When you’re young, you don’t have a care in the world. Unfortunately, this doesn’t last. As you get older, you’ll have more to worry about and more stress in your life. We typically get so focused on our everyday lives that we give up the dreaming we did as kids.
When you think about it, there’s really more than one version of yourself. There’s the you that lives your daily life, and there’s the you that’s your best self. We can’t all be the best version of ourselves every day, and no one’s best self is the same as someone else’s.
It’s possible that you may not have met your best self yet, but as you continue on your journey through life, you can learn who you want that person to be. There are ways that you can make your journey to becoming your best self easier and more fulfilling. Here are a few steps that you can take right now.
Start Taking Care of Yourself
The first step you can take is to make taking care of yourself a priority immediately. Make sure that you get enough sleep every night so that you’re not too stressed to be your best self. You should also take time for yourself, which can include anything from taking one a day a week to pamper yourself with hair care products that make you feel good about yourself or going to a spa.
Taking care of both your physical and mental health can get you started on the right path to becoming your best self. With a clear mind and healthy body, you can continue on with the rest of your journey.
Unlocking your potential to become your best self is allowing yourself to think bigger. We get stuck worrying about the day-to-day because it’s happening right in front of us. During this time, we accept more than we should just to get through the day. When you become fixated on the things that are bogging you down daily, it’s harder to see the possibilities that exist beyond them.
Thinking bigger can provide you with the opportunity you need to overcome any obstacles you may be imposing on yourself without knowing it.
Create a Vision
When you think about your life and where you want to end up, fast forward to when you’re old. Consider everything from the places you’ve traveled to and the things you’ve done, to your accomplishments. When you create this vision for your life, you can understand more about your values and goals. This will make it easier for you to not only set your goals but achieve them.
You can’t achieve goals if you don’t set them. When first starting out, your goals don’t have to be specific, and you don’t have to give yourself any timeframe to achieve them. Just tell yourself that you want to achieve “X” one day. Goals can give you better direction when it comes to becoming your best self. While vague goals can help you get the ball rolling, if you can set more specific goals, it can help you create an action plan to make them happen.
You can set goals for every area of your life, from financial goals to emotional goals. You can start by setting shorter-term goals like meditating once a week and then move on to more long-term goals like buying a house.
Practicing gratitude can become part of taking care of your well-being because it’s time you take for yourself and yourself alone. Practicing gratitude can help you keep a positive attitude even when you’re stressed and feeling down. A positive mindset is crucial for your success in every aspect of your life. Take the time each day to account for what you’re grateful for to remind yourself of what you have going for you right now.
Getting into the habit of practicing gratitude daily, whether it’s when you first wake up or before you go to bed, can help you take a more positive and productive approach to life.
Along with taking time to practice gratitude, you should also take time to reflect on how far you’ve gone. By looking back, you can see which goals you’ve achieved and which you haven’t. If you’ve achieved goals, you can look at what you did to get there so that you can come up with the path of least resistance for your next set of goals. If you haven’t achieved your goals, you can either re-evaluate them or determine what next steps need to be taken in order to get you there.
Learn How to Thrive No Matter What
You’re going to be put into a lot of uncomfortable and difficult situations in your life. If you want to achieve your goals, you’re likely going to have to do things you either don’t want to do or have never done before. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is the only true way to become your best self.
New situations will help you grow and learn about new things so that you’re better prepared for them in the future. Try to be accepting of all opportunities that come your way no matter how much discomfort you feel.
While writing down what you’re grateful for and setting goals is important, they won’t mean anything if you don’t learn to take action to make them a reality. As part of your goal-setting process, make sure to include actionable steps that you can take to achieve your goals so that you know exactly what you need to do.
The more you begin committing to things, whether it’s self-care or gaining financial independence, the more comfortable you’ll feel taking the necessary actions. When you get used to taking action to get what you want, you won’t let fear get in your way.
Enjoy the Present
You only live once, which is why it’s so important to stop and enjoy where you are. While you might not be where you want to be just yet, it’s important that you take stock of what you do have so that you can enjoy your life. If you waste your time wishing for more, then you’ll never be the best you.
The journey will help you learn about yourself and the type of person you are so that you can achieve your goals and create the life you’ve always wanted.
Matt Casadona has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. He is currently a contributing editor for 365 Business Tips. Matt is passionate about marketing and business strategy and enjoys the San Diego life, traveling and music.