Personal improvement is a very popular concept these days and typically goes hand-in-hand with goals and practices ranging from taking up a fitness routine, to effectively decluttering the home.
While personal improvement can take many different forms, and may even include things like sitting down to compare credit options and make a home purchase, many people find that improving and enhancing their lives in different ways, or moving towards valued goals, can be very tricky and difficult to be consistent with.
Workout routines often end up trailing off, savings goals get sidetracked, and day-to-day distractions end up creeping into the picture. What’s really needed in many cases is finding ways to make personal improvement a part of your everyday routine.
Here are a few tips for doing that.
Look for one area of your life, each day, where you can make things slightly better
It can be very difficult – if not impossible – to come up with a comprehensive plan for totally transforming your life. For one thing, you will inevitably keep learning new things as you progress down any given path, and what at first seems like a good idea may well need revision down the line.
Instead of trying to put a major plan into action, that requires you to have everything worked out in detail, try to make a habit of looking for one area of your life each day where you can make things slightly better. Today that might mean tidying and decluttering your home. Tomorrow it might mean updating your CV. Committing to small incremental changes and improvements each day can lead to dramatic results over time.
Develop an awareness of the importance of habit
Habit is fundamentally important, and in many ways, the habits you develop and nurture will end up shaping your destiny. On a day-to-day basis, only a small part of what we actually end up doing is a result of conscious thought and intention. Our habits are largely responsible for everything ranging from how much we procrastinate, to how we start each day.
Developing an awareness of the importance of habit, and taking steps to implement certain habits that have a positive overall impact on your life, and that move you more in the direction you want to head in, can be a very powerful and sustainable way of making self-improvement part of your everyday routine.
Focus primarily on the present moment and what’s right in front of you
Getting overly caught up in plans, goals, fears, and expectations for the future – or for that matter, dwelling excessively in the past – can make it very difficult for you to maintain a positive and productive course in life.
Ultimately, self-improvement – like everything else – has to unfold in the present moment, and the more you can stay present, the likelier you are to be able to actually enjoy a high degree of well-being and to consistently engage with your everyday life in a positive manner.