Self help tactics come in a myriad of forms. Sometimes they require tremendous effort and energy just to stay focused. Sometimes, however, all we need to do is implement small and more gradual changes, changes that require much less energy but that in the long run accomplish the same purpose.
The most critical way to improve your mental outlook and sense of purpose is to believe in something larger than yourself. Search for something (a cause, a purpose, a religion, etc.) that moves you. You must believe in this intrinsic merits of this cause in themselves; if you pursue it simply for your own benefit, you will be disappointed. Find something you believe in and immerse yourself in it.
A great self help tip is to try stopping yourself whenever you’re thinking negative thoughts. We all have the ability to rewire our thinking patterns. By stopping yourself when you think a negative thought, you’ll be more aware of your thoughts and you’ll find yourself feeling much better.
Don’t be afraid to share ideas with other people. Especially if you work in the creative industry, try sharing ideas with family, friends and your peers. The old days of keeping your ideas to yourself are over. If you keep jumping from idea to idea without feedback, then you can’t possibly know what is working and why.
When you’re trying to improve your life, write your goals down. Writing goals down makes them concrete. It also gives you something to visualize every day. Your goals should be clear, concise and contain a time frame. Doing this can make your goals a reality sooner, rather than later.
To give yourself a fresh perspective expose yourself to new ideas and new experiences. Experiencing new things, even in an unrelated field, will make you look at things in a completely different way. This can jump-start your creative juices and the new perspective may help you find new solutions to old problems.
Always remember that depression is not a part of you. It is something that afflicts your being. You have to persevere and seek the right help, and always remember this too shall pass. Acknowledge your depression, but make sure you are not associating the idea that you are your depression.
One of the best ways to identify an unknown ‘anxiety trigger’ is to regularly keep a ‘worry journal.’ This is where you can document the circumstances that preceded the attack. At first, you may not notice any trends, but over time it may be easier to identify. Perhaps you have certain patterns that are tied to your anxiety – write it down.
To increase your personal development, you need to have a full understanding of the things you become involved in. You need to learn the “how” and “why” of everything you are doing. It is okay to ask all the questions you have. This will only strengthen your personal development.
To help you improve yourself personally, exercising everyday is essential. Exercise can help you improve your focus, enhance your ability in a variety of sports and generally improve your health and well being. Exercise is also key to personal development since exercise releases endorphins, which are a mood enhancer and promote a more positive outlook on life.
Find a mentor. One of the most powerful forms of learning is by mirroring best practices of those who are already where you want to be. Find someone that you want to emulate and study their lives. If it is realistic to approach this person, reach out to them and ask them for some one-on-one time. If you do get personal time with your mentor, come in prepared with relevant questions you want to ask. Otherwise, you will just be wasting your time and theirs.
Knowing does not mean understanding. A knowledgable person can even seem overbearing and pompous. If you are going to take the time to seek knowledge, also take the time to learn knowledge. Anyone can spout facts and data from memory, however, taking the time to understand and research the depth of the subject creates wisdom.
In order to begin to appreciate yourself and become the person that you want to be, you will need to make the self proclamation of lowliness. Once you acknowledge the fact that you do not know everything, you will begin to learn, understand and improve things, that will increase your self-worth.
A great tip that can help you with your personal development goals is to not put all your eggs in one basket. If all you do is obsess about your progress, you’ll become impatient and you might lose motivation. Try focusing on many different things and not just your goal.
If we truly desire to change, we must depend on ourselves to effect that change. Indeed, we have to make deliberate and calculated efforts to insure it. Anything less only assures our failure. The steps delineated above pave the way towards change. It is up to us to follow that pavement.