To grow as a person, you need to improve. Jim Rohn, an American motivational public speaker used to say, “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” If you want to change your life, you must change yourself. This means self-improvement of thoughts, behaviors, and skills.

Self-improvement tips to get you started.

Eat better.

Eating better has less to do with maintaining a healthy weight (although that is encouraged for physical health) and more about the mental aspects of consuming nutritious foods. Food full of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals can leave you lethargic. You do not think as well when you consume foods that trigger inflammation.

Train your body.

Physical fitness is the foundation of self-improvement. If you are physically sick, your other work will suffer. Your relationships suffer when you cannot physically do what you want. Stop thinking of exercise as working out. Instead, think of it as training to do God’s work. You must be strong, balanced, and flexible to do many required tasks.

Even if you have a desk job, you need your heart and lungs to be in excellent health so that you do not succumb to cardiorespiratory illnesses from less movement. Train your body and consider it a temple for the Holy Spirit.

Make rest a priority.

Much of our culture values hustle. We are told that if we give 110%, then we will see results. Although this is true, God created us with a need for rest. We can give our best effort, but we need to set aside time to rest. In the Bible, God commanded the people to take the Sabbath as a day of rest.

This was not just to spend the day worshipping God and fellowshipping with one another. It was also to force the people to slow down and physically and mentally rest. When was the last time you made rest a priority?

Learn from a mentor.

Want a quick way to improve yourself? Find someone who can serve as a mentor. A mentor can provide you with wisdom and insight on things that are important to you. Keep in mind that mentors are humans, too, and make mistakes. Try to learn from others what to do and what not to do.

Keep a journal.

Journaling is an excellent way to move thoughts onto the page and provide insight into what is bothering you, what is working, and what you need to do. When you journal, your mind tries to find solutions to problems. The act of handwriting can also be cathartic. You can distance yourself from the emotions attached to a problem when you journal.

Read more.

One way to learn from a mentor is to read books, articles, blog posts, or listen to podcasts. You can learn a new skill by dedicating fifteen minutes daily to reading or watching videos. If you make a consistent effort to learn more in any format, you will reap a harvest. Exposing yourself to new ideas, skills, and perspectives can only help you in the long run.

Reach out for help.

Always learn from people who are wiser or more knowledgeable than you. When it comes to self-improvement, choose a mentor who has done the same things you have set in your sights. If you are unsure where to start, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with a personal and professional development counselor. Your counselor can take your self-improvement to the next level.

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