In fact, as we grow older we should always be seeking personal growth as we continue our journeys of learning and development.
But the truth is, that comes with challenges. And while some people shy away from challenges or things that make them uncomfortable, it’s important to switch out that mindset and push yourself out of your comfort zone (where real self-improvement starts to happen).
So no matter if you’re making small or big changes in order to grow, there’s no doubt these adjustments can and will make a difference in your life over time. So with that in mind, let’s strive for a bigger and better version of ourselves this year!
Check out these 4 ways to challenge yourself for self-improvement.
- Start writing or journaling to record your progress
Journaling is a fantastic way to track your habits of behaviour and can help you identify where you need to improve. Not only that, once you have identified your areas of growth by keeping a journal and putting pen to paper you can then track your progress and change over time.
- Create SMART goals
Goal-setting is a crucial part of self-improvement as it gives you something to work towards on your self-improvement journey. A good framework to use is the SMART theory for goal setting, which outlines how goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-related. In other words, there’s no point setting yourself huge (and unachievable) goals – start off small and build your way up, you’re likely to see more success that way.
- Motivate yourself by making plans
Another key element of self-growth is motivation. And how can you stay motivated? Make plans! (And stick to them). Whether that’s locking in a morning run with a buddy or signing yourself up for a short course or night-time class, by making plans you make yourself accountable.
- Address your failures and do things differently next time
It’s time to view failure as a learning opportunity, not something to be afraid of. The fact is, with failure comes learning which ultimately leads to self-growth. So by doing things differently after you make a mistake or fail, you are training yourself to make changes and find the best way for you to do what you need to improve.