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Discover these inspiring 32 self-improvement tips to bring you success and fulfillment starting today!
PART 1: 32 Self Improvement Tips to Skyrocket Your Success (16′)
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PART 2: Wherever You Are Right Now (9′)
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Improve your life and bring success into it!
Success is rarely ever achieved through mere good luck!
In my opinion, the best way to achieve success in anything is by continuously improving yourself in different aspects.
Small changes can have a synergetic effect on driving you towards your goals.
I’m a huge fan of modifying your daily habits to create lasting change and build real success.
Over time, through my personal experiences and as a life coach, I have come to identify some key areas where anyone can improve themselves to build success.
Check out these tips and see which ones you can implement starting today to work towards your success in life.
I have broken them up into 6 major categories that I regularly talk about as the key to your success.
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1. Start Now
There’s a reason this takes the number one spot. It’s because I feel if you were to take just one tip out of this whole list, this should be the one! 🙂
You already know deep within you what your idea of success is and how to achieve it. But you keep waiting for the right circumstances, the best environment, the new year, a new manager, a pay rise, etc. Stop that right now and start working on your success!
Whether your goal is to get fit, get an advanced certification, apply for a new job or whatever, just go ahead and start working on it right now.
2. Be Intentional
Do you really want what you say you want?!
Sometimes we tend to define our goals depending on other people’s definitions of success.
If your goals and your intentions are not aligned, you will lack the motivation to see things through. You will find yourself coming up with excuses and resorting to self-sabotage, making your goals harder to achieve.
3. Be Accountable
Your teachers, parents, siblings, and friends may have had an influence on where you are today.
But you and you alone are ultimately responsible for who you are and what you want to become. It is your job to know what you want and to take action towards achieving it.
Take responsibility and be accountable to yourself. For extra motivation, have an accountability partner.
4. Get A Mentor
Speaking of accountability partners, no one works better than a coach or mentor.
A mentor will keep you focused. A mentor helps you put things in their correct perspective. A mentor will guide you to avoid distractions and maximize opportunities.
Ask a good friend of yours, it’s a great way to start 🙂
5. Embrace Challenge
One of the qualities that separate successful people from the rest is their ability to step up to challenges.
Where others see impenetrable obstacles, they see opportunity. Do not set easy goals!
Challenge yourself to reach for the stars. To grow, you need to keep raising your standards. Set the bar higher than it was before.
However, do not set unachievable goals either. Your goals need to be realistic and practical otherwise you will always fall back to excuses and end up achieving nothing. For more on this, check out our section on goal setting below! 🙂
6. Love Thyself
Every relationship expert will quote this as the top tip in making relationships work!
If you’re a religious person, even religious texts such as the Bible and Torah espouse the benefits of loving oneself.
When you truly love and value yourself, others will follow suit! 🙂
You will have a low tolerance for disrespectful or manipulative relationships. Relationships should work to enhance your life, not to make it.
7. Pay Attention
Paying attention to your partner means much more than just listening.
Learn to read the non-verbal cues. Learn to ask the right questions to get to the bottom of whatever is being communicated. Learn to gauge your partner’s moods, especially in public forums where verbal communication may be impolite to others.
For instance, if you’re at an event and your partner wants to get out of an uncomfortable conversation with a third party 😉
Nowadays everyone seems to be holding at least one gadget in their hands.
Make it a habit to disconnect from your gadgets to bond with your significant other. Put down your cell phone, switch off your tablet, log out of Instagram. The internet will still be there later. Make time for your partner.
9. Make and keep promises
We all want the best for our partners and want to give them the best of us!
Say out loud what you wish to do for him.
Let your partner know you’re thinking of them and have plans for them. Saying it out loud inspires confidence, strengthens your bond, and creates accountability! 🙂
Remember, this only works favorably if you make promises that you intend to and are able to keep. Avoid breaking promises as they create disillusionment and resentment.
10. Seek Support
It’s important to have strong support systems for your relationship to thrive.
Seek support from parents, peers, family, friends, and professionals.
Most people wait until there are huge threats to the relationship before seeking help. Do not make that mistake. Consult a relationship expert early on to map out your future as a couple and to have someone to call on when things don’t seem right.
11. Plan Ahead
Planning your time in advance makes it easier to optimize and prioritize tasks.
Depending on your personality, you can create daily, weekly, or even longer-term time management plans.
Most people find a daily planner or a simple to-do list most practical. You can either plan your day first thing in the morning or the previous night.
12. Don’t Procrastinate
If you can recall, our first tip in this article was to TAKE ACTION NOW!
Once you’ve created your plan of action, act on it without delay. Do not leave for tomorrow what needs to get done today.
And that brings us to our priority list!
Not everything that needs to be done, needs to be done right away.
Determine what your priorities are. Start with what’s most important and urgent and work your way down to the least urgent and important.
14. Say No
You can check this post on how to say no: 5 Steps To Saying No Effectively!
Here, I just want to say that we all get offers to work on something that is of little value to us.
Some of these actually drag down our productivity.
Learn to say no to activities that are doomed to go nowhere, so you can use that time and energy on more productive tasks.
You can’t and shouldn’t have to do everything yourself.
Delegate low-value tasks that are neither urgent nor important. You can even delegate some that are urgent but not important enough to warrant your direct attention. Additionally, delegate tasks that require a skillset you may not possess.
16. Eliminate Distractions
The internet is a really helpful tool, yet it’s the stealthiest time waster of all…!
Especially social media. Use online tools to block out social media notifications and other online distractions.
There are offline distractions we all encounter every day. Unproductive meetings, long breaks, uninvited guests, and unscheduled calls can distract you from completing your daily tasks. Find ways to eliminate them to increase your success rates.
17. Time Track
Always track how you’re spending your time!
