How to Improve Yourself to Improve Your Situation
I’ve heard many people complain that they’re not happy with where they are in their lives. Well, there’s a simple solution — improve yourself to improve your circumstances. How do you know where to start, though? This article will provide some steps you can use to set goals for yourself, which will help improve your circumstances.
Become aware of your strengths.
Do you like to talk to people? Do you like to write? Are you a crafty person? Spend some time thinking about yourself, the things you’ve been through, and the outcome of those different things.
How to do this: Take some time to think about the things you’re good at and write them down. Almost everyone is good at something, even if it’s something as simple as being a good friend or a good parent. Write it down. Later, evaluate your list and see if you can come up with ways to improve your life using this list.
Take care of yourself physically.
Eat right and develop a workout routine. If your energy is low, it’s almost impossible to have success at any level.
How to do this: Everyone has time to eat right and work out. You don’t have to work out for a long time. Even 10 minutes is better than nothing. You may already get a lot of physical exercise in your day if you have a job where you’re on your feet.
As far as eating right, take some time to figure out how many calories you should be eating to achieve your weight goals — maintaining, gaining, or losing weight. Then use a food diary to track how much you eat — you can write it down and calculate it later, or use an app like MyFitnesspal to track it.
Take care of your emotional well-being.
Find people who love and support you and surround yourself with them. We act like the five people we spend the most time with, so it’s important to choose the people you hang out with carefully, both in your personal and professional life.
How to do this: If you don’t get the kind of support at home you feel you need, look for other places to get it. Interact with people you’re drawn to at work, or join a church or support group.
Challenge yourself mentally.
Find inspiring and challenging activities. Spend time reading and learning. Find mentors in the areas you need help with. Get plenty of sleep. All these activities let your brain work optimally so your personal growth can blossom.
How to do this: Take some time every day to do something that challenges you mentally — read a book, work on a puzzle, or work on some kind of creative project. If there’s a creative skill you’ve always wanted to learn, search for online classes or videos so you can learn it. I did this last year when I decided to learn to crochet. I don’t regret it one bit — I’ve crocheted several things since then and I enjoy every minute of it.
Take care of your spiritual well-being.
Whether you go to church, meditate, or write in a journal, train yourself to be aware of the abundance in your life.
How to do this: If you go to church regularly, great. Keep going! If you don’t or can’t because of the pandemic, see if there are churches in your area that offer online services.
If you’re not into the church, learn to meditate, or write in a journal every day if that’s something you’d prefer to do. Writing in a journal can be a great way to learn new things about yourself and figure out ways you can improve yourself and your life.
Redefine success for yourself.
Our parents may have taught us that getting a job or running a business makes us successful and defines us. Really, we need to take care of our health, relationships, and personal development while building our businesses. If we achieve business success but end up stressed, overweight, and divorced, that’s not success.
How to do this: Take some time to think about what you consider success. Is your definition of success really the same as your parents? Maybe success to you means writing books on topics you care about. If so, take some time every day to start working on a book about a subject you care about.
Brainstorm ideas, write an outline, look for sources if you need to, then start working on the book. Work on it a little each day, and before long you’ll have written a book.
Enjoy the process. Another piece of advice is to enjoy the process. Don’t be in a hurry to find success in your life. Half the fun of working on a goal is enjoying the ride. So take the time to enjoy the skills you’re learning along the way, and get to know your friends, family, and mentors. When you finally achieve the success you wanted, you’ll truly feel accomplished.
Erica Martin currently works as an interviewer at an insurance underwriting company. When she’s not working she likes to write, crochet, and spend time with her husband. You can find out more about her on her website.