Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday. Because improvement begins with “I” and you’re the only one powerful enough to make your life better.
Self-improvement is something most people want, but not everybody works hard to focus on.
There are certain reasons why you’re not getting the improvement you’re expecting. Sometimes it’s because you lack the motivation to do so or you don’t know where to start.
Don't worry if you're experiencing similar difficulties; you're not alone. It's natural to feel lost, empty, unfulfilled, and unmotivated at times. These trials will either make you or break you, and it is up to you to decide which path you will take.
If you've already decided to become a better version of yourself, here’s a straightforward guide to self-improvement. And once you've accomplished these steps, your life will take a dramatic turn for the better.
The doors will open to those who are bold enough to knock. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, as they say, so make sure you’re ready to step out.
Pick up a new skill. If you keep repeating the same things over and over, you'll never realize your actual potential.
Build a new business or embrace a new career. But do it because you want to, not just because you need to. Taking part in innovation and change can help you achieve greater success. Henry Ford once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”.
Every time you progress and learn something new, you can be happier.
Improve your habits and stick to them
Motivation gets you started, but it’s your habits that keep you going. Is it true that your habits are making you a better person? Or are they the reason you haven’t made any progress?
Healthy living and simple things like getting up early can help you improve your behaviors. These basic actions can contribute to improving your self-discipline. Once you’ve become more disciplined, consistency is no longer an issue.
Eat healthy and have a balanced diet
You are what you eat, so start eating right and have a balanced diet.
What you eat directly affects your overall health - your body functions and every cell that makes up your entire system. So make sure you feed yourself with the right kinds of food that support your mind and body.
Giving your body the right nutrients it needs will keep you physically fit and mentally strong.
Tune out negativities on social media
Social media and news channels are open jungles of all sorts of content. Learn how to unplug and block off any form of negativity.
When you come across too much toxic content, learn to unplug. You can also choose to ignore irrelevant posts or report any harmful behavior online.
Focus only on the positive stuff and figure out how you’re going to boost your positive energy and brainpower.
Increase your concentration by managing your time wisely
Most of the time, you find it hard to complete all of your tasks because of poor time management.
Always set your goals for the day, so you’ll have a clear idea of what to tackle first and which tasks can be done later on.
Evaluate each step in your timeline to determine which is effective and which is not. You can always plan your day ahead by using journals, planners, sticky notes, or to-do-list apps.
Work on your emotions
Learn to manage your emotional reactions to avoid poor decisions. It’s pretty simple: don’t make promises when you’re happy and make decisions when you’re mad. Keep in mind that you don’t need to react to everything. Most of the time, it will be best if you just stay quiet and observe. This will cause less conflict and dramas.
Also, confront your fear of failure. Majority of the things you want to gain in life are on the other side of fear. So try to take little steps to work on what scares you, and you’ll be surprised by every opportunity that awaits you.
Working on your emotions and fears will require you to adapt to various circumstances. And to do that effectively, you first need to stop overthinking.
Be free, express yourself
Unhappy people are those who aren’t able to express themselves freely. They’re too scared to show who they really are because they think people will judge them.
If you’re among them, ditch the society curse. You’re not born to please people; you’re born to enjoy your own life. As long as you’re not harming yourself and others, you’re free to do whatever will make you happy.
So how will you express yourself? Celebrate small victories, find your happy place, and love yourself more.
A person who improves even in little ways is always one step ahead to happiness. And you won’t improve if you’re always unhappy.
Grow genuine relationships
Meeting new people and socializing boosts your self-esteem and socialization skills. But don’t forget to build genuine relationships if you want to avoid toxic energy. By keeping your circle small, you will see the people who truly care about you.
Being a helping hand is one way to have a good relationship with others. It’s nice to have friends you can talk to, but it’s even better to be a reliable friend to them.
But remember that even if you're really close, learn to set boundaries because even best friends need respect and privacy.
When you strive to be better than you are now, everything around you becomes better, too.
If you reach the point of doubting yourself, remember this phrase “everything I need is already in me”.