In a lot of my travels, I’ve come across people who have voiced the same complaint.

“I feel like I’m in a rut.”
“I don’t like who I am.”
“I don’t know how to change.”

These statements are often followed by the question: “What can I do to be better?”

When I try to list off a few examples of self-improvement activities, it’s often met with complaints like these:

“I don’t have time for that.”
“That requires money I don’t have.”
“I think that’s too hard for me.”

Often, the enemy is indeed time, resources, or capability–this is true. The more common case is that the enemy is the mindset you presently have. While understanding that you may want to change is a crucial step, what you do afterwards is what will set you apart from those who know they have a problem but do nothing about it. Today, let me share with you some pretty practical self-improvement activities:

Wake Up Early

This is one of the simplest ways you can start your self-improvement. If you feel you don’t have enough time in a day with your usual routine, make more time. A lot of people overlook the fact that committing to an early wake up routine takes strength. Keeping hold on your mindset of wanting to change and sticking to an early wake up call in a good way to keep your positive trend consistent.

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Knowledge is indeed power. Arming yourself with this is crucial if you want to be in a better you than you presently are. Broadening one’s mind has always been effective in changing the way we perceive and react to things. A shared concern by a lot of people is that they are presently dissatisfied with the ideas they hold at the moment. There is always the fear of missing out or knowing less than others. A common response is to settle and fester.

When you push beyond what you know now and entertain new ideas (not necessarily accepting them) is an astounding way to improve yourself. Being able to mull new concepts over and deciding for yourself if they’re worth making a part of you is an enjoyable exercise that will empower you completely.

Identify and Stop A Bad Habit 

When you truly want to better yourself, it is important to have a strong idea of what you want to change and what you need to change.

It’s best to really take a good hard look at yourself, warts and all.

Do you watch too much television? Are you spending too much time on social media? Are you eating too much junk food? Do you stay up too late? These are all habits that many of us have been guilty of but weren’t really aware were keeping us from pursuing different paths or from truly exploring our better potentials.

When you locate a bad habit, it’s best to enact clear steps to nip it post haste. When you rid yourself of something that’s been holding you back, you’ll have a better shot at finding out what you can truly make of yourself.

Remember, if you truly want to change–the sooner you start, the sooner you lay the foundation to a better you.

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