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How Do You Become A Better Version Of Yourself? 8 Steps You Can Take To Become Better

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There is a better version of me. I know there is. Everyone has one but it is easy to just ride the wave of good. You know, good, better, best? It’s comfortable being good.

We are not perfect human beings, nor do we have to pretend to be, but it is necessary for us to be the best version of ourselves we can be.

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I do not remember a time when I did not want to be better. I’m not sure I always recognized that I was good. This is probably true of most people.

What steps can we take to become the best version of ourselves?

  • Recognize where you are now. What are your strengths and weaknesses. Build on your strengths and look for ways to eliminate your weaknesses.
  • Make the commitment to change. I think about doing things all the time, like exercise. I think about it, I actually want to and I know I need to. Problem is I have not committed to doing it.
  • Develop a plan. Recognize where you are now and what you want to do. Determine what steps to take to achieve your goals. Then start acting on them.
  • Have a support system. Tell someone, a friend, your family, your coach or mentor. Discussing your plans and your progress makes it all real. You will benefit from their support and recognition.
  • Schedule a time every day to read. Even just 30 minutes a day will be beneficial. Reading is relaxing, it introduces us to new ideas and expands our minds.
  • Strive to exercise everyday. Exercise is so beneficial. It is relaxing, it helps us sleep better, makes us stronger mentally and physically. Experts say just 30 minutes a day will help us.
  • Determine a time frame to complete your goals. Make sure you are comfortable with it. Realize this should be realistic and flexible. It is important to choose a length of time that is not too short and not too long. If it is too short it may be too stressful and you will think it is unattainable and give up. If it is too long the tendency may be to approach it with an attitude of “it’s okay, I can work on this tomorrow”. With that approach you likely not achieve your plan.
  • Celebrate your successes. It is important to acknowledge that you were successful. It makes you feel great and it will reinforces your behavior. Celebrating is a great motivator.

Becoming a better version of yourself is an ongoing process. Develop a plan to get better and do everything you can to complete it knowing when you finish you will be better. Do Not Stop There. Continue to do all the things you were doing.

Life goes on and things change. There will always be reasons to grow, adapt and get better. Always strive to be the best version of yourself.

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As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a great day!

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Stronger Than Yesterday -Develop Your Plan

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”– James Dean

Everyone wants to be strong and we should always strive to be stronger in every aspect of our life. Stronger physically, mentality and emotionally.

So how do we do that ?

First do an inventory of you. How do you feel ? What bothers you ? Did you have a dream or dreams that you have put on the back burner or have you totally given up the idea of doing them ? How is your health, both physically and mentally ? Are you depressed ?

Is there something that happened in your life that you have not been able to accept, that really bothers you and you have not been able to bounce back from. Something that changes your outlook or makes you decide to do something different. Perhaps you decide to start a new career path or just add a new element to your life that makes it more meaningful.

Life throws us curves and some curves we are able to accept, or adapt to rather easily, and sometimes not so much. When that happens and you just can’t deal with it, or think you can’t, take some time to think about something you did before that helped you to move forward more easily. Write it down, what did you do that worked, and what didn’t. Can you implement those same tactics now.

To improve in any area of our life it is important to have a plan and set some goals. When you make a decision to do X, Y or Z, you need to be realistic.

Is the goal attainable ? Can you actually accomplish it ? Do you have the knowledge right now or are you physically able to do it. Is it something that will make you feel better, make you happy and overall improve your life?

Examples might be designing a web site. Do you have any knowledge or expertise to do it or will it require going to school to learn how, or will you have to hire someone to do it for you. Do you have the money to do that ?

Another example would be writing a blog like I am. Anyone can start a blog but do you have the writing skills for it to be successful ? Do you have the knowledge needed to understand how to promote the blog such as what the heck is SEO ? Answer: Search Engine Optimization. What and how is the best way to use it. I am just learning about all the ins and outs so trust me there is more than just writing involved.

How about Fitness ? The vast majority of people either are physically active or want to be. I have mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with exercise and I know there are many of you who feel the same way. If I do not have a plan or a major goal it is almost impossible for me to even start and then be consistent. I am going through that right now.

One thing that stops me, or I use as an excuse, is the proper way to do something. Like using hand held weights. Sure any one can pick up a weight but it is how you actually perform the movements that will give you the best results and also prevent injuries.

So yes, there is also a proper way to form your plan or set your goals. First realize that there really isn’t a perfect plan that exists that everyone can follow because everyone is different. My plan may not work for you and vice versa.

A plan should include a time frame. When do you need to complete your plan ? It creates in your mind the belief that what you are doing is important, you really want to do it and it moves you forward into the action needed to actually execute your plan.

It should be straight forward. When your read your plan does it actually show exactly what it is you truly want to accomplish ? Does it make sense ? If someone else reads it will they be able to understand your intent?

When reading your plan does it motivate you to follow through ? The reason you want to complete your plan must be written in such a way that when you read it you will want to take the action needed to achieve your goals.

Do you have an easily understood action plan ? You should be able to look at your plan and understand the steps you have to take to reach your goals. What is step number one, step number two and so on.

Be flexible when putting your plan into action. You may come to realize that something just is not working and you have to eliminate that portion and possibly introduce something else that will be more effective. It is important that you and your plan is adaptable.

If you research goal setting on the internet you will see the term Smart Goals. I have seen that reference several times and it is a good format to follow. Here is one example:
https://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/smart-goals/

I strongly believe we should always have a plan for self improvement.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to Fail” Benjamin Franklin

If we do not constantly evaluate and adjust our way of thinking we limit ourselves greatly. We become stagnant. It is important at any time in our lives and I believe the sooner in life we come to realize this the better, the more fulfilled and enjoyable our lives will be.

When I look back at my life I often wonder what the heck was I thinking ? Why did I do this and why didn’t I do that ? If only. I do not know statistically how many of us just sort of float through life but I think the percentages are high, much higher than they should be. Why is that ? We do not plan, we take things for granted, we do not have high expectations. We should.

I have come to this point in my life where the possibility of dying is more possible than not. There is still so much I want to do. None of us, at any time in our life, knows how much longer we have; there are no guarantees. I have a plan to do as much as I can now but I wish I had made a plan for my life when I was 20, 30 or 40.

We place limitations on ourselves, knowingly or unknowingly. Our tendency is just to think everything will work out. Please do not do that. No matter what age you are make a plan. Do not limit yourself. Dream. How can you improve ? Read and then read some more. Take a class. Learn another language and how to play a musical instrument. Laugh, smile and share. Think about yourself and your family and friends but also think about others. Help yourself and do something to help someone else.

Make your plan and be stronger today then you were yesterday. Live well and Prosper.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”– James Dean

As always, Thank You for reading my blog. Have a wonderful day.