One of the defining characteristics of life is perpetual movement – even when you sleep, there are thousands of small processes that are still happening in your body, and your pumping heart is only a part of it. In other words, your very own body adopts that entrepreneurial philosophy “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, and so should you.
Being stubborn with your views and opinions and refusing to broaden your knowledge means that you’ve stopped your intellectual development in its tracks, which can be really dangerous in the long run. Successful people (and this does not exclusively refer to career) spend their life constantly moving in the spiritual sense, as they learn new things and look for new ways to tackle various aspects of their lives. If you yearn to better yourself too, here are three ways to focus on your own self-improvement.
Pursue the five-year-older ideal
People often look up to other individuals as models for self-improvement. While this is a natural part of human development, it also opens a door to disappointment and mental entrapment. Every single human being has two sides – the person and the persona. These successful entrepreneurs and celebrities are usually the projections of their personas – the way the public sees them and expects of them to engage in public debate.
However, it often turns out that their persona is not completely identical to their person – the so-called “flawed human” side of them. This is why, if you truly want to get on an effective track of self-improvement, you have to pursue the five-year-older ideal of yourself. In other words, you should sit down and imagine, with all your temporary drawbacks, flaws and mistakes you tend to make, what is the best version of yourself you can achieve in five years’ time.
As you pursue this “awesome” version of yourself, you should also constantly update the vision of what an ideal is and never stop pursuing it. In five years’ time, you’ll realize you have made yourself stronger overall, and in some ways, you have not expected you could.
This is why it is so much better to pursue a better version of yourself – because you already know how to intimately differentiate between who you are as a person and what is your persona.
The journey both inward and outward
As already suggested in the introduction, both the physical and mental life is all about movement, and these two aspects can complement each other harmoniously only if you act on your impulses. In other words, if you feel the need to go on an impromptu vacation every now and then, you probably should.
Go on a solo adventure, pack your stuff and embark on a road trip without a destination, board a ship for one of the last minute cruises or fly out to a country that is culturally completely different from your own. It can be scary to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but it doesn’t take too much work – you just need to book a trip and everything else will fall into place.
It’s minimal work when you consider the benefits – by putting yourself in a new geographical environment and an unknown set of circumstances you’ll get a better idea of yourself and your place in the world. Meeting other cultures and people with staggeringly different backgrounds from your own can truly humble you, enrich your spirit and teach you a lot.
Take care of yourself
The spiritual and the physical are inseparable and every person who has achieved a modicum of success will tell you that, in order to better focus on self-improvement, you have to take care of yourself. In other words, your physical condition and your health should be your priorities.
In fact, one can easily state without controversy that this is the basic framework of self-improvement. It all begins with refusing to eat junk food. Even if you are not in a financial situation to purchase avocado every day, you can still purchase some basic groceries yourself and make your own meals.
The key thing is to go with quality over quantity. It can be so easy to stuff yourself with carb-rich foods which are pre-made under questionable conditions and chug it all down with a sugar-filled soda. Better diet means more discipline, but your body will be ever so grateful for it over time. If you are not all that much into sports, you can always jog every day for an hour or take a two-hour evening walk.
As you get fit, your body will respond with the secretion of beneficial hormones that will keep your mood boosted and your mind clear – neuroplasticity will increase and you’ll be much more susceptible to adopting new information and tackling complex ideas.
No matter how ideal your life appears, there is always room for self-improvement. The beauty of it lies in the fact that there is no goal, no “ultimate” version of yourself you are likely to achieve. If you ever get to the point where you are completely and universally satisfied with every aspect of yourself – there’s a very disappointing chance you have actually adopted a wrong frame of mind.
As life hits us with an endless and admittedly unavoidable set of difficulties and tragedies, it is of utmost importance to stay flexible and be ready for changes, both spiritual and physical. This is why self-improvement is such an important aspect of a high-quality lifestyle – you’ll be so much better equipped to carry the weight of life and be of use to yourself and the people that surround you.