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10 Powerful Self-Improvement Tips

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There are those women who seem to have had it all planned out – what they wanted to do, how they wanted to do it, when they wanted it done by. Then there are ladies like us, who for some reason or another apparently missed the memo.

10 Powerful Self-Improvement Tips

I dreamed of doing so many things when I was young – dancing salsa, speaking ten languages, flying a plane, adopting a panda. And it’s not like these are impossible goals (well, except for the panda). I just never had the drive to chase any of them. I think it’s time to change that. If you’ve made a personal vow to get your bum off that chair and better yourself for the sake of yourself and society, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

Make a commitment. Most people are afraid of commitment, but what’s a vow without one? Dedicating yourself to making a change is half the battle.

Cultivate new habits. Wake up ten minutes earlier, go eco-friendly when shopping, make a daily Top 5 to-do list, and take the stairs. Make sure this new set of habits includes the kind that are good for you.

Alternatively, get rid of the bad ones. Quit smoking, biting your nails, procrastinating, making snide comments, and everything else that’s evil.

Give yourself a timeline. A month is roughly enough time for you to plan how things will go. It’s also enough time to follow through with the plan. Once you’ve made it through 21 days with your new routine, it will become a habit.

Publish a blog or journal. Here’s a novel idea. Writing in a journal will help you keep track of your progress and your cheat days. I find that blogs open to the public receive loads of positive feedback and encouragement. If you do decide to make your efforts public, don’t mind the haters. Just carry on.

Once you’ve made it through 21 days with your new routine, it will become a habit.

These suggestions form the foundation you’ll need to keep yourself focused. Here’s another list of things you can try to improve your marketability.

Read. If textbooks, newspapers and journals bore you to sleep, explore the alternatives. News blogs, op-eds, and social media offer interesting ways to keep yourself informed of what’s currently happening. It also gives you tidbits of information that you can use as conversation starters.

10 Powerful Self-Improvement Tips

Exercise. Few things are better for your mood, sex drive, energy and brain than regular exercise. Figure out what you enjoy, whether it’s riding around on your bicycle, spin class, lifting weights, yoga or pilates, and do it for an hour three times per week. It’s an investment in your health and happiness.

Study another language. Sure, you may know English and belong to the biggest country that speaks it, but how do you think you’ll communicate with locals when you’re on a trip abroad? Try learning Spanish, Bahasa, Mandarin, or French. Learning a new language teaches you perseverance. It also sharpens your memory, especially when it comes to vocabulary and syntax. Lastly, it teaches you to think critically about what you say before you say it.

Learning a new language teaches you perseverance and helps sharpen your memory.

Develop an attitude. A good one, that is. Try being nice to everyone – and by everyone, I mean all other people outside your work zone and circle of loved ones. Always carry a smile on your face and be courteous to others, especially towards the elderly. Nobody likes being treated badly. Mind your manners and speak with respect, because even bitches hate bitches.

10 Powerful Self-Improvement Tips

Learn how to cook. If you already know how, then learn to do it well! Check out episodes on the Food Network; they can inspire you. You’ll eventually be known by your friends’ children as that awesome aunt who makes the meanest parfaits. Then you can throw saucy dinners, lunches, and brunches at your place. You will soon discover the rewards of cooking. It’s a hobby, a way to stay healthy, something to show off at dinner parties, and a refuge when things get messy at work and at school.

You are already a masterpiece to begin with. You’ve made it this far in your career and relationships, but there’s always room for more, don’t you think? Everyone always stands to benefit from some self-improvement.

What are some ways you’d like to improve yourself, and how do you plan to go about doing it? 

Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

27 Comments

  1. Kimberly Vigil

    Well said Angela. This post is so insightful and inspiring. It confirmed everything I already knew. I have to agree! we should broaden our expertise. I will definitely carry this with me in my heart, , looking forward to more inspiration. 🙂

  2. Jenny Garett

    Very good listed advice, I am definitely going to do this!
    Thank you for such a well written piece.

  3. Esther Earl Harris

    great advice, very practical and useful. Everyone should read this.

  4. Louise Stone

    I wish it wasn’t too late for me to follow your wonderful advice. 🙂

  5. Hazel Collins

    This has shed some light on the matter for me definitely and I intend to use this. Your thoughts will help me grow myself. I strongly believe a great way to improve one’s self is to read what’s someone other than yourselves mind. I like this list, and this site too. I will stay tuned for more interesting posts!

