We all want to do and be better in life. Some have more motivation to follow through on this tendency than others, but it’s a common ambition for people to want to be the best they can be. And if you’re reading this, it means you have the desire to start your self-improvement journey.
However, you may wonder where you should start.
After all, there are countless things we can all improve in our lives—where does one even begin to take action? Fair enough. In this article, we’ll cover the best, easiest, and most straightforward way for you to start your self-improvement journey.
Keep reading to learn more.
3 Easy Tips to Begin Your Self-Improvement Journey
Looking at your life, you know some things need fixing.
Maybe it’s your health and fitness, your relationships or finances, or possibly your job or career. Whatever the case, chances are there is some aspect of your life that is gnawing at you more than others. For this example, let’s say it’s your finances (although this strategy will work for any area of your life you want to improve). Maybe you’re broke, in debt, and living paycheck to paycheck.
The first thing you need to do is…
1. Take Stock of Where You Are
It’s time to eat a slice of humble pie and acknowledge your shortcomings.
Take a thorough look at your present financial situation. As people, we are the world’s best bullshitters, so it’s important to be honest with yourself. This process is a lot easier said than done—but it’s necessary.
By acknowledging your poor economic standing, you realize your current way of doing things in this area of your life is WRONG.
Only once you recognize the error of your ways can you work to correct it. That’s why taking an inventory of the areas you want to improve is so crucial. And as a result of this merciless introspection, you can begin making real progress; and to get the ball rolling, all you have to do is…
2. Develop a Plan of Attack
Okay, so you’ve taken stock of the area you want to improve.
Next, you have to create a plan for its improvement. Nothing happens without directed effort, and that’s what a plan does—it focuses you and pools your energy toward a specific outcome. This process is what eventually leads to progress, in any area of life.
Let’s continue piggybacking off of our financial example.
At this point, the question you need to ask yourself is: Where can I find a faultless plan for my financial-improvement strategy? Remember, your plan didn’t work. So you have to create a better one by seeking out accurate knowledge from someone who is in the position you aspire to reach. It’s called best practices.
And here’s the good news…
Finding accurate, reliable information is easy. A quick Google or YouTube search will instantly lead you to certified experts who can guide you in the right direction. However, a word of caution here, be sure you’re getting advice from actual experts and not some random Joe or Jane online.
The internet is great.
But it can be an absolute cesspool of inaccurate information spurted out from people who don’t know any more than you. So do your homework before implementing any plans in your life from the internet.
3. Hold the Line
Once you have your plan in place and you’re taking action toward it, you have to hold the line.
A military phrase used by soldiers during warfare, holding the line entails unyielding defiance against pressure in challenging situations. So how does this relate to your self-improvement journey?
It’s very simple…
Self-improvement is hard. For this reason, most people don’t even bother with it. The pressure of discipline, commitment, and persistence tends to weigh the majority of people down.
It’s so easy to just coast and become complacent.
This fact is especially true in today’s society of overstimulation. That’s why once you’ve successfully completed the first two steps to start your self-improvement journey (take stock of where you are and develop a plan of attack), you must hold the line. When making improvements, results can oftentimes be slow to reveal themselves.
Lasting change takes time.
Consequently, you will have to stay consistent with your efforts until you’re able to experience those results. And how long should you hold the line? For as long as it takes. Depending on the goal, you may have to hold the line for months, years, or even decades.
There is no one-size-fits-all or tried-and-true answer for a goal’s time limit.
It’s entirely dependent on the particular outcome you want, the amount of work you put in, and your level of intensity. But I can say this much: As long as you persist, you will get there—maybe not immediately, but eventually.
Are You Ready to Begin Your Self-Improvement Journey?
Your self-improvement journey is uniquely yours. It begins with being honest about where you are, transitions into a plan of action, and ends with working your plan until you reach your desired outcome. If you need some assistance with getting started, be sure to check out my ebook to help you get the ball rolling!