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42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself

  1. Read a book every day. Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to.
  2. Learn a new language. The process of becoming acquainted with a new language and culture is a mind-opening experience.
  3. Pick up a new hobby. Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.
  4. Take up a new course. Courses are a great way to gain new knowledge and skills.
  5. Create an inspirational room. Your environment sets the mood and tone for you.
  6. Overcome your fears. Recognize that your fears reflect areas where you can grow.
  7. Level up your skills. If you have played video games before especially RPGs, you’ll know the concept of leveling up -- gaining experience so you can be better and stronger.
  8. Wake up early. Waking up early has been acknowledged by many as a way to improve your productivity and your quality of life.
  9. Have a weekly exercise routine. A better you starts with being in better physical shape.
  10. Start your life handbook. This is a book which contains the essentials on how you can live your life to the fullest, such as your purpose, your values and goals.
  11. Write a letter to your future self. Start working to become the person you want to open that letter.
  12. Get out of your comfort zone. Real growth comes with hard work and sweat.
  13. Put someone up to a challenge. Competition is one of the best ways to grow.
  14. Identify your blind spots. Discovering our blind spots help you discover your areas which need improvement.
  15. Ask for feedback. Asking for feedback gives us an additional perspective.
  16. Stay focused with to-do lists. This will help you stay focused.
  17. Set Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs). BHAGs stretch you beyond your normal capacity since they are big and audacious.
  18. Acknowledge your flaws. Everyone has flaws. What’s most important is to understand them, acknowledge them, and address them.
  19. Get into action. The best way to learn and improve is to take action.
  20. Learn from people who inspire you. What are the qualities in them you want to have for yourself? How can you acquire these qualities?
  21. Quit a bad habit. Are there any bad habits you can lose? Oversleeping? Not exercising? Being late? Slouching? Nail biting? Smoking?
  22. Cultivate a new habit. Some good new habits to cultivate include reading books (#1), waking up early (#8), exercising (#9), reading a new personal development article a day (#40) and meditating.
  23. Avoid negative people. Don’t spend too much of your time around them if you feel they drag you down.
  24. Learn to deal with difficult people. People management skills will go a long way.
  25. Learn from your friends. Try thinking of a good friend right now. Think about just one quality they have which you want to adopt.
  26. Start a journal. Journaling is a great way to gain better self-awareness.
  27. Start a blog about personal development. To help others grow, you need to first be walking the walk.
  28. Get a mentor or coach. There’s no faster way to improve than to have someone work with you on your goals.
  29. Reduce the time you spend on chat programs. This time can be much better spent on other activities.
  30. Learn chess (or any strategy game). Not only do you have fun, you also get to exercise your analytical skills.
  31. Stop watching TV. The time can be constructively used for other purposes, such as connecting with close friends, doing work you enjoy, exercising, etc.
  32. Start a 30-day challenge. Set a goal and give yourself 30 days to achieve this.
  33. Meditate. Meditation helps to calm you and makes you more conscious.
  34. Join Toastmasters (Learn public speaking). Public speaking is the #1 fear in the world, with #2 being death.
  35. Befriend top people in their fields. Gain new insights from them on how you can improve and achieve the same results for yourself.
  36. Let go of the past. Holding on prevents you from moving on and becoming a better person.
  37. Start a business venture. Starting a new venture requires you to be learn business management skills, develop business acumen and have a competitive edge.
  38. Show kindness to people around you. You can never be too kind.
  39. Reach out to the people who hate you. Being able to forgive, let go and show love to these people requires magnanimity and an open heart.
  40. Take a break. Self-improvement is also about recognizing your need to take a break to walk the longer mile ahead.
  41. Read at least 1 personal development article a day. There are many terrific personal development blogs out there.
  42. Commit to your personal growth. Make the decision to commit to your personal growth and embrace yourself to a life-long journey of growth and change.
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