If you want to grow and experience new opportunities in life, you should always be learning, improving, and developing. Little changes will eventually snowball into something big. As Vincent Van Gogh once said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Here are a few tips for how to pursue personal development.
How to Pursue Personal Development:
Start Every Day With an Intention:
How many of you checked your Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat before rolling out of bed and washing your face? We live in a world where what is happening on a phone screen is taking precedent over what is happening in our daily lives. When you wake up in the morning, instead of scrolling for 30 minutes, reflect on what the day is going to be like and set at least one goal that you want to accomplish that day. It’s a small start, but it’s an important exercise for ensuring daily productivity and mindfulness.
Take Up a New Hobby:
Hobbies are a great way to learn new skills and meet interesting people who share your passion. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but keep putting off? Now is the time try something new. Think about how you want to grow and choose a hobby based on your goal. For instance, if you want to get in better shape, choose a sport like ice skating, rock climbing, or yoga.
Look for classes, groups, or seminars in your area. Try new things because they will encourage you to expand and enhance the skills you already have, figure out what you do and don’t like, and meet new people.
Start Positive Habits:
It takes time to form a habit and make it stick. The new year is the perfect time to introduce new habits into your life. Think about the “bad” habits you currently have and how you can swap them for a “good” ones. Change one habit at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Create Realistic To Do Lists:
Write down your goals to stay accountable and on track. Your list may include deadlines, specific goals, and significant dates that well help you stay organized. Don’t set deadlines that will be difficult (or impossible) to reach. You’ll feel frustrated and unfulfilled. Create attainable goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. Meeting (and exceeding) goals will make you feel happy, accomplished, and motivated to continue your hard work.
Bookend your day with positive habits. Set intentions and goals every morning and check what you’ve accomplished and what you’re grateful for every night. Practice gratitude by thinking about the top three things that influenced you and made you happy that day. You’ll start to relive and relish in the positive feelings, making you more likely to continue having a positive outlook day after day.
Become the best version of yourself and reap the rewards!
What are your tips for how to pursue personal development?
By Reese Evans: Reese Evans is the founder of Yes Supply Co., a community of creatives, bloggers, and entrepreneurs who are find their yes, and turning their passion into a thriving business.
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