It feels like everywhere you look these days, you see stuff about self-improvement. It it everywhere. Self-help, productivity, and development articles are very popular. But all this information can actually be overwhelming and can cause people to run and hide, in some cases. Often people forget exactly what it is they are looking to improve!
In general, more and more people are looking to improve and get the most out of life. But, one of the most significant challenges people have is they try to do too much too fast. They read tons of blog posts, grab all the freebies and take note of all the tips and “hacks” they can get their hands on. It is great to get excited and want to make a change for the better. But there are limits.
When creating your improvement plan, you have a far better chance of success if you take small steps.
4 Ways to make self-improvement work for you
Determine what it is you're looking to improve.
You cannot tackle everything. You cannot change everything all at the same time. And you cannot fill in every single free worksheet available to you on Pinterest. Well, you could, but given that they all have different methods and results, you’ll actually not get very far!
So, for things to work for you, it is essential that you make a priority list of the aspects of life you are looking to improve. Once you have that, you can them start to determine a plan of action and find the tools that will help you in these areas.
If you are looking to improve skills, it is best to highlight the areas of that skill you feel you need to work on. Then you can begin to map out small steps that you can take to achieve that goal.
Don’t try to fast-track self-improvement
These days everything is instant or fast-tracked. Fast-track tickets, instant access, immediate download, and the list goes on. But some things cannot be fast-tracked. Self-improvement is one of those things. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, run away fast.
So many people make the mistake of trying to fast-track their self-improvements. If you decide to do this, you are likely to become confused, which is counterproductive. Instead, try breaking up what you need to learn into small, 15-minute chunks. Then, schedule those same activities into your life for the next few months.
Remember when you were at school when you had English lessons for an hour (maybe two) then moved on to Science? It happens in this manner for a reason. If you had English for 2 months solid, trying to learn the whole syllabus, you’d get confused and, frankly, bored. Spreading learning out means you’re more likely to stay interested, and it is even more likely to stick.
Don’t listen to what others believe you should improve on.
It’s your life, and you are the one that has to live with you! If other people don’t like your choices, that’s on them not you.
Take action daily and don’t beat yourself up
If you happen to let your commitment to self-improvement slip a little, that’s okay. Beating yourself up is not likely to get you anymore on track than you already are. Life is busy, and working on self-improvement is not something people tend to schedule.
Self-improvement is more about shifting your mindset. It can take a while to get used to the new ways of thinking. By making small changes daily, the improvements will become habits. After a while, they will become second nature.
Keep your self-improvement activities specific and small. It will give you a much better chance of being successful and changing your life for the better.
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