One of the best ways to keep growing as a person is by focusing on self-improvement, and doing more for yourself on a regular basis. This might mean taking steps towards reaching a goal. Or simply adding a few things into your day that make you feel good, such as reading more often or learning something new.
While the idea of “self-improvement” can seem daunting, the good thing is it’s an ongoing process, and not so much about pressuring yourself, or meeting deadlines. In fact, “we oftentimes think that accomplishments lead to our happiness, but it simply isn’t true,” Julie Holmes, a New York City-based life coach, tells Bustle. “While you may feel good after an achievement, the feeling isn’t sustainable. It’s important to always be learning and growing in life for happiness that’s lasting.”
Once it’s become a habit, it’ll keep you from ever feeling stuck or bored, since you’ll always have an eye out for new and exciting ways to grow. And it doesn’t even matter what your goals are, as long as they’re moving you in a positive direction. To get started, consider some of the tips listed below, which experts say can get you started on the road to focusing on self-improvement, and maybe even reaching a few goals.
1. Imagine Yourself In The Future
One of the best places to start on the road to self-improvement is by envisioning your future self, and how you might like to feel years down the line. And from there, beginning to live life from that perspective, Holmes says.
So go ahead and imagine an ideal older self. What are they doing? How do they feel? What’s their daily routine look like? This can help you get a better idea of what “self-improvement” might look like, and the steps you can take to get there.
2. Figure out where to start
If you’re feeling goal-less, it can also help to think about the five areas that pretty much everyone needs to keep working on, which include “health, relationships, finances, career, and spirituality,” Holmes says. “Spirituality doesn’t need to mean religion or believing in anything particular, it can mean self-love — doing what you need to do to make yourself happy, instead of worrying about what everyone else thinks or needs.”
If any of these areas need a little attention, let it serve as a jumping off point. You might, for example, realize that your career could use a little attention, which may inspire you to look for ways to expand, and see what else there is to learn.