28 Aug 2018
7 Self Improvement Tips & Tricks
In a world of tech, creativity, the hustle, and the grind – it is easy to forget about taking care of yourself and developing into a better entrepreneur. However, self-development is a big part of the conversation in 2018. With books, podcasts and memes screaming at you to ‘treat yourself’, it’s no surprise that everyone is trying to better themselves.
Honestly, we can’t think of a better trend to have circulating.
But where do you begin this journey? Yoga on the beach? Hour-long meditations? Well, if you’re into that sort of thing, sure! If not, don’t fret. Here are seven self-improvement tips and tricks to help you be a better you.
1. Make a Vision Board
Have you ever created a vision board? If not, don’t worry, it’s quite simple. Remember those days in elementary school when you would have to cut out pictures from magazines and glue them onto a science board for a project?
Yep, that’s what we need you to channel.
So what is helpful about a vision board regarding your personal development?
Well, not only does it get you excited about pursuing your goals, but it also gives you an actual starting place for them.
You know how it is, you make a goal and then you say to yourself, ‘Okay, cool. Where do I start?’ Think of a vision board as that first step.
So how do you go about creating one anyway?
1. Write down what you want your future to look like. Do NOT play it safe, you can do anything you put your mind to and this is going to serve as a daily reminder of that.
2. Buy a canvas! This can be as big or small as you want, however, a regular one dollar poster board is your safest option.
3. Go online and find photos or quotes that speak to you and print them out
4. Go through any old magazines you have laying around and cut out anything that gets you excited for your future. (Yes, you’re allowed to cut out a hot model to represent your future marriage.)
5. Get out your paste and start designing your future.
6. Hang or set it up somewhere that you can see it every day.
2. Read a Book or Listen to a Podcast
It is no secret that the world is busier now than ever and finding a quiet moment amongst the noise can be tough.
What you don’t know, because you’re caught up in it, is that your mental and physical health will improve if you take a minute to reduce stress every day, and reading a book or listening to a podcast is this perfect way to do that.
You can escape reality for a while, go somewhere you’ve never been, or learn something new. Also, there are tons of educational benefits such as improving focus and expanding your vocabulary.
3. Reflect on Your Day Every Day
At the end of the day, right before you go to sleep, take a minute to think about what happened that day.
What made you feel happy? What made you feel negatively?
It’s probably hard for you to remember the last time you simply reflected on your life, because of work, school, children and projects.
Make room in your day to reflect and you’ll know what is holding you back from achieving your goals and what is helping to push you forward.
This also helps with relationships. Looking back at the day and the month and seeing who has made you happier and who has caused you nothing but anger and pain can help you to figure out who you need to cut out of your life.
People can hinder your growth, and you don’t want one toxic person to keep you from reaching your greatest self.
So reflect and figure out who and what needs to stay, and who and what needs to go.
4. Make a Gratitude Journal
This is a very healthy way to take a step back every day and realize what you have by writing down what you’re grateful for in life. It can be anything from your favorite fast food restaurant to your family, nothing is too big or too small to feel grateful for.
Writing what you love about your life can make you aware that you have an abundance of happiness, more than you ever thought you had before.
Through practicing this daily, you will develop a more positive outlook and in turn, have a better life experience.
5. Learn How to Say NO
Saying yes to everything just because you feel like you have to must stop if you truly want to develop into your best self.
Here’s a scenario for you…
Your coworkers ask you to go out with them to have a few drinks and you don’t want to hurt their feelings by saying no, so you go. The entire time you’re there you are having a horrible time and wishing you were at home on the couch watching Netflix with your dogs.
Does this sound familiar?
The truth is, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.
So why is it SO hard for us to say no?
We’re scared to hurt people’s’ feelings, we don’t want to make people angry, and we don’t want to deal with conflict.
Isn’t that crazy? The lengths we will go to keep someone else happy? We actually do things that we truly don’t want to do just to refrain from hurting someone else’s feelings.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s great being considerate of other people’s’ feelings, but do NOT let them determine YOUR life.
The best way to gain confidence is to have confidence in saying no.
Most of your friends will understand, and if they can’t, they need to read this post.
6. Use Positive Language
Are you the type of person that has a meltdown and says things that you don’t mean when something doesn’t go your way? Do you really mean it when you say “Screw my life” because you’re out of laundry soap or “nothing goes right for me” when you don’t get that job interview you’ve been wanting?
Of course, you don’t mean it. But believe us, this isn’t doing your self-development any favors.
We’ll make this quite simple,
Positive language leads to positive actions which then leads to a positive life.
You will not have good things happen to you if you do not start thinking and speaking positively about yourself and your life.
The bad news is, speaking negatively can become a habit. The good news is, habits are breakable.
So how do you stop?
1. Negative thoughts come out of your mouth or pop into your head.
2. Immediately say “No, I didn’t mean that.”
3. Replace it with a positive outlook on the subject.
4. Go about your day feeling more empowered.
7. Start a Workout Routine
You knew this was coming! No matter how much you despise that cardio workout, you know it is exactly what your body needs.
Not only does working out help your physical self-development, but it also helps your mental development, and that’s the most important.
Working out helps you to reduce stress and makes you feel better about yourself!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to go crazy and drink a kale smoothie every morning after running two miles.
Whether it’s yoga, cardio or walking around the block a few times, getting that heart rate up is key to decompressing for your own self-development.