Self Improvement Techniques that Work
Using self improvement techniques can help you find more self motivation and get you to the next level. Here are the top techniques that have worked well for me.
Read Something New
I love to read, and one of my favorite self improvement techniques is to every so often pick up a book that is outside my normal reading habits. I typically read a lot of psychology and self improvement books, but find that reading books in other areas really helps to broaden my perspective and give me new insights.
Sometimes I’ll pick up a more science oriented book, other times I’ll go with a good fiction or biography book. It's interesting how concepts from seemingly unrelated books can converge to give a new understanding of an idea. Reading a variety of books can help to broaden your perspective and can lead to a greater understanding of the world.
Meditation is a fascinating thing for me, one of the more recent self improvement techniques I’ve explored. It has helped me to realize how unfocused my mind is much of the time, and how little control I have over much of my thinking.
I have been using simple techniques such as paying attention to breathing as well as listening to some guided meditations. While I’m still exploring the best meditation technique for me, I do find it very helpful to clear my mind and de-stress after a day at work.
Exercise & Diet
I know that I always feel much better when I’m in a good exercise habit and eating better. I have experimented with a few different exercise techniques and diets until I found what works well for me. I don’t think there is one ideal diet or exercise pattern that works for everyone, rather I would recommend that you explore on your own what feels the best for you, what gives you the best results.
For myself I have found that incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies and cutting out refined sugars have had the biggest impact on how I feel, the more consistent I am the better I do. Experiment, but don’t lock yourself into something you don’t really like as your self motivation to continue will probably wane.
One of the more interesting self improvement techniques I use is trying something completely new or different for a limited time period. It’s a way for me to test the efficacy of certain ideas or concepts, to see if they make a difference in my life.
For example I did a 1 month media fast where I cut all T.V. access, news reading, movies, and greatly limited my internet usage (only did essential tasks online, cut out the idle web surfing). It was an amazing experience, and while I decided to relax back into the mainstream, I found that I have since then greatly reduced things like watching T.V. and movies.
I would highly recommend picking one or two things to experiment with on your own to see how it works out for you. An additional benefit besides exploring a personal experiment is you also have a chance to develop some self discipline. You'll find that it is possible for you to accomplish seemingly difficult things if you really put you mind to it.
Using these self improvement techniques have made a significant difference in my life, though helping me improve my health and finding new and better ideas for living my life.
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