When is the last time you thought to yourself…’I really want to accomplish this (insert goal) by the end of the summer?’ But, time passes, and you don’t quite get there. It’s so easy to get frustrated and to want to give up. The journey of self-improvement is bold and takes courage! Let’s roll up our sleeves and get started.
Whatever it is you’re hoping to accomplish, it’s important to remember that the personal journey of self-improvement is vast and open to endless opportunities. I’ve put together a few ideas here to get you on your way. Remember, no matter what – the effort we put in is always worth it!
I am working on myself, by myself, for myself.
1. Take small steps to reach your goals in your journey of self-improvement.
Looking at your big, beautiful goal might feel a bit overwhelming at first! Yes, it all looks so great, but how are you actually going to begin to tackle this?
The best answer – breaking it down into categories and into smaller, achievable goals that can be easily tracked and monitored.
Natalie Stein, exercise, fitness, and nutrition expert has a formula for you to use:
Step 1: Break it down. That larger goal may seem far-off and unattainable, but breaking it down into smaller goals establishes a defined path that you can travel.
Step 2: Track your progress. Track your progress to see how well you are doing and where you might improve.
Step 3: Modify as needed. Assess your progress regularly, such as weekly or a couple of times a month, and modify your goal and path to it as needed.
You can break large goals down into small daily goals that are easily achievable.
My favorite journal:
I use the “high performance journal” by Brendan Bouchard to stay on track. I like this journal because the pages are full size and allow for me to track bullet points while also leaving room for free hand writing (more on that in a minute).
If you need help working through your blocks throughout the day, consider incorporating Atomic Habits. The strategies offered here provide actionable tools to keep you on track.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. – Louisa May Alcott
2. Use journaling as an important accountability tool in your journey toward self-improvement.
I like to think of my journal as my confidante. When I write in it, I’m sometimes sharing feelings of happiness to achieve my goals for that day. Other times, I express my frustration for not having met my goals.
Either way, it’s a touchstone I have with myself. In the end, I am only accountable to myself! I like to take this time to respond kindly when things didn’t go as planned. Regardless of the outcome of the day, I am always trying my best to move forward.
Another idea to consider is asking a close friend to be an accountability partner. A positive coaching performance site suggests, “When you have an accountability partner, you’re no longer on your own in your journey. You’re less likely to allow yourself to lose focus and become distracted when you have someone who’s encouraging you.”
“Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!”
3. Remember to keep your goals at the top of your mind. This will help push you forward on days you don’t want to work.
Internal desires drive your actions and decisions. The best way to stay focused? Keep your goals in your mind every day.
This might look like taking five minutes every morning and listening to a song you love while looking at your vision board. Or it might mean trying to catch a glimpse of the sunset and acknowledging the gorgeous goals that you have in your mind.
Your goals come from a higher version of yourself that wants more for you. This is something to be acknowledged. And the emotional connection you feel for your goal will pull you through challenging times and redirect you back onto the path of the journey of self-improvement.
“For me, goals are my road map to the life I want. They have helped me accomplish things I once thought were impossible.” – Catherine Pulsifer.
4. Remember that self-improvement is a mindset – and that the journey is infinite.
Having a mindset of self-improvement allows us to be more flexible as we try to reach our goals. Remember to be patient! Change doesn’t occur overnight. The journey of self-improvement is a lifelong process. Your days can be richer and fuller when you give meaning and value to the steps you’re taking to accomplish what you’ve set out to do.
Try to wake up grateful for each new day. Honor yourself and your commitments. Be persistent, stay on track, and enjoy the little wins every single day.
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.”
Don’t forget to give yourself some love along the way! A commitment to self-improvement is a big deal. Recognize your efforts, honor your intentions, and keep moving forward.