From a mental standpoint, we need to continue to use our minds to keep them sharp.  Learning new things is a great way to keep your mind young.   Studies have shown that learning may also help deter Alzheimer’s.

We need to continue to utilize our skills to remain strong.  When we do not, we lose the strengths we have and need to regain them.  These skills include business skills, management skills, interpersonal skills, and so many more.

Doing all of these things will help keep us young and active, mentally and physically, even as we age.

Embrace Yourself While Improving Yourself

Embrace Yourself While Improving Yourself (Video Link)

It is important that we embrace who we are.  Each of us is unique.  We need to appreciate all our good aspects and accept our areas that need improvement.

At the same time, we need to strive to constantly become better, to improve ourselves.  This is a necessary step in achieving professional and personal success.  It is the old “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” 

We may need to improve ourselves by gaining additional knowledge or technical skills.  We may need to improve our interpersonal skills.  Whatever it is, we need to become better each day.

It can be difficult to balance embracing who we are with becoming who we want to be.  Just remember that who we are today may be perfectly fine for today, but if we want to continue to succeed, we may need to be even better tomorrow.