When is the last time you thought to yourself…’I want to accomplish this (insert goal) by the end of the summer.’ But, inevitably, time passes, and you don’t quite get there. If you’re anything like me, you begin to feel extremely frustrated and 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. There are many ways to get to where you’re going. To help get you started, I’ve done some research and have put together a few ideas to set you on your path. 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, fantastic goal might feel overwhelming at first! Yes, it would be wonderful to get there, but how exactly are you going to begin to tackle this?
The best answer is to break it down into categories and 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.
You can break significant goals down into small daily goals that are easily achievable.
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 a vital accountability tool in your journey toward self-improvement.
I like to think of my journal as my confidante. When I write in it, I sometimes share feelings of happiness for having achieved 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’m only accountable to myself! I like to take this time to respond kindly when things don’t go as planned. I may write words of encouragement to myself to help get back on track. Regardless of the day’s outcome, I can acknowledge that I’m always trying my best to move forward.
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 me to track bullet points while also leaving room for freehand 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.
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 mind every single 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 reminding yourself of how far you’ve come and feel more and more connected to where you are going.
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 goals will pull you through challenging times and redirect you back onto 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. Consider an ambitious morning routine to get your days started on the right track.
One of my favorite mentors, Robin Sharma, is a master in teaching high performance to his students. He has coached with many uber-successful entrepreneurs and shares some of their habits in his book The 5 am Club.
As the title suggests, Sharma urges his students to wake before sunrise at 5 am every morning. He suggests that the critical hour between 5 am and 6 am is filled with three 20 minute segments: exercise, journaling, and learning. He says that you are programming your day for success when you rise early and start it this way.
Some of my favorite quotes from his work are:
“All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”
“The smallest of implementations is always worth more than the grandest of intentions.”
“Elite producers and everyday heroes understand that what you do each day matters far more than what you do once in a while.”
So, if you’re looking for a radical new program that’s certain to move the dial forward in all areas of your life, check out his work.
5. Remember that self-improvement is a mindset – and that the journey is infinite.
Having a self-improvement mindset 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 feel more prosperous and abundant when you give meaning and value to the steps you take to accomplish what you’ve set out to do.
Try to wake up with feelings of gratitude for each new day. Honor yourself and your commitments. Be persistent, stay on track, and enjoy the little wins every day.
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who will stop me.”
A commitment to self-improvement is a big deal! Recognize your efforts, honor your intentions, and keep moving forward. Don’t forget to give yourself some love along the way.
So, did you like this post? I hope I was able to provide new insights that may help you along your way!
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Thanks for reading!
(This post was originally published on March 11, 2021, and has been updated for increased thoroughness.)