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101 SELF IMPROVEMENT TIPS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER

Have you developed your true potential yet?

Do you actively plan your life, prioritize the tasks, and keep achieving all your goals?

If so, congratulations! You’re among 8 percent of people who actually achieve their goals.

However, if you’re the majority of 92 percent of the population who fail to accomplish their goals, don’t feel bad about yourself!

You can always change it.

You create your reality.

Yes, YOU.

Blaming other people, unfavorable circumstances, or the government won’t get you anywhere with your life.

All you need is to commit to constant growth, have an actionable plan, and be motivated enough on your goal in order to achieve it.

This comprehensive list of 59 self-improvement tips will help you figure out how you can improve your life in many areas of your life.

So, let’s get started!

MONEY

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1. Live frugally.

Being intentional with your spending and eliminating unnecessary expenses from your monthly budget will help you prioritize the things that matter the most and have more money for saving, investing, and pursue your passion.

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2. Save an emergency fund.

Regardless of your financial goals and priorities, having accessible cash on your bank account will help you feel more secure and deal with problems as they come up.

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3. Spend less than you earn.

This rule is so simple and obvious, yet so hard for many people to follow. Spending less than you make frees up the money that you want to allocate into a bigger financial goal and create a better financial future.

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4. Find ways to make more money.

If you’ve implemented a frugal lifestyle, reduced expenses, yet you’re still not making enough money to cover all your living costs, it’s a sign that you need to start making more money. 

5. Get out of debt.

Debt is a drain on your finances. So are the interests that go along with it. Not only debt robs you of your money now, but it also steals from your future. Paying off your debt fast is necessary if you want to live a stress-free lifestyle and have more money on things you want to do!

6. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.

It seems so simple, yet a lot of people live with debts hanging over their heads. Remember the rule “If you can’t buy it twice, then you can’t afford it”. And remember, there’s more to life than a nice handbag or expensive shoes.

7. Set financial goals.

Setting financial goals is a vital part in achieving any financial success. Knowing what you’re striving for and following a plan can help you stay focused and confident that you’re on the right path.

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HEALTH

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8. Reduce the amount of processed food in your diet.

Decreasing the number of calories consumed on junk food not only loses your weight, but it also makes your hair and skin look better, and your brain function better.

9. Get enough sleep.

Getting enough sleep is extremely important if you want to think more clearly and be productive. It also affects your emotions and social interactions with other people as well as reduces your stress and puts you in a better mood.

It might be 6, 8, or 10 hours. Depending on what it is for you, make sure you get it. The quality matters just as much as the time sleeping.

10. Make your mental health a priority.

Take time out for things that you enjoy and find balance in your life. Remember to work on your mental health as much as you work on your physical health, they’re both super important!

11. Eat more greens.

Adding greens to your daily diet has lots of benefits. It supports your optimal brain function, makes your skin glow, relieves your stress, and boosts digestive enzymes.

12. Exercise regularly.

Once you get into the routine of exercising regularly it will boost your concentration, thinking, and learning skills as well as improve your mood and mental health overall.

13. Increase the number of fruits in your diet.

Fruits are great sources of essential vitamins and minerals and provide lots of health-boosting antioxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

14. Use more natural-based products.

Natural-based products are not only better for the environment, but they are also much safer for your health. This will result in you feeling better and looking better.

15. Limit drinking soda.

Instead of drinking soda with tons of sugar, opt for sparkling water. In the beginning, it can be hard to quit as sugar is highly addictive but in the long run, it will have a great impact on your body and well-being.

16. Lower your caffeine consumption.

Caffeine has been proven to raise blood pressure levels due to the stimulatory effect it has on the nervous system, which is why reducing its intake will benefit your health. You can begin to substitute cold caffeinated beverages with water.

17. Drink less alcohol.

Cutting down on alcohol will have all kinds of benefits like lower blood sugar, weight loss, fewer headaches, and heartburns.

18. Add superfoods to your diet.

Things like berries, avocado, and apples are high in vitamins and mineral content that can help your body ward off diseases and keep you healthier. When you implement these foods into a well-balanced diet, these foods can promote heart health, weight loss, improve energy levels and even reduce the effects of aging.

19. Quit unhealthy habits.

Smoking and drinking are probably the worst habits that you could ever develop. Not only they rob you from your money but also have an extremely harmful and devastating effect on your health.

