Personal development is a lifelong journey that aims at making you a better version of yourself. Regardless of how fulfilled, contented, healthy, or wealthy you are, there is always room for improvement. If you find yourself lacking in one area or another of your life, then you need to develop certain skills and knowledge that can make you contend favorably and successfully in this world. Below are six personal development hacks that can make you a better version of yourself.
The first step towards self-improvement is self-acceptance. You need to mentally accept that you need to change from your present state. Without this mental conviction you can’t make any progress. You need to accept that you can be better than what you are presently. You need to accept that there are flaws in your makeup that you need to discard. The moment you reach this level of acceptance, your mind automatically opens up and start to think of a way to better your current state.
Set realistic goals:
Now that you have accepted that there is a problem somewhere or that you can be a better version of what you are presently, next is to set realistic goals towards changing the situation. The goals you set must be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound). In simpler terms, your goals must be something you can realistically achieve within a specified time frame.
For example, if you want to improve on your reading culture. You can set a goal of reading one book per month for yourself. This is realistic and achievable.
We are all different from one another; we all have different strengths, weaknesses, and shortcomings. It is important that even before you set goals for yourself you do a thorough examination of who you are; what are your weaknesses and how can you plot a way out of them and be better. A good and unbiased assessment of yourself will give you a good place to start the journey towards self improvement.
Expand your circle:
It is popularly known that your network determines your net worth. One of the fastest and easiest ways to the top is to know those that matter. If what you desire is financial success, then you must make every effort to expand your business contacts; you can do this by attending social functions and seminars. Anywhere there is a gathering of people within your sphere of business, try to be there.
If what you desire is moral uprightness or abstinence from a particular habit, then you equally have to pull closer to help groups and circles that can motivate and bring the best out of you.
Get a mentor:
A mentor is someone who has been there before; made errors or experience the errors of others. Therefore, a mentor can use this knowledge to teach you key principles of succeeding. You can learn from the mistakes of this mentor without having to make those same mistakes yourself. The result of this is that you will actualize your potentials faster than you can imagine.
Education, just like self-improvement, is a lifelong process. It doesn’t end. In order to develop yourself you need to continue educating yourself and learning new ways to improve your skills. With the introduction of online technology, education has become even easier. From the comfort of your home you can access information and training’s that would otherwise have been unreachable. Residents of low-income areas or citizens from third-world countries can have access to advanced information that is only obtainable in developed countries or regions.