Deciding that you want to improve yourself is the first, very laudable step on the path to self improvement. Take these ideas, and use them as a starting point for your efforts.
Hang out with people who are similar to you. Personal development is easier when your associates do not belittle your efforts and tempt you from your goals but instead share your drive for self-improvement.
Your library and bookstore probably have an entire section devoted to self-help. Many of the best-selling books offer page after page of useful, and possibly life-changing, ideas and insight. Many personal development books are poorly written, so pick one that has good reviews.
Live according to your principles. Everyone has a set of beliefs that is integral to their identity. If you have a good foundation to defend them upon (and you should), your self esteem will benefit from adherence to your core principles. Another bonus is the fact that doing so will encourage you to be steadfast in how you conduct your life, and that is something that will garner great respect.
Begin your self improvement with a look at your leadership qualities. Although there are many different definitions of leadership, the most common being “influence”. Think about your own leadership experiences. Which experiences have been enriching for you? What changes did those events bring forth in you? Ask yourself which qualities make you a good leader. When you examine these thoughts, you will become more of a team player and leader.
Create a personal development plan by determining what your personal values are. These are the areas that will have greater impact on your development instead of conflicting value areas. Spend your energy and time on those areas that you want to better and that mesh well with your values. This allows you to implement personal and professional changes that will last forever.
Strive to make each day a bit better than the previous one. Always look for things to improve. Encourage yourself to top yesterday’s accomplishments and set the stage for tomorrow’s successes.
Ask other people about their accomplishments instead of bragging about your own. This allows you to discover some of the great things that people around you are capable of accomplishing, which helps you to respect others by giving you insight into their character.
Unless you are self-sufficient, you cannot expect to be able to care for another person. No matter where you are in life, allow yourself time to recover and rejuvenate yourself.
Whether or not a person can make things happen for you, you must treat everyone with respect and gratitude. The way you act toward others says something about your character, not theirs.
There is one key strategy to consider, no matter what your individual goals for self improvement. You need to participate in life and not watch from the sidelines. Don’t be a spectator who isn’t participating in your world. Take action and live!
A great step in personal development is to practice selfless behavior. There are times when you may have to sacrifice something and simply care for someone else. If you can see the emotional benefits of helping others, then you are already well on your way to becoming a person you can be proud of.
Taking a few risks can help you feel happier. Do not allow yourself to fear failure more than you desire success. Taking risks may take you out of your comfort zone, but it is not irrational to do so. Taking risks can lead you to the things you want out of life, which will bring you the most happiness.
Try one or more of these tips to see if you see any positive changes in your life. Realize that you can’t do everything right away.