1. Cultivate a growth mindset. By shifting your attitude to one of constant renewal and growth, you recognize that life is a journey that never ends. The job of becoming the best version of you is one you have to work at every day of your life. A growth mindset keeps a positive focus on change and renewal, helping you continue to strive to learn and change over time.
2. Embrace your fear. Understanding what is causing you fear and doubt is the first step to eliminating it from your life. By embracing fear and even placing yourself in situations that have previously caused you to be afraid, you can learn how to overcome it head on and move forward with certainty and calm. Sometimes, we fear only those things we do not understand, so embracing it takes away the power fear holds over you.
3. Grow your resiliency. Your innate ability to overcome adversity is resilience, and it’s what helps you overcome problems and tackle obstacles head-on. Vowing to become more resilient, then actively working toward that goal, can allow you to become more self-confident and brave. Resiliency helps you feel confident to continue, even after a failure, as well.
4.Work on your body language. Because your body language is made of all the non-verbal cues you send to people about what you think, focusing on this can help you communicate more effectively. When your facial expressions and gestures convey different meanings than your words, you may find yourself often frustrated by your interactions with others. Focusing on your body language can help you develop your perseverance, confidence, and assertiveness in all kinds of situations.
5. Get up early. Early risers experience many benefits over those who sleep late. Those who wake early are more likely to make time for exercise in their daily routine, start their day off with goals set and priorities made, and manage their time better overall. This leads to increased productivity and reduced stress.
6. Practice mindfulness. Striving to be more mindful is an essential personal development goal. When you are mindful, you recognize the good in your life and can celebrate it. Mindfulness roots you in the present, not the past, which you cannot control. It also allows you to enjoy your life as you are living it, not just focus on the future.
7. Healthy relationships. Creating relationships with others, even in the face of differences, is an essential life skill. Work on relating to others through honesty, transparency, and kindness, and you will soon be getting along well. The goal is not to manipulate others but merely to have less conflict in your life, which inhibits your growth.
8. Read. Reading as much as you can is useful for increasing your knowledge, exposing you to new ideas and opinions, and helping you find solutions to your problems. Reading promotes happiness and satisfaction, and the new skills you develop from reading can help you achieve your personal goals.
9. Get your stress under control. Managing stress effectively is vital for your physical as well as your psychological health and well-being. Many of the activities you can do to lower your stress are beneficial in other ways, as well. But knowing your stress triggers and working toward eliminating those is an excellent self-care strategy for everyone.
10. Let go of limitations. When you limit yourself by your beliefs and fears, you can never achieve your goals. Ignore those self-imposed limitations and try new things, take new risks, and stumble in the process. By experiencing failure as well as success, you can grow and expand your skills as well as let go of the fear that may be controlling you.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.