We can psyche ourselves out by taking on too much. It’s not necessary to move a mountain in a weekend to grow as a person. Doing a little bit each day is more than 99% of the people are willing to do.
You don’t have to be a superstar each day to become a superstar, you just have to be willing to take a step in that direction each day.
There are plenty of little things you can do that won’t tax your mind or body to any significant degree. The key is to continuously make progress.
Do the little things that lead to greater self-development:
- Read something useful each night. Head to bed 20 minutes early and spend the extra time reading something that will aid your self-development. Twenty minutes per day is over 120 hours per year. You can learn a lot in that time.
- Replace one bad habit with one good habit. Pick one simple bad habit, perhaps drinking too much diet soda. Replace it with a positive habit, maybe drinking plain water. Dropping one negative thing and adding a positive is a powerful strategy.
- Practice patience. We have a need for patience each day and plenty of opportunities for practice. Standing in line, waiting at the doctor’s office, sitting in traffic, and dealing with insufferable people. Use the opportunities to practice being patient. Take a deep breath and relax.
- Create a mission statement. What is your life about? You might not have ever given it a thought. How can you develop yourself in the right way if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want your life to mean? Put your thoughts down on paper.
- A mission statement can save you a lot of time. When you’re faced with a challenging decision, remind yourself of your mission. Not sure how to spend your day? Go back to the mission statement.
- Prioritize your focus. One way to accelerate your progress is to concentrate on fewer things. Cut back on the breadth of your ambitions and focus on the couple of most important things in your life. Give the most important things the attention they deserve.
- Try something new. If you want to expand your comfort zone and gain a new perspective, try something new. It might be going to a Korean restaurant for the first time, taking a pottery class, or joining a softball team. Break out of your routine and give something new a try.
- Forgive others. Research suggests that nothing is more emotionally freeing than forgiveness. No matter how terrible the transgression, you can help yourself out a lot by letting it go. Move on.
- Review your day. You’re making the same mistakes day after day and don’t even realize it. Record your mistakes at the end of the day and decide to never repeat them again. It’s simple to do, but not easy. You’ll be surprised how strong your habits can be.
Avoid the belief that you must take on a spectacular task to develop yourself. Just focus on placing a brick each day.
Your wall of success will eventually become quite spectacular without you have to do anything spectacular.
The little things each day eventually make a huge difference. This is a comfortable way to approach life, too.