  6. Heather Strobel

    Wow. You article is a huge eye opener not just for me but for everyone who’ll be reading it. 🙂

  7. Helen Dark

    This is good one to read all topic for Self-improvement. I really loved reading through this. I’m going through a change in my life right now and reading your article helps me a lot on what I need to improve in my life. If one will follow the points mentioned above then it will prove helpful in life. Thank you so much for writing this.

    xoxo
    helen

  8. Merry Robinson

    This is a FABULOUS list. It includes some ideas I’ve never thought of–which is always helpful. I constantly struggle with tuning out negativity and remembering all of the great things i am and can be. I really appreciate your article and i am going to live your experience. Thanks a lot.

  9. Grace Stirling

    i think im going to try this and see how it works,good luck to myself. 😀

  10. Rosemary Robles

    Well done a very simple and concise post. I can’t quite remember how I stumbled on this site but I am glad I did. For me, living fearless might help a person in improving his or her self. I don’t know if i can do the last one, but i can do the rest. (lol)
    Very useful and brilliant list!

  11. Lela House

    I always try to be nice to each and every person I come in contact with and if they just insist on being a’holes then I avoid them as best as I can.

  12. Elsie Spurlock

    some very awesome tips, i especially like the one with cultivating new habits.

  13. Cornelia Green

    Great post, Angela! I think being committed applies to everyone, not just in relationship.

  14. Ashley Moore

    Wow, what a great set of ideas. I’ll have to bookmark this post and come back to it the next time i’m in need of inspiration. 🙂

  15. The hardest step is always the first one, because it’s getting out of your comfort zone. But once you’re out there, you will start to feel the rush of excitement and accomplishment. And that will help you through the process.

  16. I’m going to do the “study another language” one first – I really want to learn Spanish… now I just have to find the time…

  17. Hannah Mayers

    Great ideas! But I will focus on learning how to cook. And when I say learning how to cook, I will do it wholeheartedly. I will not just aim for cooking “edible” food LOL, but I will aim to cook food that is truly delicious and will leave a mark to every taster 🙂

    …. I’m doing this soon!

  18. Courtney Watson

    Read, exercise and fall in love! That’s how I “holistically” improve myself. 

    With reading I get to improve the intellectual aspect of myself.

    With exercise, the physical aspect of myself is on focus.

    And… with falling in love, I get to improve the social and emotional aspect!

    Everyday, I get to see the “better me!”

  19. These are excellent suggestions. I've been meaning to learn how to cook, though it can be hard in a dorm kitchen. The faulty stove and tiny shared fridge can only spice things up!

  20. All of these tips are great! Learning a new language is rewarding (I definitely will be practicing my French at work soon ;)) Also going to new places is a great way towards self-improvement. When you discover new places,it opens your perspectives and makes you more worldly.

  21. Jen Spillane

    Love this article! I especially appreciate the point about developing an attitude, as that alone can spur on a multitude of other positive changes in one's life. I'm going to work on making a commitment: writing out a list of goals and setting a timeline to keep myself accountable.

  22. I remember I started a blog last summer and haven’t touched it since then/ It’s time to re-open that any try to come up for new ideas for that. Blogging is a good way of self-expression and especially since most of my posts were on poetry.

  23. Great ideas! I've been meaning to learn Spanish for some time now… has anyone tried using Duolingo?

  24. Jen Garcia

    The hardest step is always the first one, because it's getting out of your comfort zone. But once you're out there, you will start to feel the rush of excitement and accomplishment. And that will help you through the process.

  25. Sandra Brown

    Challenge yourself to experience more joy, happiness and purely loving relationships. There are no impossibilities, if we aren’t holding onto limitations. Why not decide that you can do this too !

  26. Gabrielle Williams

    I began examining my life in greater detail, I realized that by developing a positive attitude was the first and most essential way of having a fulfilling and successful life.

  27. Ansley Barrington

    This post is GOLD, thank you! 🙂 I just wanted to suggest working out at the gym as something that boosts self esteem. Exercise is a natural stress reliever and we also end up looking and feeling better.

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