Do you ever feel like you could do things better? Maybe a better version of yourself, in general? Odds are that you can be — everyone has room for some improvement right? Now, before you think I’m criticizing, take a moment to consider what I’m saying. Though you are perfectly fine as you are, mostly people can stand to make a few improvements in order to be better versions themselves. From how we communicate to our finances, we can all use some professional guidance.
Let’s take a look at the definition of self-improvement:
Let us show you a few ways how to make this definition work for you.
As you can see by the very description of the word we can only improve ourselves if we make the effort and take the time to do so ourselves.
Fortunately, there are usually many ways in which we can improve ourselves and the best part about it is that by improving ourselves, we’ll improve the overall way in which we live and how look at life in the process. I’ll go first: I know that there are several areas of my life that can be improved. How I manage my time, my diet, my exercise routine, how I communicate , how I parent my children are all just a few of the areas in my life that I can name right off the top of my head that could use some improvement. I like to think of it as constant growth, like a garden. Our garden will only grow if we tend to it, water it, feed it and weed it. I like to look at my life in much the same way. I can only grow as a person if I take care of myself, feed my mind and body, and remove the bad elements in my life that are holding me back from being a better version of myself.
It’s probably not hard to identify the area or areas in your life that could use some improvement, sometimes it’s just hard to actually take the first step in improving them. Well, today just might be your lucky day! I’m here to help show you simple steps that you can take that will help you get on the path to becoming a better version of yourself.
Take Some Time for Yourself
I know, it’s easier said than done. It’s easy to make an excuse as to why we can’t find time for ourselves. The kids need me, I just have to finish writing this quick email, I have to get the dishes done, the dog needs to be walked, I just don’t have the time, etc., etc…sound familiar? Stop making excuses and start making yourself a priority. Find one minute to meditate, this will help you to tune out the noise you hear around you and help you recharge your batteries. I mean, one minute come on, that’s not too hard now, is it? Everyone can find one spare minute in their day to sneak away and meditate.
Set Your Alarm 10 Minutes Earlier
Ever heard the expression “The early bird catches the worm”? Well, now there are actual studies that prove that saying isn’t all so far off. Early risers are shown to be more successful, happier and healthier than those who are late risers. Waking up even just ten minutes earlier than usual can give you time to plan out your day, pack a healthy meal, read the paper, or if you’re like me enjoy some quiet time before your house is turned upside down by two hungry teenagers and a toddler. Make those ten minutes count and put them to work for you.
Remember those ten minutes you’ll gain by setting your alarm clock earlier? Well, you could also put them to good use by exercising. Exercise is proven to improve your mood, boost your energy, and even help you sleep better. Pilates is a great low impact form of exercise that can be done in most any room of the house and requires little to no equipment.
Break a Bad Habit
If you have a habit that you’ve been wanting to break, now is the time. Have you been trying to quit smoking, biting your nails, eating poorly, spending too much money? Well this is the perfect time to focus on breaking that bad habit. Make an effort to ditch the cigarettes by carrying mints around instead, give yourself a nice manicure that you don’t want to ruin, plan out meals and pre-pack them so that they’re ready to go in the morning, create a budget that works for you to help you track your expenses. No time like the present, right?
Since you’re going to drop a bad habit, why not pick up a new hobby with your new found time. Try out a new sport like golfing, learn tai-chi, give knitting a try, try out a cooking class, search out some local trails and set a goal to go hiking once a week. Finding something that you enjoy doing will make it easier to turn it into a routine occurrence. Learning a new skill will not only help you add another talent to your repertoire it will help you improve yourself physically and emotionally.
Know Your Weaknesses
One of the hardest parts about getting started down the path of self-improvement is acknowledging that we’re not perfect or that there are areas of our life that could use some improvement. Take a moment to evaluate yourself and your relationships and how you can improve them. Once you acknowledge that there are areas you want to improve, make a plan to change them. Take baby steps if you have to, break the area down into smaller areas and tackle them one baby step at a time.
Set New Goals
Set new goals for yourself. Maybe one of the areas that you need to improve upon is learning how to set goals that are realistic and attainable. Setting realistic goals will help you not only accomplish them it will also give you the feeling that you were able to complete them without feeling overwhelmed. Setting unrealistic goals could lead to disappointment when you feel that you won’t be able to meet the timeline that you had set. You can start by trying to give yourself a week to clean up or organize a closet. Set aside any items that you haven’t worn or thought about in a year. You can then go through that pile and separate into piles which can be donated and items that you aren’t yet ready to part with. By doing this you will not only be cleaning up a closet, you’ll also be donating clothes to a good cause.
One of the most important things to realize about self-improvement is that it’s a continuous process. There is limitless potential in this area of your life. It all depends on how much time and effort you are willing to give yourself. Remember, the most important thing to remember about self-improvement is that there are always way upon which to improve.
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