Monday, April 20, 2009

Self Improvement – 10 Essential Tips for Success

Become addicted to constant and never ending self-improvement. Anthony J. D'Angelo

We all want to be healthier, smarter, wealthier, work more effectively and efficiently. Here are 10 tips that you can adopt to improve yourself:


1. Goals: You set goals to set your direction in life. Your major goals will dictate your daily activities. It is good to highlight here that you should set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-sensitive. Your goals should be well-balanced to include your health, your financial situation, work, family, relationships, lifelong learning and happiness. Establish goals that give you meaning in life.

2. Posters: One of the things that helps reach your goals is to display images of the things that you want in life such as your dream home  and your dream car. Every day when you look at it you are constantly reminded of your goals and the images motivate you to work harder to reach your objectives.

3. Quotes: Display motivational quotes at strategic locations at home or in the office is also another way to spur you to greater height.   Let’s say you are always procrastinating, you can put up a quote like "Do It Now "or "Just Do It" to provoke you to take immediate action in whatever you need to do. Here is a good one on success by Booker T. Washington: ’Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that one has overcome while tying to succeed.”

4. To-do list: Your daily to-do list is closely linked to your long-ranch goals. It is a wonderful tool. First of all it is a reminder for the things you need to do for the day. It also gives you a sense of achievement as you cross out the things that you have done. Depending on which one that works better for you, you may like to maintain two lists, one for work and the other one for personal items.

5. Reading and learning: Keeping yourself up-to-date is the only way to improve yourself in life. Make it a point to read every day such as books, newspapers, magazines, and you also surf the Net to look for more information. The more you learn and the more you know the easier it is for you to utilize the knowledge to realize your aims.

6. Annual net worth review; How do you know you are getting richer as time goes by? The only way to find out is to draw up an annual net worth sheet. It is actually the difference of what you own (your house, your car, your bank accounts, investment, cash value of your insurance policies and other assets) less what you owe (car loan, housing loan, outstanding bills including credit card debts). If the bottom line keeps getting larger it means you are getting wealthier. Net worth is your tool to measure how successful you are against your financial goals.

7. Physical exercise: Keeping yourself in good health is an important part of your on-going goals. You maintain good health and well-being by regular exercise. Be sure to do an annual check-up to confirm the status of your health.

8. New places: Visiting unfamiliar places is one the best way to broaden you outlook in life. Learn the way of life from other races and get to know more about their cultures.

9. New faces: You gain some insight by meeting and talking to more people. By listening to them you learn one or two new things to improve yourself.

10. Meditation: It gives you inner peace and promotes your spiritual health. You are more relaxed, calm and happy and are not easily affected by negative events. You can concentrate better and are more creative.


These tips create self-awareness and monitor your progress. You will know how successful you are in the most important areas of your life especially your health, financial matters and happiness.

2 comments:

  1. Great tips Charles. The learning part is especially crucial to improving your life.

    I have a site that's compatible to yours, would you like to do a link exchange? If so, let me know on my contacts page. Thanks Charles.

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  2. Many people will be looking forward for drastic changes in their lives and the time will not just allow. Maybe you are one among them and wondering how to lead your life in a better way. There are many challenges that come along with self improvementand knowing these challenges is a good step in the right direction. Some people may have a passion for business and are hoping to be successful but these two alone does not guarantee you to live your life fully, to change you life, or genuinely to be happy. To succeed financially is not a guarantee to create a feting life; this only brings poverty of the soul. Self growth is not measured on the amount of money or material things one has, but rather it is measured in terms of the quality of life or how happy an individual is at the long run.

    For an entrepreneur to succeed in life, the most important thing he should have is a right mindset. If your mindset is focused on success, all that you have desired throughout your life will follow suit. Some people call this phenomenon as the law of attraction while others call it positive thinking, but whichever way you look at it, the secret of success lies squarely on those facts. Everybody wants to be rich, successful and happy, but all this starts with you first. Believe in yourself because if you don’t, you will be left nowhere. In reality, mindset is the most important component in attaining your financial freedom but in most cases nobody talks about it.

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