The more I grow, the more I realize there is so much out there I don’t know, so much that I have to learn.
For sure, there is always something about ourselves we can improve on. The human potential is limitless, so it’s impossible to reach a point of no growth.
Whenever we think we are good, we can be even better.
As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. I’ve compiled 10 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Some of them are simple steps which you can engage in immediately. Some are bigger steps which takes conscious effort to act on. Here they are:
1. Take a break.
Have you been working too hard? Self-improvement is also about recognizing our need to take a break to walk the longer mile ahead. You can’t be driving a car if it has no petrol.
Scheduling down time for yourself is important. Take some time off for yourself every week. Relax, rejuvenate and charge yourself up for what’s up ahead.
2. Reach out to the people who hate you.
If you ever stand for something, you are going to get haters.
It’s easy to hate the people who hate us. It’s much more challenging to love them back.
Being able to forgive, let go and show love to these people requires magnanimity and an open heart.
Is there anyone who dislikes or hates you in your life? If so, reach out to them. Show them love.
Seek a resolution and get closure on past grievances. Even if they refuses to reciprocate, love them all the same. It’s much more liberating than to hate them back.
3. Show kindness to people around you.
You can never be too kind to someone. In fact, most of us don’t show enough kindness to people around us.
Being kind helps us to cultivate other qualities such as compassion, patience, and love.
As you get back to your day after reading this article later on, start exuding more kindness to the people around you, and see how they react.
Not only that, notice how you feel as you behave kindly to others. Chances are, you will feel even better than yourself.
4. Let go of the past.
Is there any grievance or unhappiness from the past which you have been holding on? If so, it’s time to let it go.
Holding on to them prevents you from moving on and becoming a better person. Break away from the past, forgive yourself, and move on.
Just recently, I finally moved on from a past heartbreak of 5 years ago. The effect was liberating and very empowering, and I have never been happier.
6. Stop watching TV.
I’ve not been watching TV for pretty much 4 years and it’s been a very liberating experience.
I realized most of the programs and advertisements on mainstream TV are usually of a lower consciousness and not very empowering.
In return, the time I’ve freed up from not watching TV is now constructively used for other purposes, such as connecting with close friends, doing work I enjoy, exercising, etc.
7. Start a blog about personal development.
To help others grow, you need to first be walking the talk. There are expectations of you, both from yourself and from others, which you have to uphold.
I run The Personal Excellence Blog, where I share my personal journey and insights on how to live a better life. Readers look toward my articles to improve themselves, which enforces to me that I need to keep improving, for myself and for the people I’m reaching out to.
8. Learn from people who inspire you.
Think about people you admire. People who inspire you. These people reflect certain qualities you want to have for yourself too.
What are the qualities in them you want to have for yourself? How can you acquire these qualities?
9. Get into action.
The best way to learn and improve is to take action.
What is something you have been meaning to do? How can you take action on it immediately?
Waiting doesn’t get anything done. Taking action gives you immediate results to learn from.
10. Put someone up to a challenge.
Competition is one of the best ways to grow. Set a challenge (weight loss, exercise, financial challenge, etc) and compete with an interested friend to see who achieves the target first.
Through the process, both of you will gain more than if you were to set off on the target alone.
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