The Easy Way To Self Improvement: Part 2
Carrying on from last week’s article (which you can read here)…
6) Change Habits
There are no two ways about it; humans are creatures of habit. The vast majority of us follow the same daily routine, day after day, week after week, month after month – but doing this can make us lazy; therefore, in order to halt the tendency to become lazy, we must make changes and add a bit of spice to our lives. Of course, I’m not talking about changing everyday habits such as having a shower, cleaning your teeth and eating, but merely doing things a little differently or trying new things altogether.
For example, instead of taking your normal route to work, try something different. Cycle instead of walking; take public transport instead of driving. Although making seemingly insignificant changes may, on the face of it, appear to carry little value, you’d surprised at just how powerful making slight alterations to your routine can be. The more you do this, the more it’ll keep you on your toes and keep your brain active and stimulated.
7) Learn that failure is OK
Everyone fails. You, me, the person stood next to you in the supermarket queue…everyone. It is a fact of life that we will all fail at some point in our life – probably multiple times. However, it is crucial to accept the failure will happen and to be at peace with it. Even the most successful people on the planet fail from time to time, and as no-one in the world is impervious to failure, it is important to understand and accept that it will happen and it is parts of life.
Of course, this is easier said than done, but one way to start getting your head around failure is to think back to your infancy. When you were trying to walk, did you instantly give up when you couldn’t? No; you kept on trying and trying until you succeeded. You fell; you hurt yourself, but that didn’t stop you. And it is this attitude that you need to have as an adult. Take failure on the chin, learn from it and power on through.
8) Life Mission Statement
This might actually be one of my favourite tips to promote self-improvement. In order to improve yourself, you need to know who you are and what you believe in/stand for. In short, you need to create a mission statement for you and your life. It doesn’t need to be anything witty or sound cool, just a short phrase that identifies who you are.
9) Stop Time Wasting and Procrastinating
In today’s world, it is all too easy to waste time indulging in pastimes that aren’t good for us. We’ve all been there; watching four episodes of our favourite show, rather than one; browsing social media for an hour when we told ourselves it’d only be for five minutes etc. But how can we stop wasting time and procrastinating?
The first stage is to figure out how much time you’re actually ‘wasting’. Once you have done this, you can estimate how much of that time is actually ‘wasted’ (some tv time is good for you), and then decide how best the ‘wasted’ time would be spent. Work? Working out? Family time? And so on and so forth.
And there you have it – nine ways that can help you to improve yourself and your life with not all that much effort required!