Epictetus said he liked to monitor his self-improvement daily, while others had different things they want to tend to.
Most people tend to their social media, likes, emails, and trivial issues of the day. But, if you want to improve your life — relationships, career, earnings, happiness — you need to treat your self-improvement as a priority. It affects all that you do.
Self-improvement is essential to anyone who wants to grow in their life. Anyone seeking to become more in life. Whether in their job, their roles at home, or in their community.
Self-improvement is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly and should be tended to by us all.
Here are some ways to jump-start your self-improvement:
Reading is the quickest way of improving one’s thoughts. I would challenge anyone to find a more effective way to personal growth or provides a higher return on investment.
Why do we read? To LEARN how to live.
However, the way you want to learn to live, there has been a book written about it or by someone who has faced the same challenges.
Want to start a business? What to endure hard times? Want to know how to grow better, more colorful flowers. Change your diet? Become more productive?
Whatever goal or vision, or pursuit you have, there is a book that will help guide you through this, IF you’re willing to sit down and read.
Find time. Start with something you like. Read good books. Devour great writers. Never stop reading.
Journaling is a powerful way to work through your struggles, write down your goals for the future, and to capture the present life that you are living.
You can ask more profound questions about yourself, your worries, and your stresses in life through journaling. If you want improvement, you need self-awareness. Self-awareness to ask yourself difficult questions.
The questions that will help you improve. The questions you are currently afraid to ask.
What habits should I quit immediately? What improvement would get me closer to my goals, even if it would take work? What change, within, is necessary for me to achieve who I want to become.
Journaling is a powerful way to grow from the past, record who we are and want to be, and set up plans for our future. It’s a story for you, written by you.
As Zeno said, “Well-being is realized by small steps, but is truly no small thing.”
Make it a goal, every day, to collect one new item of wisdom in your life. Books, podcasts, conversations, email newsletters — the number of sources for this goal is never short.
Be willing to look around and be mindful of where wisdom is and can be collected. Wisdom is like compound interest. It builds over time if you are willing to invest.
Wisdom is the most powerful part of your self-improvement journey.
Some ideas for collecting wisdom:
- Read one great piece of wisdom every day.
- Keep a commonplace book or journal of ideas, antidotes, and quotes you like.
- When you hear something you like, write it down, keep it, and immediately apply it to your life.
Wisdom is something we should all be collecting. It’s more valuable than money or time, or memories.
Self-improvement should be a long-term plan for anyone seeking a beautiful life. It takes some work. It’s not always easy. We could do other things with our time that, quite frankly, are generally more fun.
However, in the end, the way to a more beautiful life is typically the more challenging road.