All of us have constantly faced the need to improve ourselves in certain areas. Many a time we do make an effort to work on those areas, but soon we forget about it till we are faced with another challenge in the same area. Each one of us has our own strengths and weaknesses. These weaknesses will not just disappear and we will need to work on them and make an effort to improve ourselves.
- Today, let us look at some key areas in which we can do self- improvement in our life.
- Start your day early.
- Keep a log of things to do in the day.
- Time Management skills.
- Do something new every day.
- Identify your weaknesses and ask for feedback.
- Quit a bad habit and cultivate a good habit.
- Remove un-forgiveness and bitterness from your heart.
- Live your dreams and take risk.
- Be a good human being.
- Take a sabbatical.
Today, let us look at some key areas in which we can do self- improvement in our life.
Start your day early.
Starting early is one of the key habits, which helps in setting things right for the whole day. If you struggle to wake up early, then it is time to take steps towards waking up early.
When you wake up early and start your day by praying or meditating on God’s word or exercising, it refreshes and rejuvenates you. You set the right tone for the day, which leads to an increase in productivity, calmness and having a clear mind.
A clear mind and a healthy body can help you improve the quality of your life.
Keep a log of things to do in the day.
You can write down the things that you plan to do alongwith an approximate time deadline for doing those things. Avoid overcrowding of things in your schedule, as this will lead to dissatisfaction and burn out. Keep enough time to refresh and rest.
Your to-do list should have things which need to be done during the day. Any unfinished work of the previous day needs to be completed the following day.
Time Management skills.
Time management is the key to your success. Have your goals and your to-do list ready with you. You cannot do everything at all times. Prioritise your time according to the things that are most important for you. Categorize your activities into 3 categories – most important, can be done later and can be avoided. The activities which are most important should take around 80% of your time and focus.
Do something new every day.
It is important to keep yourself motivated and rejuvenated. You can try and do something new every day. Plan to read an interesting book or listening to some good music or an inspirational talk for atleast 10 minutes a day. You can also sit in solitude and admire nature. Do anything that calms you down and refreshes you. Take up your long forgotten hobby, do a new learning course, learn a new language etc.
Identify your weaknesses and ask for feedback.
We all have our own weaknesses and most of the time we are unable to see it. Even if we know about it, we do not take steps to improve in these areas. This becomes a stumbling block in our growth and development.
One of things that you can do is to make a list of areas that make you angry and affect you negatively. Consciously make an effort to work on these areas without losing your patience and peace.
It is good to take feedback from family members, friends and colleagues. These are the people with whom you spend most of the time and they see your response in different challenging situations. They would be able to give you truthful feedback, without any bias. Work on their feedback and suggestions and address your weak areas.
Quit a bad habit and cultivate a good habit.
This is one of the most important areas in self-improvement. It is impossible to quit all bad habits in one go. Take one bad habit and make a conscious effort to quit it. If you love junk food but you are not able to control your food craving, then you need to start avoiding eating junk food one day at a time and then slowly increase the number of days you avoid junk food. Have a good daily exercise regime, which will result in weight loss and make you feel good.
At the same time cultivate a good habit like reading a book, exercising daily, eating healthy food, spending time in prayer and solitude.
Remove un-forgiveness and bitterness from your heart.
Let go of areas of hurt and sadness from your past. Do not hold onto any grudge, strife and un-forgiveness, as they will only bring negativity, health problems and sadness in your life.
Ensure and make an effort to stay positive and also be connected with positive people.
Live your dreams and take risk.
Every person has a deep inherent desire to do something that they are passionate about. Find out what interests you and see if you can turn it into a business venture. You can learn many things like communication skills, management skills, business acumen, understanding the markets, self-discipline, leadership etc., while starting a new business venture. You will be proud and at the same time you will be happy to work on something that you truly believe in.
Be a good human being.
It is important to be kind, generous and compassionate to other people’s needs. When you treat others right, you will also be treated right. People management skills, is one of the main strengths that most successful people have in them.
Take a sabbatical.
If you have been working too hard for many years without taking a break, then its time you took a sabbatical for a few months just to refresh and rejuvenate. It will help you relax, recharge and take on future responsibilities with extra zeal and enthusiasm.
These are the Top 10 ways of self-improvement in your life. If you consciously work on them, then they will definitely have a positive impact on your life.
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