Activities for Self-Improvement
We tend to look up to people, which is a normal part of human nature and healthy to an extent. However, you have to watch not to fall into a terrible trap of idolizing others while you wallow in your inability to achieve unrealistic goals. The key to successful self-improvement is striving to become the best version of yourself. In order to achieve this, you have to turn inward and start working on mending those cracks that make you weaker (but keep in mind the fact that some cracks make you beautiful). If you are eager to embark on this journey, here are some activities for self-improvement that can really help you along the way.
The most important thing is to act! This is a sort of preamble to the real recommended activities but it has to be addressed for one simple reason. Most of you, if not all of you, already know each of these tips and activities by heart. Somebody has already imparted such simple wisdom on you along the way and you are familiar with the fact that they lead to self-improvement. However, the majority of people tend not to act them out. Get up and act! Don’t let life happen to you, it has to go the other way around!
Perfectionism is a killer
When you read or watch the interviews of extremely successful people, what’s the one thing they all have in common when they’re asked about their road to success? They have all made terrible mistakes, and sometimes these mistakes teetered on the verge of utter disaster. The one piece of advice they always give is “don’t be afraid to make mistakes”. This means that perfectionism has to be taken out of the equation. In fact, one would not be mistaken to characterize perfectionism as the killer of self-improvement. Not one person came into this world as an expert in anything, not even those rare prodigies so you cannot expect yourself to become one at the first go. Always aim to complete tasks to the best of your abilities, and, what’s even more important, learn from your mistakes!
Go out of your comfort zone
It is easy to fall into a daily routine. Weeks start to blend together into a blur of identical obligations. Your life starts to resemble a fabricated product, straight off the assembly line at some infernal lifestyle factory. The key to self-improvement is to get out of your comfort zone. What characterizes true intellectuals is not the IQ or education but the fact that they are open-minded and always prepared to throw themselves into a fire of unfamiliarity.
Do something you have never done before. If you don’t know how to draw, enlist yourself on a crash course of creative drawing and painting. Get out of your home every day without any pre-planned activities. Surprise yourself (and possibly your friends) with something completely out of the box. Equip yourself with the best equipment from the camping store, venture out into the countryside near your hometown or the city, and spend the weekend hiking through the woods, preparing your own meals and sleeping in the makeshift camp. You can also bring your friends along and have the bonding experience of a lifetime.
Stay mobile, stay friendly
Going on unpredictable adventures with friends is actually a simple yet crucial aspect of self-improvement – to put it bluntly, you have to stay mobile and stay friendly.
If you want your brain to develop properly and retain reasonable neuroplasticity throughout your life, you have to continue exercising. Movement is the essence of life. And the more you move, the better you’ll be for it every step of the way. Don’t miss your day at the gym if you feel a bit down. An hour of vigorous exercise is bound to put happiness hormones into your bloodstream and make your day better. As your motor functions become better, the connection between the body and the mind become stronger and you will get better circulation in your brain. You will be more focused and better at problem-solving.
Try walking, biking or hiking
However, exercising is not strictly about going to the gym. Simple walking, biking or hiking are just as viable physical activities. They can help you stay fit. And if you surround yourself with the right people, these activities can be an excellent exercise for your brain too. There’s nothing that helps with self-improvement quite the same as a solid “walk and talk” with your good friends. Now, this is the crucial part – surround yourself with positive people. It can be hard to let the long-time friends go, but if you feel they are sucking you dry of energy, they will only be a hindrance to your life and your self-improving aspiration.
At the end of the day, what you’ve personally achieved in terms of self-improvement will be so much more valuable than what you could have done with someone’s help. Remember, it is not about achieving a specific goal, it is all about the journey. There are always the weak spots, parts of you that can be improved; as one aspect becomes better, another will appear frailer. No matter what happens, the key to self-improvement is to never give up and never stop bettering yourself.
About the Author
Isabel William is Consultant by day and a Blogger by night. Mom to twins 24/7, and from recently editor on Health&Mental Health on Ripped.me. Her area of interests are well being, mental health, self-improvement as well as the beauty of millennial transitions in all aspect of life—especially self-awareness.