It’s human nature to want to be “better” – we want to be healthier, remember more, be a more attentive parent or grandparent, get a big promotion at work… this list goes on and on. And what it takes to be better looks different depending on where we are in life’s journey and what our overall goals are.
At some point in your life you’ve probably made a New Year’s resolution. But sticking to New Year’s resolutions can be tricky. They’re often vague goals like “lose weight,” which are not clearly defined. By the time September rolls around, these resolutions are often forgotten.
If you’ve put your resolutions on the back burner, but still want to be “better,” you’re in luck! September is National Self-Improvement Month and the perfect occasion to get back on track for achieving your goals. Read on to learn a few ideas you can try out. Incorporating these self-improvement steps into your life is sure to help you feel better about yourself each day – and isn’t that what we’re all looking for?
1. Skip the snooze. Postponing your day, even by a few minutes, can have a negative impact on your mood and attitude towards the upcoming day. Try waking up the first time your alarm rings and using those few extra minutes to enjoy a quiet moment alone or start putting your day in order. Using that time to take some deep breaths or do simple stretching exercises will help you wake up and be ready to face whatever each day brings.
2. Set measurable goals. One reason many of us lose momentum in reaching our goals is because we are lacking a plan. You have probably heard that when you have a goal, you should write it down. That’s absolutely true! Write down your end goal along with smaller goals and the actions you will take to get there. Having clear steps to take makes it easier to follow and keep track of how you’re doing.
3. Get organized. After you write down your goals and action steps, work on getting organized. Start with putting the goals into your calendar to serve as a daily reminder to work towards them every day. Then work on organizing other aspects of your life. Clear out clutter, put things in their place, and keep what you use most easily accessible. Being organized can help save you time and leave you with more energy to focus on improving yourself and reaching your goals.
3. Quit multitasking. The best way to focus on improvement in any area of your life is just that – FOCUS. You don’t have to let your goal consume your life, but when you are doing something specifically related to your goal, give it your full attention.
4. Become an expert. Whether your goal is to run a marathon or travel to a different country, try to think of reaching your goal as a journey. Focus on what you can learn along the way. You will get more out of the entire experience if you immerse yourself in it and find out as much as you can. Once you’ve reached your goal, you can go on to help others with similar goals.
5. Get out of your comfort zone. If you are striving for self-improvement, you’ll see the most progress in areas that might be new to you. Even if you’re not ready to pick up something completely new, challenge yourself to try new experiences as often as you can. Visit a new restaurant or take a different route the next time you go to the store. Experiencing what the world around you has to offer outside of your daily routine helps you to become well-rounded and happier.
The most important thing to remember in your journey to self-improvement and achieving your goals is to keep going!
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