When we talk of self-improvement, we should know what all constitutes “self”. Our “self” includes our intellectual, emotional, physical, economical, and spiritual health. Embarking on a path of self-improvement means making positive changes in all these spheres of life. If you aren’t happy with your performance, or if you don’t find your goals challenging enough, inculcating simple attitude changes can be life-altering. Let’s see how we can go about it.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results” – Willie Nelson
Whatever we are today is all because of our thoughts and attitude. So, thinking positively and find the good in every situation. Our attitude, whether towards our work or our personal relationships, determines our success in them. If instead of cursing and being negative about what we do not have, we thank God, our friends, family, and people around us for their kindness, it will create a much positive atmosphere and help us in improving ourselves. Staying in the company of happy and positive-thinking people rather than those who are always cribbing and criticizing, is another highly effective tip.
Learn from the Past
“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday” – Abraham Lincoln
“There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self” – A famous proverb
Self-improvement quotes, such as the ones mentioned above, emphasize on one thing―learn from your past experiences and do not repeat mistakes. A man can only think of self-improvement, if he is constantly evolving, changing, and learning from his experiences. A good example for this could be with regards to your personal relationships. Often, people get involved in unhealthy relationships, break away from them, only to be caught up in another relationship of a similar kind. This can be a never-ending cycle unless and until, the person learns from his past mistakes and stays clear of abusive partners who are an impediment in one’s personal growth.
Set Goals and Stay Motivated
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be” – Karen Raven
Unless and until a person knows where he is heading, how can he devise means of reaching there? Setting goals in life is of prime importance, especially when it comes to improving our financial health. These goals should be achievable, based upon our capabilities and skills. A person should strive hard to achieve his goals in life by inculcating discipline, hard work, and by constantly motivating himself. In fact, self-improvement and motivation are inseparable as the former cannot be achieved without the latter. So stay motivated and focused on your goals, by following techniques such as self affirmations and non-procrastination of work, to attain self-improvement.
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing” – Helen Keller
Self-improvement is impossible if a person fears to change himself or his circumstances. Playing safe may not always be the right option. Sometimes, new territories need to be chartered and calculated risks need to be undertaken. Coming face to face with problems and dealing with them head on is better than avoiding them or running away from them.
A person needs to have a definite plan in place, complete with personal, professional, spiritual, and health goals, to work his way, along with lots of determination, discipline, and hard work.