Baby steps to a better you

18 Oct

Perhaps you’re not depressed, stressed, anxious, or in need of big changes. You can still be a better you.  The world is moving forward, so if you’re stagnant you’re being left behind. There is always something that can be worked on in order to keep our spirits rejuvenated and refreshed.  Here are a few tips to being a better you:

Do the opposite of what is familiar

  • if you are embarrassed of your drawings or believe people may harshly judge your work, challenge yourself to draw in public (outside a coffee shop, in a busy part of town)
  • always have dinner at that one Italian place every friday? Switch it up and have sushi, or try to find a local wine tasting-meet new people who do the new thing you want to try.

Dress the part of the new you

  • is your closet full of blues, greys, and black? Buy an red piece! Red demands attention, and is considered a power color

Throw out mental trash

  • choose three items to eliminate from your own mind, for example guilt, irritability, and worry.  Whenever you find yourself feeling either of those things, mentally make yourself get up and empty the trash again.

Become Water

  • flow right over, through, and around the barriers in your life, then flood the plain with your creativity.

Ideals are not always ideal

  • articulate to yourself what it takes to achieve excellence with your work, understand the possible barriers that may be connected with excellence, then think of how you may improve your skills to face those barriers and overcome them.

Stubbornly keep loving yourself

  • its hard to keep loving ourselves when we feel disappointed with our lack of effort, lack of success, or inadequacy in our ideas.  You are not the same as the things that you do.  You are not your courage or your cowardice-you are a person who strives to be courageous, but is sometimes cowardly.  And that is okay.  Do not limit yourself to a handful of traits.

(Tips taken from Eric Maisel’s “The Creativity Book”)

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3 Responses to “Baby steps to a better you”

  1. GG October 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I love this list. Just as it took years for us to become critical and hard on ourselves – sometimes it can take years to deprogram these things. As long as we keep striving to love ourselves more and more, we’ll feel the benefits. Reading self-development books, repeating affirmations, going to church, joining groups/clubs with inspirational people….all these things help immensely.

  2. Jess J. October 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    I agree, wholeheartedly. We must allow ourselves the time to get better, often when we decide to we expect immediate results. However, its a daily decision to be a better you, and will be small daily changes. Affirmations and support groups definitely help, surrounding yourself with positive things as well. Everything in your life should reflect back wellness,positivity, and growth.

  3. ressurrection January 10, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    This is great!

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