Do you want the best tools to become a better you in 2021?
Maybe like me you found 2020 to be a long year of stress, anxiety and fear. Perhaps you battled with many challenges and struggled to hit reset after each one.
Or you may be at a crossroads and you’re dead keen to build new coping skills so you can tackle life’s hurdles. headon. To stop the despair, shame and guilt cycle dead in it’s tracks.
What you need is a toolkit that allows you to change your life for the better. So you can live a rich, fulfilling life on your own terms.
This post gives you a few ideas to become a better and stronger person. But be warned, this is not a quick fix. It takes hard work, discipline and focus but you can do it.
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Ready? Let’s get started.
Here are 5 practical ways to become a better you
The decision to change your life is not easy to make. Whatever the trigger, you have to invest the time to create a plan and take action to effect the change
1. Design your life plan
Do you have a personal GPS for where you’re headed ?
You can map your life plan using the The Big 101 principle. I gleaned this gem from The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer
This is a lifechanging Master list of ‘101 things you want to do, be or see in your life’.
Create a wish list
This is a fun exercise that has the power to totally transform your life.
Dream big and write up a bucket list of 101 of your wildest dreams and aspirations. No matter how incredible and outrageous the item may seem to you, just add it to your list.
For instance, you may want to build a dream home on a private island, become the personal assistant to a celebrity you’ve long admired or start your own clothing label.
They may seem impossible but who knows what the universe may grant you once you’ve voiced them.
Then, turn this wish list into a checklist. So you can check off each item as you achieve them.
Just writing out your Big 101 is enough to inspire you to::
- Reflect on your life goals
- Stop living life on auto pilot
- Risk taking on new challenges
- Live life on your own terms
You now have the foundation to develop a plan to become a better you.
Set goals to make your Big 101 happen
This is where the hard work starts to be the best version of you.
Here is a simple process to follow to make that happen:
- Select 2 or 3 items from your wishlist
- Turn each one into a SMART goal
- Break the SMART goal into baby steps
- Give the goal and each step a time frame
- Get to work and flourish as you check off each step
- Repeat for he next set of goals.
This sounds so easy to do but you may get overwhelmed.
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2. Love yourself
Are you guilty of sabotaging your life? Do you see yourself as a failure when you compare yourself to your high school friends? Are you riddled with bitterness, anger and disappointment at not being able to keep up?
Check out this YouTube video entitled 10 Signs You Lack Self Love to find out more:
Well, my friend, if this is the story of your life, you need to fully accept yourself as you are.
Take responsibility for how your thoughts and actions maybe contributing to your dissatisfaction with your life
Stop the critical inner voice
Your flaws, whether real or not, have probably occupied canter stage in your life so far. What you need to do is accept them and work towards kicking them out.
Below are ways to do this:
Deal with the aspects of yourself that you are unhappy with.
First, write a few affirmations. If you’re new to this, affirmations are positive statements that you use to show yourself self love.
Here are a few self love affirmations to use:
- I love and accept myself100%
- I exude happiness and confidence
- I am loved and trusted unconditionally
- I have the skills to become a better me
- I am worthy of compassion and kindness
Make these affirmations work by repeating them out loud to yourself at least 3 times a day. Create a nice graphic for each one using a simple program like Canva.com and use it as a wallpaper for your cell phone or computer.