Beginning your self-improvement journey and looking for a place to start?
I’ve got a few tips to share with you that I’ve picked up from my own travels through self improvement.
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I’ve been headed toward the destination of self-satisfaction for a little while now, and I’ve learned there is never an end to self improvement – not if you’re trying to live your best life possible. For those like me, it’s a continuous battle between self-doubt and a yearning for self-fulfillment. But if you continue through the doubt, you will prosper and be a better person for it.
As you begin your own journey, I hope you will find these tips helpful and inspiring.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
6 Tips for Beginning Your Self-Improvement Journey
1. Surround Yourself with Positive People
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but really think about it. We are an image of the people we spend the most time with. Spending more time with individuals with positive attitudes and who encourage you, can improve your productivity. Likewise, spending more time with those who let their unhappiness shine, can negatively impact your progress toward your goals. I know it’s impossible to cut ties with family and coworkers completely, but if the time you spend with them consists of constant negative talk, it would be worth cutting that time in half. You will see a noticeable difference in no time.
2. Journal Daily
Whether electronically or on paper, keeping a personal journal can be an invaluable asset. It is a great way to keep track of how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown. You will be able to see attitude changes and shifts in the way you say or perceive things. I’ve found myself thinking, “Wow, did I really write that?,” while looking through past entries. And, who knows, maybe you’ll decide to write your own memoir later in life.
3. Use Quotes for Inspiration
It’s funny how just a few words strung together in such a poetic fashion can make you feel so creative, impulsive, and inspired. I have inspirational quotes posted all around my house; on my desk, on my refrigerator, and as a screen saver for my phone. What can I say, these things really work. I have a couple boards dedicated to quotes on Pinterest, because I believe in them that much. You can even buy (or make) these cute signs for your house now, so they fit right in as decor.
4. Build One New Habit at a Time
This is a big one. Build ONLY one new habit at a time. Why? Because if you try to change everything at once, you will end up failing and sitting on the floor crying in utter defeat. I know. I’ve been there. You’ve read your first personal development book (Mine was Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles. You can find my take on it here.), and you’re pumped and ready to make all these changes. But let’s think about it for a minute. It took your whole life to create your current habits and get so comfortable with them. It might not take quite so long to replace them, but it’s going to take some work. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with keeping up with so many new habits to remember. Focus on one, and once you feel you’ve conquered that, move on to the next.
5. Start By Building Upon Your Current Foundation
The best way to start working on yourself is to begin with what you have or already know. Find an activity you enjoy, like reading, and dedicate an hour a day to that task. If you want to add more personal fitness to your daily routine, start with dedicating 30 minutes a day walking, and add in new exercises as you get comfortable with them. If you are interested in picking up a new hobby, start with something you already have a basic knowledge of and learn more about it. Sign up for that alternative language or photography class.
6. Set Obtainable Goals
This is also an important tip to remember. Setting goals is, of course, a necessity if you want to measure your success and feel accomplished. However, you must set goals that are obtainable. I encourage you to set short term and long term goals, and write them down. If you set out on a journey without a final destination in mind, you might start strong, but you’ll end up wandering aimlessly. Decide on your long term goals, and break them down into steps (short term goals) that you need to complete to achieve the long term goals. Achieving these short term goals and being able to mark them off the list, will keep you moving toward your long term goal and feeling accomplished in the process.
As you apply these tips and begin your own self-improvement journey, I also encourage you to never stop learning and growing in yourself. If you invest in yourself, those you care about benefit as well.
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