In the last year, we all learned something new about ourselves. Whether what we learned was positive or negative, there may be a need for change. It may be easy to think we can close our eyes and wish for those changes to occur, but sadly, we cannot.
Change comes with hard work, and consistency is key. Due to the daily negative information that’s thrown at us via social media, television, and society’s constantly changing standards, we must guard our hearts and minds. Here are seven ways to grow and improve yourself each day.
The first step is to accept yourself for who you are. That may seem contradictory to the purpose of this article, but remember, you can’t change yourself out of hate, only out of love.
You must find love within yourself before you’re ready to change. Life is about falling in love with yourself again and again.
For example, try saying, “I love that I make people laugh! But I’d also like to be a bit more serious at work” so that you appreciate your current qualities while accepting that you may need to adjust them.
Review Your Goals
Review your goals every day so that they’re ingrained in your mind, and each action you take reflects the goals you want to accomplish.
You can do this by having a list of your goals on your bedside table or, if you’re a visual learner, keep a vision board in a place where you can see it every day. That way, you acknowledge why you’re changing and remind yourself why it’s worth it.
When you wake up, thank God, the Universe, or any other higher being you may worship for gifting you with a new day. When you get stuck in traffic on your way to work, be grateful because it gives you extra time to listen to a podcast or your favorite song. Remember, everything happens for a reason.
Showing gratitude is similar to seeing the bright side of each situation. Saying thank you even for things you wish were different—and meaning it—prepares you to accept the outcome you want.
Limit Screen Time
This includes the TV screen. When we watch TV, we tend to say, “Just one more episode,” and the next thing we know, three hours have passed. Or, when we browse social media, we don’t realize how much time we’re wasting until it’s already gone.
Learn Something New
Limiting your screen time gives you space to learn something every day. For example, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to sew, you may need to know the five main elastic fabric types and their uses.
We never stop learning, even when we’re 100!
Get Proper Sleep
It’s a scientific fact: we cannot function without proper sleep. Be sure to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day to help your body get into a rhythm.
And last but not least, get in some physical activity every day. Whether it’s running, swimming, playing tennis, or dancing, your body will thank you.
Applying these seven ways to grow and improve yourself each day will help you reach your dreams and enable you to be the person you’ve always wanted to be.