“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

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If you have ever thought about the meaning of life, you realize that through improving yourself, you get the most out of life; and self-improvement and self-growth can improve the quality of your life.

There are a multitude of books, websites, and articles that we seek knowledge from to help us understand and work toward our journey of self-improvement.  However, it’s not enough to just read and research…we have to practice what we read.  Here are the top 5 ways toward self-improvement:

  1. Set Your Goals and Never Give Up – Without goals, you have nothing to look forward to, and you won’t progress. In order to achieve your goals, you must be committed to the goal you wish to accomplish, be inspired, and strive toward that goal.  If you find that you are struggling to attain your goal, never give up.  No one who gives up ever reaches his or her goal.
  2. Learn How to Relax – Stress and tension are two of your biggest obstacles toward self-improvement. If you don’t deal with the stress in your life, it can not only lead to more stress, it can manifest in physical and psychological problems.  When you’re relaxed, you will function more efficiently, and life seems a little bit easier to handle.
  3. Learn and Listen – One of the easiest things you can do to improve yourself is to learn and listen to others, especially those that have already succeeded in life. Learning from the mistakes of others and listening to their advice can keep you from heading down the wrong path.
  4. Be Kind and Considerate to Others – We’ve all heard the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Treating others as we would like to be treated…with respect, love, and appreciation is key when you’re striving toward self-improvement.  Not only does it make others feel better about themselves, but it makes you feel better in the long run.  By using the Golden Rule, you develop a sense of compassion and empathy for others, as well as building self-esteem for yourself.
  5. Begin a New Hobby – Learning something new requires you to broaden yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally. Breaking out of your comfort zone and trying something new gives you a new sense of purpose. You might even find a new passion that gets you excited!

Following these 5 steps can give you a perfect start towards your self-improvement journey, and continuously educating yourself is very powerful.  Right now is a good time for self-improvement. Why wait? You’re not going anywhere!