With the myriad of techniques and tools for self improvement out there, it can be hard to choose the best options to achieve the desired results.
It is all very well going to a self help seminar and feeling hyped up for 24 hours, but if there is too much to remember, maybe nothing will be remembered.
It is like having too much choice when you are buying something…
… If you have a choice of red or blue this is easy…
… But if there are 5 shades of each, as well as 50 other colors, maybe you will postpone the decision altogether.
The same thing can apply to self improvement
The same thing can apply to self improvement. Whether physical, mental, vocational or anything else. There are 100’s or even 1000’s of different habits or techniques that can be learned in any endeavor.
But a 100 step action plan is likely to result in no action at all.
So we can help ourselves by focusing on the fundamentals. Here are some examples:
If you want to lose weight but lead a busy life where menu’s are difficult to plan in advance, and calorie counting or points counting and imaginary weighing of portions is unsustainable, try to break the situation down to just a few questions…
Or even just one question:
Which menu choice minimizes deep-fried, flour, sugar and chemical additives?
If you are starting out in business there are always 100 things to do. You could spend 40 hours a week just making sales calls, or just promoting your business through social media.
Keep a few questions in mind, or even one:
Is this activity likely to lead directly to a sale, create long-term goodwill, or save time in the future?
If you are embarking on a health and fitness journey…
… There are so many different ways to achieve this, some of the health and fitness techniques won’t really create and lasting benefit.
For example do not confuse rest and relaxation with health and fitness. Spending an afternoon in the sauna and spa might be relaxing, but will do little for your health and fitness.
Am I tracking what I am doing so that I can be honest with myself and see my progress? Did I do more/ lift more/ go faster/ than last week?
If people in your life are making you unhappy, or maybe if you are also guilty of perpetuating a toxic relationship, instead of spending your time looking at the nuances of each disagreement or social drama….
knowing what I know now, if I met this person again for the first time, would I start a relationship with them?
Know when you are on the wrong path. Persistence is only valuable if you are on the right path.
If you are having issues at work, and come home feeling drained, stressed or even angry… Instead of thinking about the petty battles with your boss, customers or co workers, or dwelling on the frustration of not being satisfied, appreciated or whatever.
Decide whether you are on the right track. You might hate your boss, but would you swap places with him? Is he also unhappy? Maybe you are still there because you are afraid to move, or have taken on too much consumer debt.
Ask? Is my ladder of success against the right building? If so, then what can I do to fix the situation? If you can’t think of anything then maybe it is time to look for a different building. If debt, fear, or inertia is stopping you then there are solutions for this that you can work towards.
Self improvement can be complicated, but it can also be very easy. Just break down the problem into simple questions, and simple action steps.