If you talk to the average person, they will tell you that they do desire to improve themselves. Most people have an innate desire to become better, whatever that means to them. These self development tips will help bloggers and entrepreneurs find and become their best self.
It is important to note that self improvement looks different from person to person. Not everyone has the same goals or things to work on, and that’s what makes self improvement so special!
You have the ability to analyze yourself and determine what you want to do better, and what you want to work on. No one else gets to decide this but you, which makes it that much more empowering.
There are some mindset hacks that can help you become a better blogger, which you may wish to implement on your self improvement journey.
Otherwise, you might not even know where to begin. Maybe you have a general idea of what you want to work on, but it can be difficult to pinpoint what exactly to do first.
These self development tips will guide you in determining what exactly you want to target first, as well as what to do to achieve these goals.
Whether you choose one or all of these tips, you will be on your way to becoming a better version of yourself!
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Setting Healthy boundaries between work and life
Part of any well-developed self improvement journey is setting boundaries between your work and your regular life. It is important to note that work is not your life.
Read that again. Work is not your life. Chances are, you would not do your work for free, so even if you absolutely love what you do, it is still a separate entity than your actual life.
You work to live. You don’t live to work.
Because of this, it is vital to set boundaries between the two. Especially if you work from home, this can be extremely difficult. This is one thing about blogging full time that isn’t talked about as often as it should.
This might mean setting hours for yourself that are nonnegotiable. Maybe after 5 PM you simply will not work, no matter what. Or maybe Sundays are your day off, no exceptions. Whatever works for you- we all have different lives and things going on, so one schedule does not work for everyone.
Regardless of how you choose to set your boundaries, you will only give yourself more time to yourself, your family, and your actual life.
Yes, entrepreneurs need to work more especially in the beginning. But, that doesn’t mean you should miss out on life’s greatest pleasures!
Give yourself grace and time to enjoy life. Boundaries will energize you and give you more focus on your work during your set hours.
Turn your goals into steps
As bloggers, we have some lofty goals that might only come true 3 years from now. Working day in and day out on a goal that we might not see results from until 3 years from now is pretty discouraging.
It is important to remember to recognize milestones within your work. Maybe your long term goal is to earn a full-time income from your website. Keep track of your monthly income and celebrate all your wins, no matter how small!
Not only will this bring more positivity and encouragement into your workday, but you will reduce burn out.
By breaking down your goals into steps, you will improve your mindset and become more positive and encouraged as you continually meet each stepping stone.
Those of us who only focus on the long term goals are only setting ourselves up for failure. Sure, you might reach that goal eventually, but it will take a lot of dragging yourself out of bed and beating yourself up before you get there, and that’s no good for anyone.
Remember that you are learning
One of my favorite self development tips is this: you need to remember that you are still learning and growing.
When we start something, like blogging, it can be difficult to remember to not compare yourself to others. Your beginning CAN NOT be compared with someone else’s middle or end. That is just unfair and doesn’t make any actual sense.
Even if you are 5 years into your website, you are still learning. Which leads me to another point- never stop learning!
The moment you think you are an expert in every single area within your field is the moment you have failed yourself. There is no possible way to know everything and anything. And if you really think you do know everything, then it’s time to expand.
Don’t get stuck in one spot. Always challenge your mind and explore areas you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with.
Grow your mind and put yourself into situations you never thought you’d be in. Learning is growth, and without it, you won’t get anywhere in your self improvement journey.
Comparing yourself to others
As an expansion of the point I made in the previous section, one of the best self development tips is to stop comparing yourself to others. Yes, I know, you’ve heard this one a thousand and one times. But you need to really ingrain it into your mind.
You are literally different than every single person on this earth. You have different goals, thoughts, emotions, and perspectives than ANYONE else who walks this earth.
So, how can you even begin to compare yourself to someone? What are you even comparing yourself against, someone else’s success?
But what even is success? Maybe they have a successful blog with a full-time income and you don’t. This is your ultimate goal, and to see others with what you have makes you jealous.
I get that. Completely and fully. However, just because they have it doesn’t mean you won’t.
That’s the beauty of the world. Just because one person has something you want, typically doesn’t mean that now you can never have it. It’s not always a competition.
Turn your jealousy or competition with others into motivation. Befriend this person you look up to, and I guarantee you’ll be surprised by what happens: they probably started out just like you. And if that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is.
Enjoy the process
This is one of those self development tips that can relate to pretty much any goal. When pursuing something, it is often difficult to see the finish line, and every step towards it feels like you’re pulling your feel out of the mud.
However, what if it wasn’t this way? What if you actually enjoyed each step, and celebrated each step closer you got to your goal?
All this is is simply a mindset change. There is no real secret to “enjoying the process” except to find parts in it that you do actually enjoy.
If your goal is to run a marathon, no, you might not love every single run you take. However, you can fall in love with the process: finding new paths to run on, enjoying the fresh air, joining a running group, or beating your personal records.
Without finding something about the process that you enjoy, you will fail. If you are not motivated and find joy in reaching your goal, why are you even doing it?
Why waste your time pursuing something that you clearly don’t enjoy or aren’t interested in. Maybe running isn’t your thing. Why not try yoga instead?
Sometimes we think we want something, only to find out that we really don’t enjoy it once we begin trying. Instead of seeing this as a failure, just modify your goal!
No one is keeping a record of what goals you are attempting except you. You have the freedom and liberty to change and modify your goals at any time for any reason!
Create Healthy Routines
Part of any good self improvement journey is to create healthy routines. Again, this looks different for everyone!
Maybe a healthy routine means creating more boundaries between you and your work. Maybe it means eating healthier during the day or getting in more exercise. Whatever it is, you know what it is.
One of my favorite self development tips is just creating healthy habits during the day. This can start small- it doesn’t mean you have to start drinking a gallon of water, running 5 miles, and eating 10 servings of vegetables every day.
In fact, you should start small, and pick one habit at a time. Maybe it’s waking up earlier, meditating during the day, or taking a walk on your lunch break. Start with one new routine, then once you master it and it no longer becomes a chore, then add on another healthy habit.
Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to that healthy lifestyle you always dreamed of.
Take a look at this self care challenge which goes into more detail about how to choose healthy habits, and how to effectively implement them into your day to day routine!
Take a day off!
One of the most important parts of self improvement is recognizing when you need a break. This is something that is often difficult for people to cope with. You might feel like you need a break, but then feel guilty for letting yourself relax.
STOP! Your body tells you these things for a reason. Chances are, there is a good reason you feel run down, tired, sluggish, and unmotivated. Sometimes all you need is a day off to refresh and get your head back into the game.
We need to shed this guilt that we need to be working 24/7. As someone who works for myself, I can definitely relate to this feeling. Why should I be watching TV right now if I have an entire business to launch? There’s no time for that! Right?
No. The best businessmen and women take breaks. They recognize when they’ve had enough, and stop. If you keep pushing yourself to work harder and harder when your mind is deteriorating, nothing good is going to come of that.
Your work will suffer, and your health will suffer. Why not just give yourself a day, or even just a few hours to yourself! Part of creating a successful business and successful life (whatever that means to you) is recognizing when it’s time to put the breaks on.
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