Your Self-Improvement Journey Continues
4 Keys To Success
As we continue to move forward through yet another “interesting” year, I’d like to take some more time to delve into self-improvement. Here are some simple keys to incorporate as our series on self-improvement continues.
I started my new year with a vision board. I hadn’t made one of these in almost 15 years. But this year, I felt stuck and I needed a way out. Vision boards help us to dream big. Our minds think in pictures, so it’s a perfect way to stay on top of things you’d like to do with your life. With that in mind, here are a few more tips to help you make the most of your life in 2021.
Write it down. No really, write it down
We always hear this, yet so often we think it too contrite. Yet study after study has shown that putting a goal down on paper makes it far more likely to be achieved. When something is written down, it gives life to the dream. It helps us envision what that success will look like as well as the work necessary to achieve it. This is how our self-improvement continues.
For example, if you want to get into shape, you
may have a vague idea of what that looks like, but once you have a pen in hand, you start to ask more detailed questions. How will I go about this? What sort of plan will I use? Do I need a coach? It’s in working out these details that the plans are easier to measure and thus achieve.
Don’t Go It Alone
For a lot of people exercising alone is depressing. However, even in a pandemic, you don’t have to go it alone. From online coaching to zoom workouts with friends, you can find invaluable support to help you build towards your goals. Post your successes and even your failures (if you are so inclined) on social media and find support from friends and family. Just know that you don’t HAVE to post anything and everything about your journey. I for one post only once or maybe twice a month depending on how many goals I reach. Only share if you really want to and only that which you really want to. Make sure as well to share with those who will build you up rather than tear you down.
Be Kind To Yourself
Speaking of being kind…be kind to yourself as well. Remember this is a journey and it’s about that as much as it is about the destination. There will be days that don’t go as planned. That’s ok. Just reset and go again tomorrow. It’s not an all or nothing adventure. Keep a journal or some sort of record of your journey. That way, when the bad days show up, you can look back on all the progress you’ve already made. This will help you to overcome the setback and start again with forgiveness to yourself.
Find What Works For You
No matter how many books, articles, and blogs we read, if we want to be successful, we need to take what works for us, and discard the rest. There is no fool-proof answer. The truth is, what works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for another. So to truly be successful, find what works for you and just go for it. It’s ok to change it up as you go along. Miss a day…it’s ok. Pick up the next day and keep moving. The self-improvement journey is a life-long endeavor, so have fun and enjoy it.