How many productive hours are you packing in per day, per week, and per month? Which days are the least productive? Are there any patterns? Are there ways you can increase your productivity during certain times of the day, or particular days of the week?
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18. Eat Well
You are what you eat. Eat right and your body will treat you right. Eating the right foods has the capacity to self-help, enhance your mood, increase your memory retention, increase your energy levels, and increase your life expectancy!
All these are factors likely to increase your chances of success in life 🙂
Lethargy, fatigue, headaches, liver and kidney diseases, cancers, weight gain, blood pressure…This is just but a short list of medical conditions that are caused by or exacerbated by dehydration. Research shows that over 72% of adults don’t take enough water!!
Even if taking water feels a little boring to you, including water-dense foods in your snacks and meals can work just as well.
Foods such as cucumbers, melons, berries, tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots help the body stay hydrated 🙂
20. Sleep Well
It’s common to hear people considered successful or those striving for success boast about how little sleep they require.
However, the fact is you need adequate sleep for long-term optimal functioning. Sleep enhances your mood, reduces stress, minimizes anxiety, and keeps you focused.
Sleep also helps your subconscious mind analyze details that you may miss while awake. Thus, you will process information better if you balance your sleep and active times.
Part of self-love involves the hard work of taking great care of your body.
Work on building your strength and fitness rather than working toward weight loss. This will build your core and give your body the stamina it needs to handle all other tasks. It is also a more sustainable approach with long-term health benefits 🙂
Meditation gives you some breathing space to listen to your intuition.
This will help you be the best version of you and drive you towards success in life, relationships, or business. Meditation also helps you get rid of the past so you can focus on the present!
23. Get Checked
I can never emphasize this enough. Get yourself checked once every year if you have no known conditions.
Keep your appointment with your doctor for your annual medical checkup. Do the same with your radiologist, dentist, and an optician. Do some blood work. This way, any conditions get tackled early before they become incurable or unmanageable.
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24. Use Affirmations
Eliminate negative thoughts and neutralize all self-sabotaging feelings using the power of positive affirmations.
Daily affirmations give you renewed vigor to pursue your purpose and boost self-confidence. They motivate you to become better and cheer you on to make a positive impact!
25. Thank Yourself
We all make mistakes and have our failures, but successful people learn how to be grateful for even small successes.
Saying thank you motivates the recipient to work harder, deliver better results, and stay the course. Showing gratitude to yourself manifests positive energy that propels self-improvement, leading you to your future success!
26. Forgive Yourself
As we thank ourselves, so should we also learn to forgive others and ourselves.
I always try to learn from my personal growth failures and then letting go of them instead of holding onto the regret…!
If you don’t forgive yourself, you tend to hold grudges against yourself which makes it harder to focus on what you’re doing right.
27. Focus On What You Can Change
Life is full of challenges and obstacles. Some are within your control but most are not.
The best self-help books advise you to focus on what you can control and the rest will take care of itself. Focus on actions such as where you invest your time, how you react to situations, or what feelings to focus on.
28. Positive Energy
Surround yourself with positive people!
Associate with like-minded people who have succeeded or are striving towards the same kind of success as you are. Read up on self-help books that motivate you to greatness, rather than those that depress you into submission.
29. Define Your Goals
Goal setting gives us direction and sharpens our dreams!
To attain success, I usually ask clients to sift through their life values and determine what’s important to them. You may at first think financial success is what your goal was meant to be.
By looking deeply inward, often people find that financial success is only important to enable them to find other avenues of success. Whether your goal is success in marriage, in your career, or in your physical ambitions, you need to start by clearly defining those goals! 🙂
30. Clarify Priorities
As you define your goals, your priorities become clearer. It becomes obvious what you need to do to accomplish success in life.
31. Set Deadlines
Goals without deadlines are not real goals, they are just idle wishful thinking.
Attaching a deadline to a goal helps inspire intrinsic motivation. It also makes it easier to plan since you can now break your big goals into manageable steps along a timeline.
32. SWOT Analysis
Always align your goals with your personality. Regularly conduct a self-assessment, critically analyzing your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This helps you identify whether your goals are really what you want and if they are achievable by you!
All of them are part of the reasons why you should focus more on personal development.
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The 32 self-improvement tips
Wherever you are right now!
When you want to improve yourself and your life, you may feel overwhelmed with not knowing where to start or what to do!
Another thing that I hear a lot from clients is that they feel like it’s too late, they’ve done too many mistakes, and wished they could have made different choices in the past, no matter what area of their life they’re talking about.
The thing is, you are right now exactly where you are supposed to be.
Nothing should have happened differently, it all happened this way and if you fight against it, you’re arguing with reality.
Byron Katie is the one saying: “when you argue with reality, you are losing but just 100% of the time”.
There’s no upside to wondering what could have happened if a different choice would have been made in the past!
There’s no upside to blaming or beating yourself up for what happened in the past.
You can just acknowledge that you have thoughts about what happened and then, let go the need of wanting to change it.
Wherever you are right now, you are exactly where you’re supposed to be. How do we know this? Because that’s what’s going on! 🙂
From that point, you can picture your future self a year from now, 5 years from now.
What is your future self telling your actual self?
Probably your future self is more compassionate, right? 🙂
Now, don’t be overwhelmed with the process of improving yourself and your life.
Ask yourself: What is the first thing you really want to improve in yourself/your life? Who do you want to become?
Start there! Start exactly where you are.
You’re doing it right! 🙂
To sum up!
Everyone has their own standard of what success means to them. No matter what you think of as being successful, these 32 tips can greatly boost your chances of achieving it.
This list helps you find contentment where you are right now, yet motivating you to chart a path towards a rewarding and successful future!
It is a list designed to help you become the best version of yourself and fulfill all your dreams! 🙂
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