Whether you want to earn a promotion or feel better about yourself, self-improvement is a great way to reach new goals and become the best possible version of yourself. However, too much focus on doing better, or conversely on getting rid of bad habits, can leave you feeling discouraged and unmotivated. While striving for improvement, you must maintain a balance in all areas of your life, so you can feel happy for your successes and remain undiscouraged when you falter.
1. Personal Introspection
Looking at your life and assessing how you feel in all areas of your life is crucial to your success. Are you emotionally drained or physically exhausted? Do you feel that you have opportunities to focus on the things that give your life meaning? Maybe you want to improve your employment success. You may want to look at six areas of your life and determine whether you’re spending too much or too little time and effort in any of them:
- Physical Health
- Spirituality or Quiet Reflection
- Personal Growth
- Career and Finances
- Mental and Emotional Well-Being
- Interpersonal Relations
You’re more likely to have the energy and satisfaction necessary to maintain progress if you can keep these areas of your life in balance.
2. Create a Plan
It isn’t enough to acknowledge to yourself that there’s an imbalance. You need to create a plan that requires action every day and, if possible, throughout the day in the minutes of your life. Otherwise, your good intentions will be as effective as the January resolutions that are forgotten before February takes over. If you see that you’re overwhelmed at work and not spending enough time with family, you need to establish something you can do each day to reduce the stress at work and to improve your family time.
3. Break Your Goals Into Achievable Steps
If you want to lose ten pounds, break that goal into daily steps, such as eating five to six servings of vegetables and taking a walk each day. If you want to save for retirement, figure out how much you need to set aside from each paycheck. Are there things you can do each day to make more progress, such as taking lunch from home? Most large goals are easier to achieve when you break them into daily, bite-sized pieces. As you complete one step of your goal after the other, eventually you’ll find that the primary goal has been accomplished, and you’re ready for a new goal.
4. Record Your Progress
You may have heard the saying, “If it’s not written down, it didn’t happen.” Professionals in many industries recognize the value of documenting financial interactions, patterns of behavior, and progress. When it comes to making and keeping goals, a written record can be a powerful motivator. A visual map of your progress is a great way for you to recognize the improvements you’ve made. Simply checking off the steps to your goals as you complete them each day is a great way for you to stay on track. Remember, your self improvement steps should make you feel happy and successful.
Which areas of your life could use a little bit of work? Are your existing goals going to help you feel happier? Make time to assess your life, target areas for improvement, make a plan, break it into steps, and record your progress. Taking the risks and steps necessary to improve your life is worth the effort.
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