“Do not stop trying to improve yourself” – Confucius
We often complain of our existence, cursing our misfortune or envying the good fortune of others.
But, in fact, what do we do every day to improve our reality?
The simple truth is that to make your life better, whether it’s your health, your relationships or your financial status, the basic step you need to take is to start improving yourself.
Use part of your time to become master of your mind, take care of your body and nourish your spirit, will allow you to create greater value, depth and vitality to your life.
To achieve this goal it is essential to get busy every day, strive daily to grow and work hard to improve spirit, body, and mind.
Commit yourself to become the person you dream of being.
Start doing what you always wanted to do and you never did because you thought you were too young, too poor, too rich or too old. Start living your life to the fullest.
Here are 7 steps to start making a change in your life:
1 – Manage your thoughts
You’re what you think. The words you repeat to yourself and the thoughts that you elaborate in your mind define the perception you have of yourself. And this perception determines the actions you perform every day.
If you perceive yourself as a non-trustworthy good in yourself, the only actions you will be able to accomplish will be in line with this image. Similarly, if you perceive yourself as a positive, courageous and energetic individual, then your actions will be in line with these qualities.
2 – Train your character
Take care of your character every day, the same way you take care of your body through exercise. Your character can be trained, defined and sculpted exactly like a muscle. To do this, you must strive to shape it every day.
Your thoughts determine your actions. Your actions determine your habits. Your habits determine your character. And your character determines your destiny. Act with courage, honesty, integrity, passion, humility, and altruism. Follow your heart. Everything else will come by itself.
3 – Get up early in the morning
Try to get up with the sun and start the day. Many of us sleep more than necessary. In fact, each of us needs no more than six hours of sleep to be awake and fit during the day.
Sleeping is nothing more than a habit and as such can be changed. And like any other habit that we try to change, in the early days even the attempt to wake up earlier in the morning will not be easy to put into practice. But soon, after a few days, you will realize the immense benefits of the new habit. So welcome the initial fatigue and wait for the results with confidence!
4 – Embrace simplicity
Choose to live a simple life. Try not to complicate what is wonderfully simple. Avoid living in the chaos of many small things. Focus only on your priorities, those activities that really have meaning relevant to you. You will gain a peaceful, rewarding and meaningful existence in line with your priorities.
You are not obliged to live with the same frantic pace with which you have led your existence so far. You can choose to slow down and embrace simplicity, at all times. Stop to smell the flowers along the path of life.
5 – Do not be scared of loneliness
Friends are the most wonderful thing we can have. But it is also important for our well-being to know how to be alone with ourselves and to be able to confront ourselves with our deepest self. Try to include in your every day a moment in which to stay alone with yourself, in total peace and quiet, even if only for 15 minutes or half an hour.
Savor the beauty and power of silence and start to know you, to observe you for what you really are. By simply taking time to be alone with yourself, your mind will calm down and you will appreciate a deep sense of well-being and peace.
6 – Take care of your body
Take care of your body as you take care of your mind. Take time out every day to train your body and keep it fit, healthy and youthful. Circulate your blood, pump your heart, make your body move. You can run, do gymnastics, practice any sport or just take a good walk.
Yoga is an extremely effective discipline to maintain an energetic physique and unlock your vital reserves, helping you to rejuvenate your body and keep your mind focused. In taking care of your body, do not forget the importance of breathing: do not keep it to a minimum, but exploit it in all its wonderful potential.
7 – Check what you eat
Many of us are not aware of this, but sometimes one of the main sources of our discomfort and discontent is to be found in the food we ingest. Fatty, fried and unhealthy foods have an extremely negative impact on our lives. An unhealthy diet drastically reduces our physical and mental energy, invalidates our good mood and obscures the clarity of our mind.
The sense of drowsiness is often linked to an incorrect diet. Try to orient yourself as much as possible towards a vegetarian diet: fruits and vegetables are a real panacea for your body and your mind.