Life has a way of constantly redefining us. Either through internal or external means, our individual paths and lives can be shaped, shifted, and otherwise rearranged in a way that, sometimes, we begin to wonder who we are, where we stand, or where we're heading. And other times, we lose our balance completely in the whirlwind and end up falling to places unknown.
Thanks to Entrepreneur, these 25 steps will help you become the best version of yourself. Whether you've been shaken out of your comfort zone personally or professionally, or if you've just reached a point in your life that you want to start making the necessary changes to live your life to the fullest, all of us are standing on one of these steps at any given time. The secret to becoming the best version of you is to always remember there's a next step just around the corner. So try to watch your step.
25 Steps To Becoming The Best Version Of You
1. Go back to square one
There’s a reason why you need to reinvent yourself. Whether it's on a personal or professional level doesn't matter now. It’s time to start from the beginning and put the past behind you.
2. Create a vision for your future and establish goals
After identifying what needs to be changed, it’s time to plan out the future that you want for yourself. Figure out the what, when, and where and establish the goals necessary to achieving your vision.
3. Write lists
Start by writing down a life map and making a graphical representation of your passions and priorities. Then spend every morning writing down the reasonable things that you want to accomplish. These words that you have written can motivate you to turn those ideas into action.
4. Say ‘no’
If you don’t want to do something, just say ‘no.’ This may take some practice at first, but will ultimately give you the time to do what you want and need to do.
5. Connect with people
Connect with the right people, at the right time, the individuals who inspire you and who you can learn from. With social media, you can connect with these people easily. However, consider doing some old fashioned networking, such as conferences and industry events, as well.
6. Find time to disconnect
Additionally, you'll want to find time to unplug. Emails, texts, and social media notifications will distract you during your reinvention process. It may be hard to believe, but the world is not going to end if you don’t have a Facebook status update for a couple of days. And remember, automation in posting is always an option.
7. Show gratitude
At least once a day jot down something that you’re grateful for. When you’re stuck or feeling low, revisit that note. Remember to show your gratitude to your nearest and dearest who support you through thick and thin.
Try to dedicate at least one hour of each day in accomplishing your goals. Remember, knocking out those most important tasks first so that you can focus on the smaller tasks will also help you achieve you goal. And, don’t forget to use calendars. alarms, and apps to help you prioritize your tasks and keep you productive.
9. Be generous
There are numerous ways that you can be generous. It could be donating to a charity. Volunteering at a soup kitchen. Sharing your expertise by writing informative articles. If you support others, they’ll support you.
10. Find a mentor
Locate someone who can help guide through this journey. If you can’t find an actual mentor, you can always turn to the words of wisdom that other’s have shared in books, articles, online classes, or tweets.
11. Get rid of the stuff holding you back
Do you have a shirt that doesn’t fit, but you hold onto it because you like the style? How about that uncomfortable chair in your living room? The books collecting dust? Physical items can hold us back emotionally and physically since they either bring us down or just get in the way. Donate or throw away anything that’s holding you back from going forward.
12. Go shopping
You definitely shouldn't go out and max out your credit card. But, a new outfit can make you feel like a completely different person. For example, if you want to be taken more seriously as a professional, then go out and invest in a quality suit, new watch, or a fresh haircut.
Don’t just read. Read a lot. It’s one of the best ways to develop your mind, imagination, creativity, and discover new things. Here are some to get you started.
14. Take care of your health
Eat a balanced diet. Exercise. Get 8 hours of sleep. You’ve heard of this before, but you’ll need to take care of your health in order to go through this transitional period. And, don’t forget to take care of your emotional and mental well-being as well. Whether it’s meditating or going to counseling, your entire being needs to be in tip-top shape.
15. Explore new opportunities
Eat at a new restaurant. Visit a foreign country. Learn a new skill. Getting out of your comfort zone will help you grow as a person, discover new markets, and even lead you to discovering your true calling.
16. Get creative
As Seth Godin perfectly states, “Art is an original gift, a connection that changes the recipient, a human ability to make a difference. Art isn’t a painting or even a poem; it’s something that any of us can do. If you interact with others, you have the platform to create something new, something that changes everything. I call that art.”
17. Be patient
Reinventing yourself takes time. In fact, it could take up to five years. Use this time to perfect your new skills or achieve your goals.
18. Savor silence
Whether it’s taking time to meditate or just sitting still for a couple of hours doing nothing, finding some quiet time allows you to clear you read and re-evaluate your goals.
19. Seek inspiration
What did you used to be passionate about? What inspires you? We sometimes lose track of that during the hustle and bustle of life. If you can’t remember, recall your childhood. What things were you excited about? Once you’ve found your inspiration, take action. If you’ve always wanted to paint, then start painting.
20. Celebrate little things
As I mentioned earlier, reinvention doesn’t occur overnight. It’s a lengthy process. That’s why it’s important to celebrate all of those little accomplishments.
21. Chose freedom
Don’t listen to the naysayers who are planning your life for you - even if it’s your family. Do what you want to do. It’s your life. They might get a little disappointed at first, but ultimately they’ll have to respect your decision.
22. Listen and ask questions
You’d be surprised at how much you’ll learn if you actually stop and listen to people. Also, don’t forget to follow-up with a question or two. Not only will you learn something new, you’ll strengthen that relationship.
23. Turn weaknesses into strengths
We all have weaknesses. Instead of using them to hold you back, turn them into a strength. For example, introverts may not be the life of the party. But, they’re excellent listeners. They could use that trait to their advantage when networking or learning new skills.
24. Panic every once in awhile is normal
This is a lengthy and trying process. It’s acceptable to freak out every now and then. If you need a day to decompress while binge watching Netflix or goofing off with your friends, then do it. Just don’t make it a habit.
25. Revisit your vision
Make the time either first thing in the morning or before you go to bed to revisit and reconnect with your vision. It’s easy to get off-track because of distractions or the trials that you face, so taking this time keeps you motivated to keep moving forward.
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