20. Leave the house every day.

You should aim to leave the house every day for at least 20-30 minutes. Spending time away from home can help balance your energy so that when you get indoors, you’ll be in a better mood. Plus, the fresh air will do you good.

21. Create an exercise routine.

Regular exercising not only helps you lose weight and get more muscles, but it also greatly increases your energy level, makes you feel happier, and helps with brain health and memory.

22. Walk instead of driving.

If the distance you have to travel is relatively short, choose walking, instead of driving. It will pay off in a better physical condition.

23. Choose organic whenever possible.

Because organic foods are usually more expensive, only buy them whenever you can. They will be benefiting your health in the long run.

24. Sit up straight.

Good posture is important because it maximizes the excessive force that muscles and joints need to absorb. Your posture also impacts how much pressure you get on your lower back and other muscles and joints.

25. Listen to your body energy’s cues.

With practice listening and responding to your body’s messages, you’ll be more likely to feel stronger, happier, healthier, and more empowered. Along all of these things comes trust in yourself, which is huge as it’s the enemy of anxiety and insecurity.

CAREER

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26. Pursue a career that is your passion.

While choosing your career path, don’t make high earning your criteria number one. Instead, find something that you’ll be interested in doing. If you’re truly passionate about something, you’ll always find ways to earn good money.

27. Find a coach or mentor.

If you figured out, what would you like to be doing, but don’t know how to get started, finding a mentor is a good option. Having someone you trust and who is already where you would like to be with your career can pay off big time.

Having a mentor that has already achieved something we want will allow you to get encouragement and support for growth and improvement. You’ll also be able to receive useful feedback on behavior, learn from the experiences of others, and become more empowered to make decisions.

28. Quit the job you hate.

There’s absolutely no point in staying in a job that doesn’t serve you. Life is too short to waste it on something you that you hate doing.

29. Develop new skills.

Learning new skills not only can help you be better at the job you’re doing but also prepare you for new challenges when it comes to a career change and life in general.

30. Outsource what you can.

Outsourcing means hiring someone outside of the company to do some kind of service in order to increase efficiency, get faster and better services oftentimes using time-zone advantage.

31. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Finding someone who’s good at what you need to learn from them and get things done according to their guidance is a huge time-saver and productivity booster.

32. Don’t let anyone tell you what choice is best for you.

You are the only person you’ll have to spend the rest of your life with. Don’t you think that it would be better if you made choices that make you happy and are good for you, instead of pleasing everyone around you?

33. Learn from your mistakes.

Remember that the most important life lessons you will ever learn will be from the bad decisions that you’ve made. Developing the wisdom to make good decisions will prevent you from running the risk of repeating your mistakes.

34. Be open to new opportunities.

Discarding limiting thinking patterns, stepping out of your comfort zone, and taking up challenges is what will help you grow and discover the abundance that surrounds you.

PEOPLE

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35. Find time for your loved ones.

Always remember to find time to spend it with your loved ones. Keep them on your priority list and give them your full attention when you’re with them. After all, it’s what makes life worthwhile.

36. Learn how to say sorry.

Saying “sorry” restores the dignity of the hurt person and makes them feel better. Making an apology can also help with getting back trust and better understanding with people.

37. Give before you take.

“The most successful relationships I have built are with people I do more for than they do for me. I give, give, give, give, give, then ask.” – Paul C. Brunson

38. Unfollow people who don’t inspire you.

In order to control your social media happiness, make sure that people who come up on your feed bring something valuable to your way. But there also might be someone whose posts or photos don’t make you happy anymore. If so, unfollow this person immediately.

38. Unfollow people who don’t inspire you.

In order to control your social media happiness, make sure that people who come up on your feed bring something valuable to your way. But there also might be someone whose posts or photos don’t make you happy anymore. If so, unfollow this person immediately.

40. Show kindness to the people around you.

Just by simple smiling or saying hello” to a stranger walking down the street can make someone’s day better. Showing kindness and doing good for others is just as rewarding as receiving it from other people.

41. Stop gossiping.

Gossiping is a very bad habit that can make you a negative person in other people’s eyes. By repeating all the same negative stuff all over again will push people away from you.

42. Prioritize your partner over your work.

Many people nowadays pursuing a career as a main objective. But remember that at the end of your life your regrets will be about people, not work. So, don’t forget about those who should be the most important and make every moment count.

