How To Successfully Improve Your Life

How To Successfully Improve Your Life

Authored By Emily
Most of us want to do better, be better and achieve more as we get older, wiser and as life changes. None of us is perfect and so we all fall short of our goals every so often. While some are able to pick up where they left off and stay on course, some have a harder time getting back on the wagon. Despite the fact that we all want to improve in life, why is it harder for some than others?

Things That Hold You Back From Improving Your Life

  • Lack of motivation Motivation is an incentive, inspiration; something that influences your willingness to act in a certain way. Depression, past failures, and trauma can cause you to lack motivation. You need to find inspiration in things that make you happy so that you get motivated to make positive changes in your life.
  • Lack of enthusiasm When you have a sense of hopelessness then you lack the enthusiasm needed to make changes in your life.
  • Lack of discipline Improving your life requires hard work, persistence, and discipline. If you’re not used to following through on work, projects or plans, then you’ll probably have a difficult time staying on course during self-improvement.
  • Lack of determination You must want something bad enough to want to work towards attaining it. Determination comes when you realize the value and importance of what you’re going after.
  • Fear of failure You may be allowing the fear of failure to paralyze you from taking action. Fear is one of the biggest hindrances when it comes to achieving goals and not just in life improvement. The irony is we all fail, but it is those that don’t give up trying who eventually succeed.
Now that you know the obstacles that come in the way of improving your life, what steps can you take towards self-improvement?

Face Your Fears

You can’t conquer your fears unless you face them. What is holding you back? Are you afraid you’ll embarrass yourself? Are you worried you’ll lose relationships? Your fears are what keep you from making the necessary changes in your life. What you need to realize is that what you’re afraid of losing, will be lost eventually if you’re not at peace with yourself. Take for instance relationships. If you are afraid of making improvements in your life so as to keep a relationship going, then chances are that relationship is not healthy for you. A healthy relationship would allow you to thrive and become a better person so that the relationship itself can get better. Letting go of that fear could actually do more justice to that thing you’re afraid of losing. Make A Plan Making changes in life happens over time. You can’t change your life all at once. Write down what you need to change in the order of priority. It could be finishing your education, starting an investment plan, whatever you need to do to improve your life. Next, put down a plan on how you’ll achieve the outlined goals. You might need resources for education of a scholarship. At this stage, you have to outline exactly how you plan to achieve each of the listed changes and possibly how long it will take to complete making each change. Exercise Willpower So now you have an incredible plan outlined and an idea of how you’ll carry through the plan. You however need to prepare yourself emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and mentally for the task ahead. There will be challenges at every stage of your self-improvement journey but you have to keep self-motivating so that you stay on course. Seek Wisdom & Help It is important to have a support system, especially when making very big changes in your life. Doing it in isolation can make coping with the challenges even harder. Have people that you can trust and rely on for support. It could be material or immaterial support; whichever you get will go a long way in helping you stay focused. Don’t be a know it all. It’s important to seek wisdom from those who have done it before, the experts and professionals with a wealth of information that could help you redefine your goals and come up with better strategies on how to achieve them. There is no shame in asking or even admitting that you don’t know something. Believe In Yourself You must choose to have faith in the possibilities. Choose to believe that the next day will be better than the last. Have faith in yourself, your skills and abilities. Believe that nothing is beyond your reach as long as you work hard at it, you will attain it. It doesn’t matter how many inspirational books you read, how much advice you get or how great your support system is, if you don’t believe in yourself. Find Balance Be careful not to get too ambitious and consequently bite more than you can chew. Many times, we give up because we get overwhelmed. We get overwhelmed when we have too much on our plate. Remember that improving your life is a lifetime venture; you don’t have to do it all at once. Pace yourself. Set realistic goals with realistic targets and timelines. Don’t be ashamed to modify things along the way if you feel it’s too much. Avoid Distractions Once you start working on your plan to improve your life, do not allow distractions to sway you away from the plan. There are so many experts and theories and it’s easy to want it all or get caught up in trying to find the ultimate solution. These distractions will only waste your time because you’ll either fail to achieve your goals or take too long to get there. There is no perfect plan under the sun; no perfect solution to our problems in life. Focus on what you want to change, and the best way available for you to make those changes, given your abilities, talents, and resources.


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