5 Easy Ways to Start Improving Your life

 5 Easy Ways to Start Improving Your life

Easy Ways to Start Improving Your life
Easy Ways to Start Improving Your life

The field of personal development is interesting. There's no shortage of information and sources on how to improve yourself, from proven books (by well-known authors) to places like Quora, where anyone can become an expert and push their opinion.

Now, I don't consider myself an expert; far from there. But naturally, I appreciate when I get feedback that my words have resonated with other people.

That said, it's important to understand one very, very big thing:

Self-improvement comes through action.

You could say I learned that lesson the hard way.

Even before embarking on my own path of self-development, I was wasting a lot of time doing nothing in my free time (i.e. time before and after work).

Then when I finally decided it was time to kick my ass and shift into high gear knowing A) who I am and B) what I want to do, I spent too much time doing what I call self-help entertainment.

What is self-development entertainment?


It's when you spend all your time trying to get better, but you don't do anything to get better.

I have a collection of books sitting there gathering dust until I finally pick it up and read a few. Then I would get lazy, distracted, or bored and walk away from it.

On some occasions, the book has blessed me enough with its juicy quotes and passages to keep me hooked. I remember reading some of these quotes and passages, so excited that I would highlight certain things like crazy.

I was pumped up. "Yeah, that's it, Adam!" It's here !! »

Then, like magic, once the book was finished or I put it down, I would go on with my life and conveniently forget what turned me on, the yellow-highlighted passage still drying from the highlighter pen.

The books that needed a bunch of practice in them? Well shit, I didn't have time. I flipped through the book, quickly skipping the exercises mentally noting what was required, and thinking I didn't need to do them.

I did it again and again and again.

Ok, so the first step was done - I figured it was time for a change, and I started researching and exploring ways to do that.

But the second step, really changes? Yeah, Until I realized what I was doing, and I saw it with other people all the time.

Here's a great example:

I went to Tony Robbins' Unleash The Power Within conference in New Jersey. Personally, I read a lot of his stuff, but his style doesn't suit me at all. 

His seminars are way too punchy for my taste, but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

It was an incredible experience.

However, I noticed one thing. Talking to a bunch of new people there, I found a few who were there at UPW for their third, fourth, fifth time. I met a guy who was there for the ninth time. Yes, new.

And while I commend people for taking the time to look for ways to improve, I found myself thinking: when do you need to keep hearing before you start doing?

I knew this from personal experience.

So while consuming content is important to self-improvement, nothing beats doing so. And so, here are five things that you can implement quite easily, in my opinion, so that you can start doing it.

1. Tell yourself you're awesome

There is power in the way you behave. Not just a little, but a lot.

Easier said than done, I understand. But it's also one of those that requires the least physical change because it's all in the wrinkled three-pound mass above your head.

You don't have to start thinking you're the best thing since sliced ​​bread. It's hard to be that confident, and it's also super arrogant. Instead, start believing in yourself. I spent a lot of time with my negative self-talk, convincing me of a few bad things.

The law of attraction, in my honest opinion, is real. The energy you give is the energy you get. I figured I wasn't good enough at corporate America.  Yes, I was in the wrong career, but the self-talk carried over into my next career. 

It wasn't until very recently that I changed gear in my own head and realized what I was capable of (and I'm still working on this one). But in this slow change, I noticed results. It's hard not to. Do you agree to an easy break and start believing what you are capable of? 

2. Name some easy goals

Find ways to set easy goals and kick them in the ass.

If you have never set goals, do not set long-term goals. Make it a habit to put little ones in and knock them out.

This has a double effect: you gain a wealth of confidence and you will start doing the things you want. Not what others want. Not what your boss wants.

You see, we spend the vast majority of our time fighting the fires of others. Work, relationships, friends, and family to name a few.

There is a time and a place for such things (they are unfortunately inevitable sometimes). 

But if you do not set your own goals for things YOU want, you will just soar through life and do whatever may come to you. the moment.

You need to know what you want, at some level, so you can start planning your time to move on with your life. Schedule your time more.

3. Schedule your time more

Schedule Your More Time
Schedule Your More Time

This goes hand in hand with defining your goals. Once you know your goals or at least have an idea of ​​some of the things you want to achieve, you can start planning your time to incorporate them.

Personally, I find myself trying to plan my week on Sunday for the upcoming work week.

I start by dividing my time into four or five areas I would like to work on. For example Career, writing, relationships, finance, and health. They may remain the same from week to week, or they may change. I then write a few points under each. 

Some categories may have more than others, they do not have to be equal. So once I've written it all down, I can see pretty much what my week should look like. In other words, how should I plan my time?

I spend so little time writing down the things I want to achieve for the week during each day until Friday. Am I staying on track? Almost never. It is OK. I know I was able to work on the things I wanted.

When Thursday night rolls around, I then reconsider what I may have knocked out, and plan the weekend accordingly.  Oh, did you think the weekend was all about grilling and relaxing? Certainly not.

4. Establish a morning routine

Establish Morning Routine
Establish Morning Routine

If you have read my work here or on my website, you will probably think that I am breaking the record for emphasizing the importance of a morning routine.

It's a shame I will mention it again. In my opinion, there is no better way to organize your day than a morning routine.

Even if you are planning your free time and making a serious effort to do your best, we are all confused.

The morning is your chance to set the mood, set your intentions, and plan the day as best you can. Is that the case? Yes, but not always.

Tragedy strikes and life throws a steaming pile of hot garbage your way.

Well, I have to take care of it.

What if you did not start the day from scratch? You would be a complete mess.

By establishing a morning routine, you can lock yourself in and prepare to rumble. You can work on the things you want, meditate and establish good habits that will inevitably lead you to success.

5. Create more, consume less (except books)

Facebook. Snapchat. Instagram. LinkedIn. Movie. TV shows. Sport. News. Magazines. Books.

We are a generation and a world of consumption. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a little downtime with a good movie, TV show or book.

But among all these forms of consumption, only one should be consumed more. You can guess what it is ... reading books.

The rest? Relax. I'm going to save all the talk about comparison and wasted time on social media, even the news. I'm guilty of it myself. I toned it down, but god, I still use them way too much.

I'm trying ... I swear.

See, I asked you to take what Quora writers sometimes write, with a pinch of salt. At least I admit I'm far from being a machine.

Remember, read as much as you can about improving yourself, but I beg you ... take action.

Nothing is worse than using self-help book reading as entertainment. There is a reason why there are exercises in the books.

There's a reason you can not sit there and attract a million dollars.

You have to go out and do it.

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