43. Surround yourself with like-minded people.

We become like the individuals to whom we choose to expose ourselves. Being with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel will infect you with the behaviors and attitudes that helped them achieve their success. Remember, energies are contagious.

44. Create ways to meet new people.

One of the best ways to improve yourself is by meeting new people. Not only does this give you a chance to practice social skills, but also exposes you to new ways of looking at the world.

45. Put more effort into building good relationships with people.

Relationships that we create with other people are essential to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Instead of treating them as you would like to be treated, treat them as they would like to be treated.

46. Cut out people who don’t make you feel good about yourself.

You don’t need to tolerate people who make you feel bad about yourself. When you notice that someone’s patterns dictate that their ego matters more to them than you do, cut them off immediately.

47. Avoid negative people.

By having a strong will of staying away from negative and toxic people, you build internal strength and peace. You need to understand that life is too short to spend it on dealing with people who kill your vibe.

48. Mix with different cultures.

Each culture is beautiful in its own way and you can learn so much about different people’s behaviors just by being around people from different parts of the world.

 

PRODUCTIVITY

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49. Make to-do lists.

Making to-do lists encourages you to organize your work and concentrate first on the most important things instead of spending time on irrelevant stuff. As all the tasks are on paper and out of your head, it also makes you feel less overwhelmed.

50. Focus on one task at a time.

Doing only one thing at a time helps you to remember better, get more done in less time, give more attention to your work, and work smarter, not harder.

In fact, it’s impossible to focus on two tasks at once. Multitasking means doing a mediocre job of everything, because instead of fully focusing on one thing, we spread it thin, which prevents us from diving deep into any of our tasks.

51. Take breaks in between your work.

Taking short breaks (5 to 5 minutes) every hour or so, and long breaks (at least 30 minutes) every 2 to 4 hours is important in recovering from stress, which in return can improve your performance.

Also, taking regular breaks will help you make better decisions, stay focused over long periods of time, and spark creative ideas and solutions.

52. Keep track of your habits.

Unlike a simple to-do list, tracking your habits can be used for quitting bad habits, implementing new ones, or even keeping track of the things that you’re already doing.

Also, habit trackers help you with becoming more mindful of your behaviours and encourage self-accountability.

53. Write everything down.

Writing things down has an amazing impact on improving your productivity. It helps you remember your thoughts and ideas, frees up your mind by letting the paper remember everything for you.

54. Keep a calendar.

One of the easiest ways to boost your productivity is to keep a calendar. Having a schedule will help you be more focused, organized, and productive. Otherwise, if you don’t schedule your time effectively, your mind will be scattered all over the place.

So, in order to get started on creating your own master calendar, remember about jotting down all of your recurring dates and activities, and make important deadlines stand out.

EDUCATION

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55. Invest money in your education.

Education is the only life-long investment. Knowledge is the power that no one can take away from you. It gives you more opportunities and helps you with making smarter financial and life decisions.

56. Educate yourself daily.

Educating yourself on a daily basis is a crucial part of success as you learn how to think like other people who already achieved something that you want. It also makes you think beyond the limitations and helps you create a more positive mindset that is aimed at success.

57. Read more books.

The benefits of reading more books include strengthening your brain, building more advanced vocabulary, reducing stress, developing more creative thinking, and making you more empathetic.

58. Listen to podcasts.

Podcasts are a really great way to learn new things in the car or during a workout. They can provide you lots of free value and entertainment.

59. Read at least one inspiring article a day.

Reading inspiring blog posts and books helps you grow and develop. It also helps you stay motivated on your goal and learn how you can get things done.

SELF-CARE

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60. Take time for basic self-care.

Practicing self-care can help you increase positive thinking and make you more susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety, and other emotional health issues.

There are many types of self-care that you can embrace, such as ensuring you get enough sleep every day or taking a time off to recharge your batteries.

61. Learn how to spend time alone.

Spending time alone is one of the forms of self-care. Those who regularly practice this routine are generally happier, calmer, and have more energy to solve their problems and optimize their life.

62. Create your morning routine.

Creating and sticking to your morning routine will help you experience less stress as you know exactly what you need to in order to get ready for work or simply just start your day productively. It also allows you to better control your schedules and stay focused on things that are a priority.

63. Don’t compare yourself to anyone.

Comparing yourself to others breeds a feeling of envy, low self-confidence and compromises your ability to trust others. If you spend your days comparing yourself to other people’s achievements, it will stall your progress and you’ll never get anything achieved.

