10 things that help you grow in life

It’s a simple fact: Life only gets better when you do. Work on yourself and the rest will follow. And the good news is that you don’t need a complete makeover to improve yourself – a few easy practices can go a long way to boosting your sense of wellbeing and making your days more meaningful.

Improving your life doesn’t have to be about making one big gesture. Instead, it’s something you can constantly work on—and it typically comes down to the small things you do every day.

With that in mind, here are 10 self-development practices that will help you become the very best version of yourself:

Be Yourself

One of the biggest misunderstandings is the belief that everything is about becoming better than others and compete. Why would you want to become the greatest and best, to show up? Someone who only wants to become the greatest to outdo everyone else has not developed himself but just his vanity.

Self-improvement is about growth beyond the ego, to question yourself, to learn to know yourself, to react more mature, to be responsible. It’s not about getting better than others.

Compliment Yourself

Every morning before you go on with your daily routine, take a couple of minutes to give yourself a compliment. Whether you compliment your outfit, haircut, or how you recently completed a task using your unique skill sets, giving yourself a little emotional boost will make you happy. And, when you’re happy with yourself, that emotion can be contagious to those around you.

Stop Comparing

Comparison is the thief of joy, because we typically compare the worst we know of ourselves to the best we presume about others. Comparisons are downright unfair and baseless.

More importantly, though, comparison puts the focus on the wrong person. You can only control one life – yours.

Accept Constructive Criticism

It is important to know how to handle criticism healthily. Always accept constructive criticism, it is there to help you build yourself up. Accept comments and look at it as a way to improve yourself.

On the other hand, turn a deaf ear to comments that do nothing but bring you down. You don’t need those words in your life. Only accept things that will further enhance you as a person.

Say ‘No’

It may be just two tiny letters, but this is your gentle reminder that “no” is a complete sentence. Burnout happens easily so it’s essential to spend time refueling and safeguarding your own wellbeing.

If you don’t want to go to a party, don’t go. If you feel overwhelmed by your workload, speak up. Self-care is not selfish.

Accept What You Cannot Change

We do not have anything under control in the outside. Life is sometimes hard and unfair. Illnesses happen, or you have rainy vacations instead of the sunny one you hoped for. We cannot influence what happens in the world and cannot change the people around us, however, we can choose how we react to the situation we are facing.

You can fight against your situation, struggle and complain that everything is unfair. Or you accept and try to make the best of it. Do not try to fix whatever comes in your life. Fix yourself in such a way that whatever comes, you will be fine.

Don’t Make Excuses

Instead of pointing fingers and making excuses about why you aren’t happy or successful in your personal or professional life, own your mistakes and learn from them. When you do this, you will become a better person.

When you start living up to your mistakes and downfalls, your life itself will turn around. You will become happier and healthier, and your relationships will improve.

Let Go Of Anger

Letting go of anger is easier said than done. While anger is a perfectly normal emotion, you can’t let it fester. When this happens, you may make unwise decisions, and more important, it may affect your health.

To help you let go of anger, try writing your feelings down, pray or meditate, or begin to manage your thoughts.

Practice Forgiveness

In order to live a healthy and fruitful life, it is very important that you forgive and let go of resentment. If for no other reason than for yourself, forgive to untether yourself from the negative experiences of the past. Take time to meditate, and give thanks for the wisdom and knowledge gained from your suffering.

Practice the mantra, ‘I forgive you and I release you.’

Get Moving

Not only does exercise improve your mental health by releasing mood-boosting endorphins into the brain, but you’ll feel good for doing something beneficial for your body, and your body will reward you in kind.

Even just 20 minutes of aerobic exercise a day is sufficient to trigger a flood of those feel-good chemicals.

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