Do what makes you happy. When you find something that you are passionate about, success comes naturally. Most people do what is practical or what is expected of them. As a result they wind up unhappy, stressed out and unfulfilled. Don’t make that mistake. Instead, choose something you love and pursue it with passion. Not only are you far more likely to find long term success by doing so, but you will be able to live a joyful, fulfilling life.
As you continue to grow, be sure to take time to also look back at where you were. This will allow you to see all the positive changes that have taken place. On the path to self improvement it is sometimes hard to see all the changes that actually happen. So by looking back, you can see that what you are doing is working and that, in turn, will keep you motivated.
Ask questions! Whether you are in school or already in the work force, asking questions should be a regular and expected part of our daily lives. Properly formatted and delivered questions clear up the mystery of what is expected of us. They can facilitate our performance and improve our self confidence.
Take an audit of yourself, and own every part of it; even the bad aspects that you may currently have. To really grow in your personal development, you need to both understand yourself and love yourself for who you are. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t want to change the bad aspects; you should. But loathing yourself will only hamper your ability to change.
Rather than allowing small habits to snowball into a major relationship-tester, try to reassess your partner’s offensive or undesirable behavior differently. For example, do not resent your spouse because he or she does not clean toilets to your exacting standards. Instead, focus on how well he keeps the lawn looking nice, or how thankful you are that he even pitches in at all!
Keep in mind that you are not perfect. Even if you have come a long way or if most people usually compliment you, this does not mean you have reached perfection. You should always look for things to improve in your life. Be demanding with yourself and make efforts towards perfection.
Refrain from drinking alcohol. You have probably heard that alcohol is a depressant. This is true. It can also interfere with any medications you might be taking. It can cause you to feel worse, become ill, or maybe even overdose. If you are feeling unhappy, it is always best to steer clear of alcoholic beverages.
When things get hard, don’t give up. On the path of personal development, quitting should never be an option. You need to stick with it all the way until the end. Quitting is the number one reason that people fail. You can not afford to fail yourself, so you need to be 100% committed.
Be sure to take the time to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments. Make a big deal out of reaching the smallest goal that you have set for yourself. You deserve to be rewarded for the hard work and sacrifices that you have made to reach these goals. Make it a candy bar or a bowl of ice cream, whatever you find to be your favorite treat.
Seriously take a break during the day! Give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing for about ten minutes. You need to have this real quality time for yourself each day. “Me time” is going to help you be able to cope better in all the other situations in your life.