Deciding that you want to improve yourself is the first, very laudable step on the path to personal development. What follows are a few personal development tips that you can put into practice all by yourself.
Spend time with people who are like-minded to you. Self improvement is easier when your associates do not belittle your efforts and tempt you from your goals but instead share your drive for self-improvement.
Use your work time efficiently. Take an ample amount of breaks when you are working hard. This might sound counterproductive, but breaks allow you to refocus and re-energize, allowing you to return and work more efficiently.
Anytime and anywhere, be ready for when your ideas strike. Carry paper and a pen around with you. If an idea grabs you while you are on the subway, write it down, then do something about it when inspiration strikes.
Use your core principles to guide you as you begin to take action. Every person’s identity rests on a set of beliefs that are vital to them. If you have a good foundation to defend them upon (and you should), your self esteem will benefit from adherence to your core principles. If you do this you will encourage you to be consistent, it is an great trait to have.
Declaring lowliness is a crucial step in advancing in self improvement. When you realize your place in the universe, you realize that you have a lot to learn. When you know this deep inside, you’ll have a craving for all of that knowledge and experience that you lack.
Keep in mind the power of complimenting other people. Fighting this trend and complimenting others changes your mindset and makes you a kinder person.
You should work on ensuring that each day is an improvement over the previous one. Always work towards making improvements. Focus on a specific task that you want to do better today than yesterday.
Treat all people with respect and kindness. The way you behave around others is highly indicative of your own character.
Do you drink a lot? Think about your other harmful habits, like smoking cigarettes. Your body can best be described as a temple; make sure you treat it as such. A great way to improve your life is to say goodbye to bad habits that are only hurting you. Analyze your life and habits, and make a point to cut out any habits that are not good for you or your body.
If you are anxious around large groups or new people, work toward overcoming this by simply going with someone you trust to the movie theater. This helps put you into a social situation, but it doesn’t involve socializing until you are uncomfortable. This also allows you to be around a large group of people in a stress-free environment.
Focus on learning how to stay calm in difficult circumstances, rather than becoming irrational and emotional. By learning how to remain calm during stressful situations, you have a higher chance of increasing your confidence needed for conquering any obstacle in your life. Make the time to stop and breathe.
Take note of any changes that you may have regarding how you feel or what you are thinking as you try these tips. Take it easy on yourself.
Onaolapo Adeyemi is a travel and technology writer. If he’s not on tour, you’ll find him in New York with his wife, and pet parrot hanging out at Starbucks.