We all have limitless potential. The truth is we can be and achieve way more than we think we are capable of. Therefore we should always be striving to improve ourselves. To become a better version of ourselves, living the life we want and we deserve. I’m sure that you can always find something about yourself that you want to improve on. I certainly can! Personal growth and self improvement should never cease no matter how old you are. It helps to keep life interesting!
I don’t know what your personal situation is because I don’t know you. You may be someone that’s really struggling right now, or you may be somewhat successful and happy with some areas of your life but having difficulty in another area. No matter where you are in life there are some key things that make all the difference to the way you feel about yourself. And how you feel about yourself is reflected in everything you do.
The key ingredient to a person’s success is confidence in yourself and your capabilities. In other words you have confidence in what you do. Whether you are aiming to find a job, meet someone special, start a business, buy your first home etc. it’s just a fact of life. It’s also a fact that confidence is an attractive attribute to have. Others are drawn to confident people.
To develop more confidence you have to build your self esteem. Having high self esteem is the top priority for success in life. Without that self esteem the search for confidence will always elude you. You may be able to bluff confidence for a while but it will always be a problem to maintain.
While there are many ways to improve yourself the following are 7 things that you really need to work on. Improving yourself and who you are really does start on the inside before it reflects on the outside.
Here are 7 Ways to improve yourself.
- Elevate Your Self Esteem
Self esteem is a huge and important topic all on its own, so for now I can only emphasize its importance and suggest learning more about it and what you can do to improve it. Those with low self esteem will struggle with many aspects of their life.
These are some of the symptoms those with low self esteem experience:
- Feeling unworthy
- Feeling worthless
- Don’t value themselves
- Feel incompetent
- Never good enough or smart enough
- Hold themselves back without ever trying
- Judge themselves by what others say about them
- Their opinions are not important
- Feel undeserving
- Easily swayed
- It creates anxiety, loneliness and depression
- They can be very judgmental of themselves and others
- Gossip about others
These are just some of the traits those with low self esteem may have. Our level of self esteem is related to our belief system, values, and habits. Really getting to know yourself will give you a lot of insights about you, your needs and what’s important to you specifically. Those that really don’t know who they truly are will find it tough, even impossible to find a higher level of self esteem. Some people will have low self esteem in some areas of their life and higher self esteem in others.
Once you have high self esteem the confidence will be there.
- Know Yourself
Get to really know yourself. Who are you?
- What are YOUR true values? Your own not someone else’s that you think you should have.
- What are YOUR beliefs about yourself and do they really make sense? Question your beliefs.
Just because someone told you something when you were a child doesn’t automatically make it true. Did someone tell you that there’s something wrong with you, or that you’re stupid, you’ll never amount to anything? You aren’t good enough, that you are incompetent, or that there’s something you’ll never be, do or have? ….You don’t have to accept others opinions, especially of you. You are the only one in control of you, your thoughts and beliefs. Always question and decide for yourself! This is why you it’s so important you know yourself first.
- What are you passionate about?
- What are you good at?
- What are your talents?
- What would make you feel more fulfilled?
Learn as much as you can about yourself. You may be surprised to meet a very different person than you thought you were. We all have greatness within us – you just have to tap into it and believe in yourself.
- Know What You Want
- What do you want out of life?
- What type of relationships do you want?
- What do you want your career or business, retirement, lifestyle to be like?
- How do you want to be treated?
- What type of reputation do you want?
- Will you contribute to others lives?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
Figure out what you want. What’s really important to you, only then will you know what you need to aim for.
- Respect yourself
Take care of yourself and respect yourself. When you respect yourself others will also respect you. People that put themselves down and disrespect themselves are opening the door for others to treat them poorly and disrespect them too. Be kind to yourself.
Take care of your body, mind and spirit. Choose a Healthy Lifestyle.
- Be Accountable
Be accountable for your actions. Be truthful with yourself. If you mess up admit it don’t lay the blame on someone else. You are where you are today because of all your past decisions and actions. If you’ve made some mistakes and poor decisions own them and move on. If you can change something to put a wrong right, do it! If it’s not possible you need to put it behind you and move forward. Old baggage can weigh you down and stop you moving forward with your life. Unless you’re honest with yourself you are fooling yourself and will find it difficult to make the best decisions to improve your own situation.
If you know you have some bad habits or find it difficult to take responsibility for your actions acknowledge it, just be mindful. Like someone with an addiction, if you don’t acknowledge the problem you aren’t aware that it needs to change so things stay the same.
Once you know what needs to change you’re already steps ahead and headed in the right direction.
- Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination is the thief of time and dreams for many of us. So many opportunities and goals are left unfulfilled for those that are serial procrastinators. Are you good at putting things off? Do you get easily distracted? Distractions such as facebook, instagram, youtube online games and TV among other things are keeping so many from the reality of attaining their goals and dreams. Making excuses constantly and putting things off is costing you dearly. Stop procrastination from keeping you from getting what you say you want. If it’s truly important to you there should be no contest. Get into action and get it done!
What are you procrastinating on? Making an appointment for that physical that you know is well overdue? Looking for another job because you hate the one you’re in? Losing the 10 or 20lbs you say you really want to lose? Taking a good look at your finances? You know exactly what it is you’re putting off!
- Invest In Yourself And Take Action
Take a chance on you! Invest in yourself, discover who you are, what you want and take the action required to achieve it. Self improvement is worth the effort, knowing what you want will put you ahead of many others that don’t have a clue what they truly want. It’s usually because they haven’t really thought about what they want out of life and no one has ever asked them.
Take one small action step at a time. Pick one goal to start working on. Keep the big picture of what the end result is in your mind but remember to keep going back to the small things that are going to make it possible. it’s the small attainable steps you take along the way that make all the difference and will get you to your goal. Don’t overwhelm yourself and quit. Many small steps take you a long way. Little changes lead to big change. Patience, persistence and keeping going even when the going gets tough and obstacles come up and believe me they will. Commit and keep at it, all this will bring you great results!