Everyone should have the opportunity to better themselves, even if better just means waking up earlier, walking the dog longer, or brushing your teeth more than once a day.
“Better” is an adjective, meaning, it describes something. Adjectives, in many cases, are just opinions people have on something. Better to me, can mean one thing, while better to you, can mean the complete opposite. So how come so many people assume there is only one meaning for better when it comes to ourselves? Well, like the old saying goes, opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one. Today, we’ll discuss my opinion on the 10 Steps to a Better You in 2018, and better can mean anything you want it to.
Step 1 – Start Now
Stop waiting. Don’t set a date. Don’t start slowly. Just stop what you’re doing (or not doing) and get started on your journey to bettering yourself today!
Step 2 – Take Baby Steps
The pyramids weren’t built in a day, and neither will a better you. Start with small little steps, like waking up 20 minutes earlier or setting a reminder on your phone to take a walk. Don’t dive into making a life change all at once.
Step 3 – Stop Comparing Yourself
Forget the grass on the other side! You don’t know what someone’s journey is like, nor do you ever really know where someone is in their journey. Focus on YOU, after all, this is about bettering you not becoming someone else.
Step 4 – Celebrate Everything
Who doesn’t love a good celebration? Make time to recognize each accomplishment, no matter how small, those can be your milestones of success, helping to stop you from focusing on how far you are from your ultimate goal.
Step 5 – Surround Yourself with Positivity
I’m not saying drop your friends, however, I am saying changing behavior is hard and the more positivity you have around you the happier you will be and the more you’ll push to become a better you.
Step 6 – Recognize Setback & Move On
Shit happens! Seriously, one time I was doing squats, and well nevermind. Recognize that there are going to be setbacks, something may pop up in one area of your life you weren’t ready for and it throws off your game plan. That’s OKAY! Recognize what happened, how it happened, and move on. Doing this will help you plan for the future and realign yourself with your goals.
Step 7 – Keep Building
After your new behavior has become a habit, it’s time to add something new. Keep adding new behaviors after you feel the last is something you’re no longer having to focus on accomplishing because it has become routine.
Step 8 – Cheat Here & There
Not on your significant other, but on your new behavior (unless the new behavior is to stop cheating on your significant other, then please proceed to step 9). It’s hard to change your eating habits all at one, and it’s hard to just give up something you’re used too. Make one day a week or month, a cheat day. Your day to be free of your new behavior. If you don’t need it, skip it!
Step 9 – Spread the Word
Everyone fears of letting people down, and we’re scared to tell our inner circle what we’re doing because we’re scared they’ll judge us for stopping. However, sharing your new journey with friends can be the best way to build a support group, get people to join you, and get that little extra push you might need some days.
Step 10 – Keep YOU in Mind
The whole point of bettering yourself is to make you happier. Keep yourself in mind when making decisions, choosing new behaviors, or trying new things. You are the only person who knows the difference between pushing the boundaries and a flat out, absolutely not. Stick with your gut, challenge yourself, but don’t forget, in the end, it’s about you and only you.
We’re all just people living on this planet. A mere speck in the solar system. What you do today, most likely, won’t make tomorrow much different. However, it can be the start of a ripple, and a ripple can become a wave, and a wave can become a tsunami, and a tsunami can change the world. What will you do to be better?