This isn’t what you may be expecting.
I’m not going to give you BS advice that’s easy to think of doing but hard to actually execute.
I’m not going to stimulate your mind but do nothing to help you pull the trigger, no.
Like many of you, I get excited to read the next “best path to self-improvement” books, articles, video headlines — any content that may maybe help me put some action in what I want to do. An addition to my motivation arsenal.
But then after consuming all these inspirational personal development content, I always struggled with one thing: acting on the advice and consistently so. So I kept on doing research, not stopping at simple hacks that were no good beyond one-time motivation.
And when I stumbled on Dr. Christine Bradstreet's article, The First Time I Tested the Law of Attraction it Freaked me the H*ll Out, it hit me! If a law in the universe claims you attract what you want with thoughts and actions, a simple idea can keep me motivated to act most of the time if not always.
And it did.
This idea is: simply practicing who you want to become in the moment. I know you might have heard this and you may be dismissing going further but stay with me for a bit.
Why Is Practising Who You Want to Become the Best Personal Development Strategy?
The short answer is: practicing leads to mastery. But there’s more to practicing.
See? What you might not realize is, you become what you do/practice every day.
- When you want to become healthier, you become that every day by choosing to eat healthy now. You can’t hope to wake up and start eating healthy in a moment other than now.
- When you want to become more organized, you practice it by choosing to arrange your room right now. Not in the future.
- If you have dreams to be a professional programmer in a year, you become what you want by learning code from now. You can’t hope to gain motivation somewhere down the line.
- If you wish to become a kind person, you’ll do an act of kindness today. Not tomorrow, not when you stop feeling sad.
- If you want to become a better saver, you’d start saving now. Not when you start earning more.
You get the idea.
You obviously have some goals now, and if you don’t, you probably wish to make some. I’m here to tell you that, the time is now.
The best way I can put this, in a nutshell, is: You become who you want to be by practicing the dream You now. It’s that simple — I might even be tempted to say easy.
And here are the quotes you can ponder whenever you’re tempted to deviate from your path to self-improvement goals:
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” — Henry Ford
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Charles Dederich
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” — Eckhart Tole
You can see how powerful the present moment is. It determines whether you’ll be happy or not. It determines whether you’ll reach your goals or not. It determines who you’re going to be a moment later.
So it’s you to decide, are you going to practice who you want to become now? Are you going to embrace the simplest path to self-improvement or —
Will you just wait to be the person you want to be a moment/day/month/year/decade/never later? Seriously, the latter is too scary to not do what you want to be now.