In the history of mankind, there has never been a better time to work on thyself than the here and now. This is because there are endless resources, many of which are available for free, that can help you improve yourself and by extension, your life. As none of us is perfect, self-improvement is a lifelong process. Self-improvement is simply the recognition of one’s potential to better their life in all spheres and making a conscious effort to do so. Here are some self-improvement tips to get you started:
1. Write down your goals
Self-improvement can seem overwhelming. The best way to keep your mind clear and in the game is to set goals. What’s more, further subdividing your goals will make them easier to achieve. Do a thorough audit of your life and divide it into spheres as follows: education and career, personal relationships and friendships, health and lifestyle, finances, personal leisure and hobbies, spiritual life. Ask yourself how satisfied you are with each sphere of your life. Be completely honest and give each sphere a score out of one hundred or a percent. Now, ask yourself what you want to achieve and what it will take to reach your goals. Also, set a timeline. Focus on at least two goals at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed. Finally, strive to improve slowly but surely. For instance, if you scored your health and lifestyle at thirty percent or three out of ten, aim for forty percent rather than a hundred percent. Once you reach forty, aim for fifty and so on.
Meditation has recently gained the world’s attention for arguably being one of the healthiest practices. It has a myriad of benefits including improving your focus and concentration, making you more relaxed and building your self-esteem. Meditation is one of those practices that gives you instant results. There are many forms of meditation out there. Let your own individual needs be your guide. For instance, if you suffer from anxiety or lack of confidence, try a guided meditation that specifically addresses these issues. As usual, start small. Aim to meditate for ten to twenty minutes per week. Divide these into sessions and increase the duration of the sessions as you go.
3. Make technology work for you
Technology, especially smartphones and social media can be a distraction. What’s more, constantly comparing your life to the glitz and glam you see on social media has been linked to increased levels of dissatisfaction and low self-esteem. However, technology is not all bad and may just provide that extra arsenal you need to kick start your self improvement journey. Enter the world of apps.
There are several well developed and freely available apps that have been engineered to help us improve and make the most of our time. Top on the list is the app Fabulous. Highly rated on the Google play store and backed by scientific studies done in Duke University, this Android app is nothing short of an asset. It has different journeys that help you build healthy and life-changing habits and is based on the principle that good habits need to be developed slowly but surely, one at a time. Other great apps available include Habit Bull and Productivity. In addition, a vast number of apps have been developed to tackle specific issues for instance, fitness apps and budgeting and money saving apps. Feel free to browse the app store during your free time and find apps that are aligned to your goals.
4. Be content and grateful
Despite impacting millions of lives for the better, the self-improvement industry has received its fair share of critics who view it as at most disruptive money making gimmick. Nonetheless, some of the questions posited by critics are worth thinking about. “Doesn’t a world that constantly sells the idea of self improvement lead to discontent and lack of gratitude?” they ask. “Doesn’t constantly focusing on the future prevent one from living in and even enjoying the present?” These questions are valid because the popular belief has been been that the desire to grow and improve and an attitude of gratitude and living in the present aren’t mutually exclusive.
Luckily, psychologists have provided a solution. Not only is it possible to be grateful and content with the present while trying to grow, but people who have a little of both fair better and are far much happier. Thus, every morning or evening, write down three things you are grateful for, in the here and now.
In conclusion, self-improvement is not easy but it is necessary. The human spirit was not meant to stagnate but to constantly grow. Start your growth process today, start now! And remember to celebrate your victories and hold yourself accountable.