3 Tips That Will Change Your Life
Author and inspirational speaker John C. Maxwell said, “You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.” When I think of self-improvement, I think about improving my mind, body, emotions, career, and relationships. We can improve these areas of our lives by learning to implement principles, patterns, skills, and practices that mold us into the best versions of ourselves.
Without growth, our lives are stagnant. Many people are content sitting on the sidelines of life, but some want more. If you want to improve yourself and your life, you can rest assured that you have the power. Here are three self-improvement tips to help you get started.
The first tip is easier said than done for many people, but it is absolutely vital. Personally, I would like to look as good and act as cool as Ryan Gosling, but that’s not who I am. I’m me, and that’s OK. When I love and accept myself, it gives me the power to do amazing things that even Ryan Gosling can’t do. I may not be as ravishing or as talented at acting as Ryan, but my creative mind and imaginative writing skills make me a unique, impressive individual, nonetheless. It gets easier and easier to love yourself once you advance in your journey of self-improvement. For me, I see the evidence with my own eyes when I create a story and think, “Wow, that’s an awesome story. I can really do it.” I’m sure Ryan could write a great story if he set his mind to it, but it wouldn’t be the same story that I wrote.
EXERCISE & EAT BETTER
For many years of my life, I was physically inactive. I played sports as a child, but I quit during high school and didn’t get regular exercise for many years. I never really understood why people loved it so much until I finally made it a routine.
It’s scientifically proven that breaking a sweat is good for your mental health, but it goes deeper than that too. With time, the discomfort of exercise does become thrilling and releases endorphins, which improves your mood. But let’s not beat around the bush, running a mile is a little uncomfortable in the beginning. If you develop the discipline needed to put your body through this, I believe you can do the same for any other task. Exercise is an amazing self-improvement activity because the formula can be applied to anything in life: Work hard, sacrifice time and energy, and visibly see the results of your growth (whether it be losing weight or getting awesome abs). I won’t spend time lecturing you on your diet, but the same concept can be applied to reducing the unhealthy foods you eat.
CHANGE YOUR HABITS
Humans are creatures of habit. We love to follow the same routines every day. This makes us feel “in control” and makes life feel easier. Unfortunately, it also makes us complacent and afraid of change. The problem is, life doesn’t care about your routine.
I’ll never forget the first film shoot I took part in – the director asked if I was OK with staying on-site for two weeks and bunking with a group of people I’d never met before. The shoot was close to home, so I desperately wanted to reject the offer. My cozy bed and the support of my family sounded much comfier.
As I worked alongside these talented strangers, I quickly fell in love with their passion. Instead of spending my nights following the same old routine, I got to know actors, writers, directors, producers, and editors. I absorbed everything I could from them and developed close relationships with them. If I had gone home every night, I would have missed out on so many incredible experiences that have made me the person I am today. Even if I hadn’t learned a single thing about filmmaking on that shoot (a big “if”), I would still have gotten comfortable stepping out of the usual routine. This experience, alone, is an essential part of growth.
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