Do you feel great just the way you are? Let’s acknowledge that we’re fantastic just the way we are! Everything you’ve done and everything you are makes you you, which is a pretty terrific individual!
Now let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that there are things we’d like to change. Nope, we are not perfect. Like I said in a previous article you are not your imperfections and nor are you perfect. However, no doubt there are some things you would like to change, not to become perfect but to become a better you. Maybe it’s how you deal with your personal, business, or work challenges, or perhaps what you do when confronted with a disrespectful colleague.
These little habits or tendencies may frustrate you, but they could also stand in the way of how you relate to others. So, why let them?
Here are five small steps that will help you become a better you.
1. Know Yourself
We take for granted that we know who we are and what we want. But unfortunately, no one teaches us how to determine our likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams. And we can take many twists and turns in life before we actually know who we are.
One of the most important steps of self-improvement is understanding yourself. So, get curious about what makes you who you are and what makes you tick. Most of the things we know about ourselves lie on the surface of our conscious self. But there are many other layers of which we are not familiar. They lie underneath the surface and bubble up when we least expect them. It’s those surprising things that reflect our real character. Once you become familiar with all the layers that make you you, you can start making the changes you need to improve.
Look at yourself objectively and ask yourself these questions:
2. Sleep well
Are you a night owl, or one that likes to party all the time? If so then this is something you need to work on because you may be neglecting your obligations. It’s certainly okay to go out with friends and enjoy a night out once and awhile. Socialization is important. But, it’s a whole different ball game when you watch mind-numbing hours of TV or scroll through social media into the wee hours of the morning.
That’s playing havoc on your cognitive abilities, as well as your physical health. Plus, it’s wasting countless hours when you could be focusing on more important priorities.
Did you know that the average adult needs between 7–9 hours of sleep each night? Getting that quality sleep will help you wake up fresh, energized, and ready to embark on a new day.
Good sleep boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and helps you maintain your weight. In addition, it can lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and Type-2 diabetes.
3. Exercise Regularly. Be aware that your physical well-being has a direct impact on your mental and emotional state. Therefore, being healthy is important to living a high-quality lifestyle and not fearing what needs to be changed or improved.
It is important to remember that through regular exercise and eating healthy foods, you fuel your body and mind. So, you stop aching all over and start feeling energized.
You can go up a flight of stairs without feeling like your heart is about to pop out of your chest. Walking becomes your new way of transportation, and your clothes fit better than ever on you.
Combined, these things influence how you feel about yourself. When you look good, your self-esteem gets a nice boost. You become more confident want to try new things or meet new people.
Now you might say, “I am not fully capable of exercise as I have a lot of physical aches and pains.” Certainly I am referring here to those who are capable of exercising. For those who are having difficulty with exercise there is sufficient data to support that appropriate exercise helps ease pain and stiffness as it increases flexibility and strength, reduces joint pain, and aides in combating fatigue.
4. Keep Learning
Make a habit of learning something new each day for the rest of your life. Life-long learning has many benefits such as it helps you with:
Life-long learning keeps you being curious and motivates you to continue moving forward. By the way curiosity isn’t just for young, eager children. Everyone can continue learning at any age and stage in life.
After all, if we’re not learning and growing, then we’re dying, to paraphrase Albert Einstein. Here are some ways to keep learning at any age:
5. Celebrate Your Successes
No one knows about celebrating successes perhaps better than Nelson Mandela. He said, “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”
Make a habit of recognizing your hard work and accomplishments and the sacrifices you made to get there. Be proud of your progress and how you feel about everything you’ve learned along the way.
Celebrating successes need not be elaborate. Patting yourself on your back saying ‘you did a great job,’ taking a treat after accomplishing a task, thanking yourself and others for work accomplished, and taking care of yourself while being compassionate with others – are all affordable ways to celebrate your successes.
When you look back and know what you’re capable of achieving, you get a fresh insight into what needs to be tweaked for the next challenge. Then, you can make changes where needed to keep moving forward and improving day by day!
In Conclusion.... these are doable steps toward personal growth and development. The challenge is to take the first step, and it really doesn’t matter which one you start with as eventually they will all lead to you becoming the best you can be.
Thank you for reading and as always, take care, stay healthy and continue becoming the best version of yourself.
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