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. 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. We’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
Break down your goals into smaller objectives and prioritize which one you want to work on first.
Firstly, make a list of the steps you need to take to reach your first objective. Secondly, time-block each step so you have a set schedule for yourself. For example, set 10 minutes for one step and 45 minutes for the next.
Remember, sometimes we all need a little help. Therefore, do not be afraid to reach out to people around you who can help you achieve your goals. Also, consider incorporating Atomic Habits into your daily routine to help you stay on task along the way.
Above all, if you fall short of your goal, make sure not to beat yourself up. Just reassess your steps, make the necessary changes and start again.
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. Focus on Yourself and Your Relationships with Journaling
Daily journal entries keep you focused on yourself and make you aware of what aspects of your life you can adjust to improve your daily life.
As for relationships, journaling can help you assess what you want and need from your relationship. In your journey to self-improvement, it’s important to set time aside to clear out the mental clutter from your brain and face the contradictory goals and obligations that are crowding your days.
Relationship Journaling Exercise:
- Do this by category: needs, must-haves, and perfect world desires.
- Once you have completed your list, begin to rate your items based on how they are being met.
- Use a number scale of one to five (five being the highest).
- Once you’ve finished putting a value next to each item, count them up.
- Then, see what the points are for each category.
- The numbers will give you an idea of how your needs are being met.
- The great thing about this method is that you can keep the emotions at bay and let the numbers be the roadmap to your decision.
When you’ve completed the exercise above, you will get an idea of where you are in your situation. For instance, if you are not getting what you need, want, or desire in a relationship, then the answer may be plain and simple.
On the other hand, if you feel you are getting what you want and need in a relationship but are low on desire, you have to determine if those first two columns are enough to keep you happy.
“Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!”
3. Keep Goals in Focus in Your Journey of Self-Improvement
Know that the best way to start is by taking baby steps to achieve that goal. Remember to often visualize where you want to be. Keep that vision with you. Maybe you can create a vision board. Or, you can listen to upbeat music while envisioning yourself accomplishing your goals!
Don’t forget to lay out the path necessary to achieve the goal you have in mind. For example, if you want a new job, you have to update your resume. If you want to run a marathon, you have to train. Nothing happens overnight.
“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. Self-Improvement is Infinite
Life is a journey. Because of this, the lessons we learn along the way are not always easy and rarely happen in the blink of an eye. Having a mindset of self-improvement allows us to be more flexible as we try to reach our goals. Life can be richer and fuller when we give meaning and value to the steps we are taking to ultimately accomplish what we have set out to do.
Try to wake up grateful for each new day, and always remember that self-improvement is a lifelong endeavor. 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.