I have this quote from Aristotle on my desktop at work to remind me that it takes practice and consistency to get better and achieve excellence. Getting better to me is making incremental improvements, either in health, talents, or habits. Small acts done consistently over time become big habits.
In my daily job in IT I am very analytical and left-brained, so in my down time I crave creative and right-brained activities to stimulate those other areas of my brain. Having hobbies in different areas helps me grow as a person. Photography, painting, and blogging are my creative outlets. I am not excellent in any of these areas, but they bring me joy and give me a sense of accomplishment that I feel brings some inner peace. So I keep practicing and challenging myself.
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” ~ Fred Devito
So whether you are trying to learn or improve a new skill or just trying to be the best version of you that you can be, here are some tips that help me:
- Practice, practice, practice! If you are trying to improve on something, remember practice makes perfect. Practice and consistency lead to habits and excellence.
- Lose the negativity and self-doubt A positive attitude goes a long way. Think about the little engine that could… I think I can, I think I can became I know I can, I know I can!
- Love what you do I use the hashtag #lovewhatyoudo quite often. Your life, your job, your hobbies should all bring you joy and make you smile. So laugh and have fun! The world needs more joy, don’t you think?
- Express gratitude I keep a gratitude journal to help remind me of all those things I am thankful for. The positivism helps drown out negativity when you see the good things in your life.
- Visualize your goals Writing down or visualizing your goals, visions, dreams helps solidify them in your mind, giving you something to work towards. Create a vision board or keep a journal.
I know these tips aren’t ground-breaking or earth-shattering. They are just reminders that small habits and simple shifts in attitude will help with those incremental improvements or changes you might need to reach your goals and develop excellence. You might even become better than unicorns and sparkles combined!
Do you have any great self-improvement tips to share? Let’s get BETTER together!
via Daily Prompt: Better