Focusing on self-improvement can present many opportunities in your life. But in order for things to change in your life, in order to get where you want to be, you have to grow into the person who is ready for that change. Personal development is vital to your success. It involves making deliberate decision to become a better version of yourself. This involves investing your full concentration on what matters to you most. Your goal being to maximize your return on your time and energy. If you are spending time chasing projects, people, social events, careers, goals, that do not necessarily bring you happiness and fulfillment and do not add value to you in your career, character, or relationships – give them up; they were probably not the right vision for you.
Here are three specific ways focusing on self-improvement can change your life:
- It presents you with new opportunities.
Growth in yourself eventually leads you to new opportunities, opportunities that don’t come about until you grow into the person who is ready for them. All you have to do is focus on self-improvement—start by reading personal development articles, books, blogs—and implement the things you learn into your own life.
- It increases your self-esteem to new levels.
Self-confidence is ultimately the starting point to following your dreams—you have to believe in yourself and your dreams enough to go after them. As you grow, you’re building up that mindset, that belief.
When I exposed myself to my very first personal development book — 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey—that’s when my self-esteem started rising, when I really started to believe in myself and my goals. Reading success books was what pushed me to grow, to change, the motivation behind my goals.
- It can help you become a better version of yourself.
Becoming a better version of yourself is the main goal of self-improvement—to improve in your job, your business, your relationships, etc. Whatever area of your life you’re working on, that’s part of growing as a person. You have to constantly look at what you can improve and have the awareness to know what needs to be done to do it.
The most effective way of finding out how to get better is to ask the people around you to make a list of what you’re best at and where you could make improvements. Take the list of improvements and work on them one by one.
All the above benefits of self-improvement cannot come out of the blue until you make a deliberate decision to become better. One way of creating opportunities for yourself to become better is by simplifying your lifestyle. If you simplify your life, you will find the time and space to respond to what is important to you in life.
The following are some ideas for simplifying your life:
- Reduce time invested in running errands. Your goal is to invest your time into what is of most benefit to you. How much time do you think you invest into running errands every week? There are reasonable solutions.
- Automate your administrative and financial tasks if you can within your area.
- Utilize free reminder services that are ever available, even on your mobile devices.
- Eliminate any routine commitments, volunteer committees, promises, projects, and activities that are not priorities in your life. If you are not passionate about it, don’t do it. Your goal is to free up space so you can focus on what matter to you most.
- Eliminate people in your life who drain you of energy. If you have friends who are not growing you and giving you energy, dismiss them from your social calendar.
- Order as many products on-line as possible. Almost anything today, including your groceries can be ordered from your desk and delivered to your home.
- Delegate as many simple tasks as possible – especially those that require little or no skills.
The goal is to be living your life to the fullest, enjoying your lifestyle rather than chasing a lifestyle.
The key question is, does your lifestyle enhance your life, or do you spend all your time absorbed in enhancing your lifestyle? Ask yourself, what changes do I need to make to simplify my life so can enjoy a rewarding lifestyle and improve on myself – or become a better version of myself?
QUESTION FOR THOUGHT:
What areas of self-improvement are you working on, and how has it changed your life?