Self Improvement Ideas
Implementing these self improvement ideas will enhance your ability to make positive changes in your life as well as increasing your overall happiness.
Become an Optimist
One of the best self improvement ideas I can recommend is to become an optimist. Doing this will greatly increase the quality of your life. Optimism and pessimism are just mindsets, a predisposition to focus on either the positive or the negative of a situation. The classic question is whether the glass is half empty or half full. Your answer doesn't change the reality of the glass, it just frames it in either the positive or the negative.
You really have full control over your focus. If you protest and say you're just have an innate predisposition towards pessimism you can't do anything about, I'd say that you're just giving away your responsibility for your focus.
Every moment you have the choice of where to focus your attention. Right now you could become aware of your breathing pattern, the way your body feels against your chair, the temperature in the room, etc. By mentioning those things you probably became aware of them. There are always positive and negative aspects in every situation.
You could look at situation and find things that are good and things that are bad. Optimism is just a habit of focusing your attention on the positive aspects of the situation, and learning optimism just takes practice. Start consciously noticing your thoughts and deliberately choose to see the good everywhere you look.
One key distinction- I am not recommending that you pretend that negative things never happen in your life. When something bad happens, acknowledge it, do what you can to resolve or deal with it and in that process focus on the good that will come from your taking positive action. Focus on how you can learn from the situation, how you can become stronger or better by resolving the situation.
Decide What You Want
Deciding what you really want is critical for self improvement. Ideas about who you should be and what you really want should come from within yourself. It is easy to fall into the trap of trying to become what others think you should be.
We are constantly bombarded by advertisers and peers with images and ideals of who we should be or what we should want in life. Using these external images as the basis for your self improvement ideas usually will lead to dissatisfaction and emptiness.
In deciding what improvements you want to make in your life, look internally at what you really enjoy doing, what gets you fired up and passionate, and use that as your starting point. Trust your internal feelings rather than the external influences in your life. Don't live your life for other people, doing what is expected of you while sacrificing your own desires. Instead find what really feels good and right for you, then go after it.
Learn the Art of Letting Go
This may seem to contradict the previous idea, but these two self improvement ideas can work hand in hand. After you have decided what it is that you really want, let go of the feeling of needing it. Instead visualize having or being what you really want. Focus on the evidence that supports your desire, let yourself feel like it is coming in. Let go of the need to force it to happen.
Take action but let go of the pushing or making. The more relaxed you are, the less you need the result, you allow more opportunities for it to happen. Decide what you want and then learn to let go of your resistance.
Using one or more of these self improvement ideas can give you an edge in gaining motivation and increases your chances of making your goals a reality.