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How to improve yourself: A guide to self-improvement

You could be failing in certain areas, and you might discover that the expression ““I woke up today and find I don’t have what it takes to be average” might imply various things to different individuals. This is because different people have different skill sets and different experiences. It’s possible that you believe you are either below or above average. What are some ways in which you may better yourself regardless of where you are in life?

A Challenge

This is something that you could find useful; please have a look. You should send a letter or an email to a lot of the people you come in contact with. Don’t worry about whether or not they are someone you may perhaps “get along with” or “like.” They are a resource that may be used regardless of whether a favorable or negative response is anticipated from the audience. Say something along these lines – (remember that you are an individual and that you may modify this to fit what you are most at ease with):

“I am working on improving myself. I’d understand that you may or may not know where I’m at – at the present time.  What I would appreciate would be your input in any of the following areas:

  • My attitude
  • How you see my holding up under pressure
  • Whether my current situation suits me
  • An honest critique

You might just ask the recipient of your correspondence for their sincere feedback and then wait for them to answer with their interpretation of what they should do with the information. It may be a wake-up call for you, but it is undeniably something from which you may gain knowledge. An aid for one’s own personal development. But it may also be somewhat unnerving, depending on what you think about it. Think of it as a steep learning curve. Do not ignore any comment, positive or bad, since it may provide you with the answer you have been seeking all along.

While many talk about being positive – (it has its place)  often it may not engender change.  Grasp any type of feedback with both hands!

Make up a personal inventory. Your strengths and weaknesses. Where you need work and use your critique as an advancement in that.

Don’t be discouraged

You are “you” and not someone else — so don’t compare. Whether it be your outward look, the traits you possess, or the talents you possess. Take stock of the situation you find yourself in right now. You have a deeper well of knowledge than you realise. You have experiences no one else has. I think that God gives each person unique abilities; what matters is how they choose to use those gifts. I have not come across anyone who begins their journey from Zero Point. Even something terrible may be turned around to benefit other people.

Remember that you have grown as a person thanks to the experiences you’ve had despite the decisions you’ve made in your life. Knowledge that will assist you in making selections in the future comes from making choices.

What should I put for areas of growth?

When it comes to identifying areas for growth, it can be helpful to consider both your personal and professional development. Here are some things to keep in mind as you reflect on areas for growth:

  • Think about what you want to achieve in the short-term and long-term.
  • Consider what skills you need to develop or improve in order to reach your goals.
  • Think about which areas of your life you would like to focus on for growth.
  • Identify any obstacles that might be holding you back from growth in specific areas.
  • Talk to others who might be able to offer insights or advice on areas for growth.
  • Finally, trust your instincts and go with your gut when it comes to identifying areas for growth.

TIPS on what you can improve

This list is no means exhaustive but you work it to include even more or change it.  Write the list somewhere you can refer to. Having it dated is a bonus – since you can see how much you have done. A down-side to looking at what you don’t know or haven’t achieved. Forget it!

Nobody knows everything, and nobody else could possibly have the same amount of “experience” as you do. Taking a proactive and constructive approach to this matter. Take one or two simple actions each and every day. The development of life skills is always possible! Wisdom is a blessing that should be prayed for, and it is comprised of knowledge and understanding.

Personal Development

This includes (but not limited to)

  • Communication –  This includes both verbal and written
  •  Relationships (Work on improvement and getting to really know yourself and other people)
  • Motivation (See what keeps you going
  • Planning and aims (Find out what suits you and have aims on how to get there)
  • Values (What your core beliefs are and how they fit your life and it’s mission)
  • Listening (This is seriously under-valued. I have not yet met the person who did not want to be listened to. This is a highly valuable skill. Consider pro-active listening)
  • Learning from other generations not just your peers. That is those older and younger than you. They are both very valuable resources. Once you learn you can be valuable at sharing what you know with others.

Practical skills

This includes (but not limited to)

  • Learning different apps – so you can help not only yourself but others as well
  • Health – Implementing lifestyle choices such as exercise and eating and learning the value in each
  • Learning to cook –  (This is so under-estimated – but it is a highly valuable skill)
  • Gardening – (A most productive and rewarding skill – and you get tomatoes!)
  • Crafts – There are so many valuable crafts available to do that you could be hard put to just limit them to a few!
  • Learn Public speaking ie Do some Facebook lives or You Tube. I’ve heard it said that your second go is never worse than your first go at it!  Speaking groups such as Toastmasters are also a place of value here.
  • Organizing  (Everyone has to organize something)

It takes time to create a change, which is exactly what self-improvement is. Although it may be difficult, you have the ability to bring about the change that will not only benefit yourself but also those around you. Maintain your concentration and make sure you regularly set out chunks of time for each aspect of your development that you are focusing on.

Regularly go back over it. Have a ‘buddy’ who will help you stay accountable, often known as an accountability partner. If you find that you are progressing more quickly than you had imagined, you might want to think about working with a specialised coach or a mentor.. Both have merit and help you “become a better you”.

Lastly, remember this. No matter how young, old, knowledgeable, shortcomings or what abilities you have – there is “RFI”. Room for Improvement. So go for it!

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