The Greatest Thing About Self-Improvement 58

The Greatest Thing About Self-Improvement - Let's Reach Success

What comes to mind when you hear the word self-improvement? How do you feel about personal development?

Some people roll their eyes as this is not something they care about or have time for.

Others are big fans of the self-help industry. Not so much of taking action to actually improve and change your life, but the books, seminars, courses, affirmations, gurus, blogs, video tutorials, retreats, or else.

And then, there are those who are never satisfied with their life and who they are but who keep pushing, keep setting new goals, trying to change for the better, and putting too much effort into doing things the way professionals say they must be done.

But in its essence, self-improvement is the journey of life. It’s a never-ending learning experience, which we can either enjoy and become better at, slowly over time, or which we can completely ignore and never live up to our potential.

There’s also the chance of doing it wrong – going after things you don’t really want, never stopping to enjoy the present because of the things you need to achieve, being overwhelmed and stressed out, etc.

We get self-improvement wrong.

Because if we did understand it, we would love every second of it and would accept it as a process, a necessity, a part of life.

You can always strive for more. Some say you should, others say that this doesn’t let you appreciate what you already have and live life here, in the present moment.

What’s the truth?

The truth lies in an old Buddhist saying: “You are already perfect as you are, yet you can always be better.”
And in the worlds of Gertrude Stein: “There’s no there there.”

Accepting what is, working on improving things and creating a lifestyle you savor, and expecting the best to happen, seems to be the most enjoyable way to live life. And the path to both success and happiness.

What’s the greatest thing about self-improvement?

That’s it doesn’t matter which stage of your life you’re at, it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you know or how high you aim.

As long as you accept your current place, yourself and your path, you’re okay.

What’s the greatest thing about self-improvement?

That there will always be room for improvement. Even if you’re at the bottom, you can get better. Even if you’re at the top, you can make more positive changes and aim higher.

That’s comforting. That’s liberating.

We can imagine some end goal or destination if we feel more motivated to take action this way, but once we get there, we still need to accept it, smile about the road taken, and keep moving forward.

Life is a combination of two attitudes:

  • the zen way – accepting who you are, what is and what was, being present and knowing this is already perfect just the way it is;
  • and the success-driven mindset – wanting to unleash more of your potential, to get better, to learn new things, to gain more experience, to achieve new goals.

Self-improvement makes you feel alive, while at the same time lets you feel the abundance around you and smile for what is.

If you haven’t already fallen in love with self-improvement, you’re missing out on a lot.

We’re all addicted to something, we’re all using something to fill the imaginary void inside.

The behavior we choose to do to find comfort can be good or bad.

And from what I’ve seen, self-improvement seems to be the best thing to get addicted to.

PS, this post was inspired by Mark Manson’s article You’re Okay

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.