There are lots of things you can do to make a better you. And while, of course, there are some big things you can do, there are also a whole host of small, easy to accomplish methods of bettering yourself.
Why not consider some or a few of the following?
Learn a new language
Every dreamed of speaking French? Or Spanish? Or Mandarin? Learning a new language is not only a super-useful skill to have, but it’s pretty cool as well.
There are many ways you can go about it. You could head to night school. Or you can pick up a self-learning course. And here’s a top tip – check out eBay for people selling off their unwanted courses. It’s highly likely you’ll grab yourself a bargain – especially if you’re looking for a course to learn a fairly obscure language.
Read a book you wouldn’t normally read
If you normally head for the romance or sci-fi section, why not try some non-fiction. Or if you’re into biographies and the like, perhaps it’s time to try a novel. Whatever your chosen genre, there are definitely some classics that everyone should read at least once in their life.
Do voluntary work
This is so, so worthwhile. And the best thing about voluntary work is that you’re not only bettering yourself, but you’re helping others along the way. Oh – and the other ‘best’ thing is that no matter what you like doing, it’s pretty much a given that you can give up your time to voluntarily help out in your chosen field.
Check out this list of voluntary positions available within the US.
Wake up early
It doesn’t matter if you’re a morning lark or a night owl, there’s something to be said for those first few hours just after dawn. Being awake and alive at this, almost secretive, time of day really does do wonders for your self-esteem. It’s also a time for being super-productive.
Use the extra hours to do that exercise you always promise yourself you’ll do. Or spend the time in study, or getting ahead of the working tasks for the day. Whatever you use the time for, it’s way better for you than spending it wallowing in slumber. (Although make no mistake, we also believe that the odd lie in is good for the soul as well – we’re not saints, you know…).
Overcome your fears
This can be a biggie – but hey, if you manage to overcome a true phobia, then you’re going to be so proud of yourself. Now, it all depends on the level of your fear that will determine how you approach it. If it’s something that simply makes you mildly apprehensive, then you can undergo some self-therapy. But it it’s a major fear, then you might want to seek professional help – or you might just make it worse.
Write a letter to your future self
Ever wondered what you’d say to yourself if you could go back in time? Well, by writing a letter to your future self, you’re kinda turning this on its head. But the great thing about doing it is that, say you write a letter to yourself when you’re 25, and open it when you’re 40, then you’re likely to be a whole different person by then.
Life will have knocked you down, picked you back up, swept you along, given you the odd poke in the ribs… And remembering what your hopes and dreams were all those years ago is an incredibly powerful thing.
It’s never too late to write such a letter. If you’re 50, write one to your 60-year-old self. If you’re 70, date it for five years time. Whatever age you are, putting down your hopes, fear, dreams, and regrets to your future self is incredibly cathartic – not to mention character building.
Ask for feedback
Yep – this can be a little sobering. None of us particularly like criticism, after all. And actively asking for feedback is code for asking for criticism. But hey – one of the best ways to find out what others honestly think is to ask for it, and take what’s said.
Just ensure that you ask the right people – one’s you trust to be constructive. Because that’s the only kind of feedback that’s going to help you become a better you. Destructive criticism only does exactly what its name suggests…
Acknowledge your flaws
We’ve all got ‘em… Even if we don’t like to admit it. And by acknowledging them we can then work on them. Of course, we’ll never end up perfect, but who ever said bettering yourself was meant to end up with a flawless model. We’re all a work in progress, whatever our age and level…
Quit a bad habit
Yes! And do it now. It could be anything. Give up smoking, or too much caffeine: Stop biting your nails, or stop swearing so much. You know what your bad habits are, and if you can quit, then you really will feel so much better about yourself.
The thing about quitting a habit is that you mustn’t ever give up trying – even if you do fall off the wagon. For the big ones, such as stopping smoking, you may need to seek professional help to get you to your goal.
Stop watching TV
OK, not forever. But at least cut down on the amount you do watch. Vicariously living life though the silver screen can actively stop you getting as much out of life as you should do. So make it a goal to limit the amount you watch, and instead, get out in the fresh air – maybe take up a new hobby (such as those mentioned above, like learning a language or voluntary work).
You’ll be amazed at what else you can do instead of staring wide-eyed at a flat screen…
Millions of people around the world enhance their lives using the power of mediation. And it doesn’t have to be anything super time consuming, or even religious. Mediation is about learning to understand yourself, and becoming at peace with yourself and the world.
Anyone can learn it. There are some really easy, simple meditation techniques for beginners for which you need no special skills or place to practice. This is truly one of the most powerful tools available for all of us. And the best thing is that it costs nothing apart from a few minutes of your time.