Self-improvement doesn’t always mean a physical makeover with a trendy haircut or washboard abs. It also implies soul searching and ensuring mental health. It needs no designated time as it is an ongoing journey. However, our hectic lifestyles often induce lethargy, forcing us to constantly postpone our self-improvement plans. Since October is the Self-improvement Month, here’s how you can make the most of it.
Be open to learning
There’s no end to acquiring knowledge. Learning broadens your horizon and helps in turning a new leaf. Learn something that catches your curious mind, something that you’ve always wanted but couldn’t eke out time for yet. Bake a cake if you never have, go for a photography course or explore hobbies as out-there as sword fighting!
Challenge your comfort zone
Break out of your comfort zone and discover a side of you that you never knew existed. Do exactly what you’re apprehensive of achieving – dance if you are self-conscious, read if you have a constantly wandering mind, paint if you are sloppy with colors. Master what you think you’re not so good at.
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Makeover for bad habits
Time for you to move over your bad habits like – getting angry often, keeping the television switched on unnecessarily, keeping the water running for hours, just to name a few. Identify your bad habits, analyse how you can tackle them and make a conscious effort to mould yourself into a better version of your awesome self.
Compete with yourself
Your only competition is you. Remember all your strengths and work on the rest. Identifying your weaknesses and pushing your limits to overcome them is the first step towards self-improvement.
Keep your mind sharp
An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. When there is a workout regimen for your body, why shouldn’t there be some for your mind too? Sudoku, Scrabble, and crossword your way to a sharp and agile mind. Forget excuses like lack of time and instead devote a few minutes while you’re traveling to work or during your lunch break. Brush away mental laziness, welcome mental health.
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Choose the right people around you
Remember your parents being very particular about the friends that you made during your growing up years? You tend to pick up the habits and thoughts of the people whom you surround yourself with. No wonder, you are known by the company you keep. They have a considerable influence over you since you share a part of your life with them, exchanging thoughts and opinions.
Set milestones. Simplify.
Dream a little dream. Make plans. Visualise where you want to see yourself in a few years, personally and professionally. Set your milestones accordingly, abide by them and be true to yourself.
Self-improvement isn’t like instant coffee. It takes time and persistence. But when you take the first step in the journey, you’ve already made considerable progress in the right direction. Go, reinvent the new you!