If you think this post is going to make a drastic change to your life, I sincerely hope that it will. But, let me first add a disclaimer here. There are no easy ways to grow yourself every day. What makes you grow is getting out of your comfort zone and putting things to practice every single day. That is the only way to change, re-wire your thinking and be true to yourself every day.
15 Easy ways to grow yourself every day
You are your best investment. Remember that. After all, you take you with you, all that you are and whatever you have learned, wherever you go. Whether you are looking at growing greater at your strengths, reducing your liabilities, or expanding what you are capable of, personal development is a path.
1. Develop a morning routine
Waking up early has been acknowledged by many to improve your productivity and your quality of life. Experts opine that when you wake up early, you have that extra time to spend with yourself. Spending that time soaking in the morning tranquility and absorbing the early-morning sunlight that will help your brain switch into its active mode.
2. Make your to-do list
Whether you start your day with a series of affirmations or with a to-do list, you can plan your day better. Did you know that when you write a to-do list, the top 5 are the most important one’s that you need to tackle. Your sub-conscious mind will always list what you need to do first. Once you get into the rhythm, you will be able to get those chores done masterfully.
3. Quit Complaining
A lot of times when things are not going our way, we tend to get agitated and its easy to vent out and rant. But did you know that when you begin to complain all the time for sake of complaining, it can be counter-productive and can make you feel angry or upset in the process. Once you are done venting, do come up or follow up with a constructive solution that will serve to minimize future complaining. And once you set a pattern to this, you’ll know that no matter how much you rant, you’ll have a solution for it.
4. Stop Comparing
It’s normal to get into the comparison mode. When you see someone in the same profession thrive more than you do, it’s normal to compare. But we tend to compare the worst we know of ourselves to the best we presume about others. Let ne tell you that comparisons are unfair. You can control only your life, so ensure that you first master your capabilities.
5. Enjoy the little things
A lot of times we are so absorbed in the big picture, that we tend to lose focus on the little things that make us better. Don’t lose your focus on the little things that can bring you joy. It could be as simple as stepping out in the balcony to watch a sunset or a sunrise. Or just spending time with plants, if you enjoy the green life.
6. Love what you do
I am grateful that I can choose to work out of home and have the best of everything! Work I love, times I choose to work, choose who I can work with and my work load, be my own boss, spend time with the kids and enjoy time to myself! Yes, I also get the coffee exactly as I would want it! Small things in life make a huge difference. And learn to appreciate these!
7. Learn something new everyday
I try to take out time every single day to listen to a podcast or tune in to a TED TALK. Inspiring ones of course that teach me things on various levels. Right from how to control my anxiety to living in the moment or how to have a more productive day at work. A click of a button is all you need for the results to come up and choose what you want to listen to or watch to learn something new.
8. Gather your thoughts
I call it the me time. Undoubtedly one of my most favorite things to do. A stop at my favorite café, unlimited cups of coffee ( yes I know it’s not good for health, but an occasional cheat day is alright!) fresh salads and time to fill my life and business goals for the year makes a world of difference. It helps me focus and rejuvenate. When I spend time alone, I am able to collect and focus on my thoughts that I turn into action.
9. Give and receive
Do you help someone thinking that the favor will be reciprocated? Give and share what you can with no strings attached. Receive openly, accept thanks and compliments you receive with openness. Give your time, love, and affection, and you’ll be surprised at how much comes back to you. That’s the way the Universe works. When you give selflessly, the Universe gives you back in multi-folds. And one of the best books I have read that talks about giving and receiving selflessly is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Make it a part of your library if you don’t own the book as yet!
10. Make your inner circle
Detach from relationships and things that put you down. Choose to form relationships that are positive. More often than not, we are surrounded by people who are judgmental—causing pain and anguish. Surrounding myself with people who understand my journey and accept me for who I am makes a huge difference.
11. Be happy
I took a small step. I decided to be responsible for my own happiness. Yes, when I let go of the expectations from others, I realized that life was pretty much simple and not as complicated as I imagined it to be. Being happy gives a sense of contentment that ushers in positive thoughts. Try it. Trust me, it is not difficult as all.
12. Move the body
There is nothing more satisfying than staying fit and healthy. Go for a long walk or just hit the gym and stretch those muscles. Our bodies will thank us for it! Indulge in a bit of yoga to bring calmness to the mind, body and soul or just head out for a run. Do whatever it takes to make the adrenaline rush and make us feel good. I love my walks and clocking in those 10K steps a day gives me immense satisfaction and also ticks off the one task from my to-do list!
13. Appreciate yourself
Allow yourself to make mistakes. You’re human and you are bound to make mistakes and learn from them. Give yourself some love on a daily basis. Take time to do something you love, pursue a hobby, or spend quiet time in nature. Every day, write a note to yourself, listing positive qualities and telling yourself how awesome you are.
14. Develop a consistent bedtime routine
A happy, healthy morning starts with a killer bedtime routine. Not my words, I read it somewhere and it stuck with me because I resonate with it. There is no PERFECT way to make the perfect bedtime routine, but you can make it consistent and ensure that you stick to it! Take a hot shower, 30 minutes before you hit the bed, ensure that you are away from any blue light! No gadgets. These lead to mindless scrolling and before you realize you’ve probably spent a good 2 hours of your time in mindless scrolling when you could have caught up on your sleep. And it’s a no-brainer that when you are better rested, you wake up feeling more energetic and are ready to tackle the day!
15. Practice Gratitude
Sometimes when I in the phase of everything that is just falling apart or not going by as planned, I realize that it is so easy to complain and crib, but when you try living with gratitude, things magically change and beautiful things happen to you. Have you ever tried it? Leaving you with one of my favourite quotes!
Personal development is a journey, not a destination. These are some of my tried and tested easy ways to grow yourself every day. What are some of your ways to grow yourself everyday? Do you have any tips to share? Leave in a comment! ‘This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’