Invest your energy into pursuing your own passions and dreams. Remember, always compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to whom someone is today.

64. Listen to affirmations.

Listening to affirmations regularly helps you become more mindful and aware of things that surround you and thoughts that are filling your head. They can also help you change your limiting beliefs and open your mind to new possibilities and the world’s abundance.

65. Start a journal.

Daily journaling keeps your thoughts organizes, helps you understand the complexity of your problems, and find the right solution. It also allows you to self-reflect, relieves stress, set and achieve your goals, as well as boosts your memory comprehension.

Journaling is an awesome way to get to know yourself more, work on your mindset, and let negative emotions go.

66. Meditate.

Even 15 minutes of meditation a day can incredibly benefit your emotional wellbeing, helping with getting better focus and concentration, lower your anxiety, and enhances your self-awareness.

67. Practice mindfulness.

Practicing mindfulness can help you relieve the stress, decrease the anxiety, improve the ability to focus attention, making us more resilient to difficult emotions.

68. Set boundaries.

Another great way to work on yourself is to set boundaries in relationships with other people. Letting people know what’s okay and what’s not okay is a good way to ensure that you’re being treated in ways that meet your needs.

69. Write 5 things you’re grateful for every day.

This little habit rewires your brain and unleashes everything that is great in your life. When you start practicing it, you’ll start appreciating things that you used to take for granted a lot more.

70. Replace negative self-talk with self-love statements.

Start by following this simple rule: Never say something to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought comes to your mind, try to rationally evaluate it and respond with the opposite thought and affirmations of what is good about you.

71. Spend more time in nature.

Being in nature has many health benefits such as an increase in sense of well-being, reduce anger, anxiety, and stress. It also stimulates brain function and makes people a lot more creative and productive.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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72. Set goals for all areas of life.

Setting your goals gives you a sense of purpose in life and better clarity in making decisions. It also provides you with a direction and destination to follow. You have a clearer focus on what is important and once you achieve your goal it gives you a sense of personal satisfaction.

73. Learn to control your temper.

Does your blood pressure rocket when something isn’t going the way you wanted? Anger is a normal emotion in such a situation but it’s important to deal with it in an appositive way. So, before you get to rage and say something you’ll regret later, take a few moments to collect your thoughts. Once you’re calm, express your frustration and state your needs directly, without hurting anyone.

74. Take a risk.

If you have a goal to achieve, it will require you to take a risk and facing the fear of uncertainty. No matter the outcome, either way, the process that you’ll go through will make you more resilient and confident. Better yet, building those skills will improve your chances of achieving future goals.

So, be bold, you might be surprised how much you can actually achieve!

75. Align your decisions to your core values.

Your core values are the thing that you believe is important in the way you live and work. That is why they should always dictate the choices you make and determine the direction that your life takes.

76. Do something that you’ve never done before.

If you want to get to where you have never been before, you must be willing to do things you have never done.

77. Learn how to think positively.

A happy mind equals happy life. Regular positive thinking will help you develop inner peace, success, improved relationships, and personal satisfaction.

78. No electronics for at least 1 hour before sleep.

Although it seems so normal for most people and many consider it as a harmless habit, using electronics late in the evening can have very damaging effects on your sleep habits. The lights that your phone or computer emit give your brain signals that it’s still time to be awake and alert.

79. Do something that makes you happy every day.

Each day presents an opportunity to find delight, whether in your surroundings, relationships, or actions. Look inside and outside yourself to discover and appreciate the things that make you happy.

80. Give yourself something to look forward to.

It’s mind-blowing how quickly our lives can become boring if we don’t have something to look forward to. Most people wait far too long for that once-a-year vacation or some special event.

It is not enough. You should have an abundance of good things to look forward to every single day. It can be a simple thing, which is often the most rewarding and bring us happiness.

81. Write a letter to your future self.

When you write a letter to your future self and read it in 10 or 15 years you can measure the goals achieved with regards to your past self and see how different your thinking and priorities were back then.

82. Declutter your space.

Decluttering your space will help spend less time caring, cleaning, and searching for your stuff. It also saves you money, reduces stress and anxiety as well as boosts your productivity and creativity.

83. Spend less time on things that don’t matter.

Be conscious of where you spend your time. Successful people are successful because they use their time wisely and spend most of their time working on their goals.

