A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao-tzu, "The Way of Lao-tzu."
We all have things that we would like to improve upon, and making changes to our daily routine can seem like a daunting task. You might be worried that giving up a habit, no matter how unhealthy it might be, could send you over the edge. So instead of doing something, you choose to maintain the status quo. Sound familiar?
Empowerment comes from knowing that it is possible to change your thinking and behavior. Generally, this means beginning with small steps.
Here are 20 steps to self-improvement:
This is not to be confused with being lazy. Rushing around in a frenzy can make it difficult to do anything well. If you find yourself in this state, do yourself a favor and give yourself a time out. It might be 10 minutes, but you are taking yourself out of the mad scramble and becoming more centered.
2) Change one small thing.
Years ago, I decided that I hated the feeling of being hurried in the morning. I decided to set my alarm 15 minutes earlier. This might not seem like much, but I use this extra time to meditate. Eventually the 15 minutes became 30 minutes, and I now do a few yoga moves in addition to meditation. This sets the tone for my morning routine. Seldom do I feel rushed.
3) Show up for yourself.
Your actions often speak louder than words, and self-improvement usually takes time. For example, if you desired to improve upon a healthy living lifestyle and you schedule other things during your exercise class, then you are making it very hard for yourself to meet your healthy living commitment.
4) Detach from the outcome.
Sure, you want to see success, but being hyper-focused on the end result can cause you to miss your progress along the way. Growth and insight often comes in the journey. When you are able to see how you developed along the way, you will be able to better embrace the end, whatever it might hold.
5) Be a student.
Be open to learning, and don’t assume that you know everything.