Do you feel like it’s time for a personal change?
Maybe you are comfortable in your life, but you feel stagnant like there’s more to experience than what you are living now.
Self-improvement is not a journey people take because they believe something is wrong with them. It’s a journey to discover the very best of yourself!
Here are the steps you can take to discover the best version of you:
1. Take an Honest Look at Yourself
Honest self-reflection should be the first step in your journey to improve yourself. How are you going to know what to improve if you don’t know what is preventing your growth?
Take some time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and any unresolved issues in your life.
2. Figure Out What You Want to Change
Looking at your current state of being, what is it you want to change? What do you like most about your life? What do you like the least?
Take stock of your life by journaling, meditating, and observing your habits. By doing this, you can discover what is most affecting your life, mind, and body.
Think about your levels of happiness and satisfaction. Consider the relationships you have in your life – are they healthy or toxic? Are you overwhelmed by your job and responsibilities?
Make sure you don’t judge yourself as you figure out what you want to change.
3. Find Inspiration
Before you start to make changes in your life, you need to find inspiration! This is what is going to motivate you and keep you going.
To find inspiration, you can turn to your friends and like-minded groups. You can also seek the advice of a therapist or life coach.
Consider taking new classes, reading new books, or checking out new podcasts. Documentaries are also a great source of inspiration.
Eventually, you will start to see inspiration in your everyday life!
4. Set Your Intention
Once you have self-reflected and found inspiration, it’s time to set an intention. An intention is an act, behavior, or feeling that will lead you to your goal of self-improvement.
Intentions can be specific such as eating healthier, or more vague, like focusing on feeling peace.
Intentions are a great way to keep you on track when life goes haywire. They will help you create and stick to a plan, and they will guide you if you lose your way.
Intentions are not changes. They are simply a goal and plan to put out into the universe.
5. Use Your Imagination
Now it’s time to imagine yourself living your life according to your intentions. Visualize your intentions coming to life!
You can write affirmations to remind yourself of what your goals are and to help keep you on track. You can also write a letter to yourself from your future self, detailing how you are living your life.
Use your imagination to affirm your new choices.
6. Put Everything Into Action!
Now it’s time to take all of this work and put it into action! This is where your intentions become reality as you apply what you have learned about yourself.
For example, did you decide that you needed to change jobs in order to find peace in your life? Make a career move.
Did you decide to let go of an old grudge? Write a letter of forgiveness.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget that self-improvement is a journey, and it can take weeks and even years to make progress. And your journey can fluctuate as you find new goals to work toward.
But during this step, you will notice actual changes!
Exercises for Self-Improvement
To help you along in your self-improvement journey, here are some exercises you can try:
Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths to relax.
Once your mind is quiet, imagine the best version of yourself. Take note of what you see.
Visualize what your best life looks like and how it feels.
Try to picture a word that describes the best version of you.
Think about what you are doing and how you are contributing to the world.
After you have finished the visualization exercise, try this writing one.
In this exercise, you are going to write your obituary. As morbid as it may sound, it’s a great way to think about the impression you want to leave on the world.
Think about what your obituary would say about who you are and the contributions you have made to your family and community. Focus on the legacy you are leaving behind and how you would want your grandchildren to remember you.
Your Journey to Self-Improvement: Being Your Best Self!
Are you ready to take this journey? Let us know in the comments where you see yourself in five years and how you plan on getting there!