84. Step out of your comfort zone.

“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Roy T. Bennett

Stepping out of your comfort zone gives you an amazing opportunity to grow as a person, learn more about yourself, and increase your self-confidence once you achieve something that you used to be afraid of.

85. Be responsible for your life.

To achieve success, you need to realize that your life is created by you, and only you. All your thoughts, feelings, words, habits, behavior, and actions that you’re taking now will impact what your life will look like in the future. Stop blaming others for your failures and misfortunes and take action.

86. Find ways to relieve your stress.

Stress has an incredibly devastating effect on everyone who experiences it. It can cause depression, anxiety, and many other mental disorders, which is why finding ways to relieve it is so crucial. Some of them could be finding an activity that you’ll enjoy and exercising regularly, meditation, listening to relaxing music.

87. Let go of the past.

The healthy way to move on with your life is to let go of the past and stop being emotionally attached to it. You can’t move forward in your own life if you’re constantly thinking about the hurt, unmet expectations, loss, hopes, and dreams from the past.

88. Watch less TV.

Complete quitting TV is beneficial for your brain functioning and increases your quality of life as you have more time to engage with other activities that have a better influence on your psychological health.

89. Go somewhere you’ve never been before at least once in a year.

Exploring new places and cultures helps you discover the world, get a new perspective on daily things, and allows you to meet new people.

90. Learn a new language.

The benefits of learning a new language are huge. People who have the ability to speak more than one language have improved memory and present problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as better concentration.

91. Overcome your fears.

It doesn’t matter at what moment in life you’re now. Remember, there is a way out of every situation. If you put enough effort into working on yourself, you’ll overcome every issue you’re struggling with now and learn how to embrace risk-taking. Your life is in your hands.

92. Train your willpower.

Your willpower is your ability to resist short-term gratification in pursuit of long-term goals. It helps you win your internal battles and say yes to things that will lead you closer to your objective.

Training your willpower will allow you to do things that you need to do even if you won’t feel like doing them. It will make the impossible possible.

93. Embrace change.

The world is changing all the time, there is no escape from this. And if you want to grow on your personal development journey, you can’t see change as adversity, but an opportunity to improve yourself and try new things.

You should be positive about your situation, capabilities, and ability to adapt to change.

94. Challenge yourself.

The more challenges you take up and the more you succeed at them, the greater is your self-confidence about being able to do them again. Challenges not only help improve your skills but also help you grow as an individual, build self-discipline, and achieve more goals.

95. Find people who inspire you.

I think this is one of the most powerful life hacks than the people you choose to surround yourself with. No matter what you’re doing, people can change everything. They can either drag you down or lift you up, so choose wisely who you hang out with!

96. Exercise your strategic and logical thinking.

If you think that strategic thinking is only for senior executives, think again. It is important for all of us. It helps you reason through important decisions, solve problems, generate creative ideas, and set goals, which are all necessary for improving your life and developing your career.

97. Be accountable.

You are responsible for your own progress and what you are doing today will impact where you will be tomorrow.

It’s your job to initiate the steps in your personal development journey. You own the result and there is no one else to blame for your failures.

98. Pick up a new hobby.

Finding a new thing that you’ll be passionate about increases your level of happiness and create new challenges in your life and boosts your confidence.

Learning something new will require you to stretch yourself in different aspects, which is why it’s a good way to improve yourself daily.

99. Follow your passion.

In every action that you take, make sure that you always follow your heart and that the decisions you take are in line with your values. When you follow your passion, you become happier and feel more uplifted with your peace of mind.

100. Start now.

Do something about your personal development today. Naturally, it will take some time to achieve lasting change, so the sooner you start the better. You can achieve whatever you want. Don’t become a pro at crastination!

101. Keep going and never give up.

When you hit a slow point or things don’t seem to get moving, don’t give up. Remember that everyone has ups and downs and they are a normal part of life.

Your personal development plan needs to be achievable and balanced. Remember why you started in the first place, find your rhythm and go with the flow.

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18 thoughts on “101 SELF IMPROVEMENT TIPS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER”

  1. You’ve assembled a phenomenal collection of life changing tips. I feel they should be packaged and shared with teens and young adults.

      1. These tips are so nice and varied that I’ve had to bookmark this post. It’s something I’ll def be consulting from time to time. Well done!

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