All of us have tried to improve ourselves over time – reading books, listened to podcasts, watching videos and listening to ‘gurus’. Yet, most of us are struggling with personal development. I was too. Then, it dawned on me. I went back all the way back to my education at MIT and the course – System Dynamics – that was taught by Prof. John Sterman (I got my only B in it). Yet, that course has influenced my life more than any course I took at MIT. Let me explain.
We try to solve problems by addressing one thing at a time – developing lofty goals OR identifying our strengths OR working on a weakness OR trying to gain more knowledge OR networking with a few people,… While each of those could make you better, they probably don’t help you achieve your goals. Be honest. How many times have you decided that the time and money you spent on something was wasted? And, it keeps happening.
The answer is systems thinking. Nothing in this universe exists in isolation. Everything is inter-related. We may not understand the relationships or the magnitude of the cross-effects, but the inter-relatedness exists. But, we often tend to think of things and solutions in isolation.
After years of thinking and experimentation, I developed a framework which captures the major inter-related elements required for improving oneself or one’s organization –the iCLIMB framework.
i – Take stock of yourself, your business, organization, project, and broader context. You can only achieve your goals with who you are, from where you are, … therefore, understand yourself and where you are now.
C – Clarity, Commitment & Community
Develop Clarity – of what success means to you. Write down WHY
you want those outcomes. Making a Commitment is the foundation for living intentionally through thick and thin.
L – Leverage your strengths and enablers of success for that goal.
i – Live Intentionally to achieve your goals. Have Intentionality about succeeding – how will you see the world, think, decide and act consistent with your goals.’
M – Minimize your DISABLERS and fatal weaknesses (silent killers of success’)
B – Build momentum by CONSTANTLY improving yourself with Antifragility – becoming better and more confident (like the hydra in Greek mythology), whether you succeed or fail.
There is more to each of these six elements than I can cover here. I use the iCLIMB framework to teach three master classes on how to – become unstoppable (antifragile), make more money, and become smart AND successful – and achieve your personal greatness – become an ACHIEVER among your peers, classmates, friends, family…
Check this link for the programs: https://www.ismartandsuccessful.com//programs/
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