This one’s for you: Tips for self-improvement

As Henry Ford stated, “If you say you can or you can’t, you’re right either way.” It’s all about perspective.

September is self-improvement month, so after doing a bit of introspection and reflection, I wanted to share my tips for a better you any time of the year.

Practice gratitude. Gratitude is a simple notion, yet we often forget to practice it regularly. One way to do that is with a 21-day challenge. They say it takes about 21 days to form a habit, so challenge yourself to write down three things you are grateful for each day for the next 21 days. If you miss a day, it’s no sweat. But have fun with it, and watch how it changes your perspective about the little non-important stressors in your life and the things that are going well that you normally may not notice.

Recharge your mind. This will look differently for each person. If you’re an introvert (like me) recharging may be a quiet time you set aside for yourself with no distractions on a daily or weekly basis. However, if you’re an extrovert, that might mean scheduling time with a group of friends to catch up on life. Either way, make time to recharge.

Set goals for yourself. Simply put, goals give you the motivation in the short term to work towards where you want to be long term. Whether business or personal, take the time to set goals — and be sure to write them down to hold yourself accountable. Check in on a regular basis and evaluate your progress.

Appreciate the present. Be where you are now. Worries about the future can cause unnecessary anxiety. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a worrier, so this is a tough one for me. It’s easy (and even sometimes human nature) to worry about the next step, but you can choose to be present and live fully in each moment. And if you really want to focus on the now, put that smartphone down and make it a priority to live through your eyes and not a screen. Take a snapshot with your mind, and enjoy the moment.

What other tips do you have for self-improvement? We would love to hear from you! Share with us in the comments below.

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