By Joan Muschamp | January 09, 2013 at 06:01 PM EST | 5 comments
Self-improvement tips abound, particularly at the beginning of a new year. Not to be outdone, I’m going to weigh in with 5 I think are truly valuable. And yes, a couple of these are on my list to work on as well.
I think I’m motivated to write this post so I pay more attention to the ones that trip me up. It’s the "say it in public" part that makes it more compelling.
- Take care of your body—you only have one. When you feel better, you perform better and increase well-being.
- Take care of your heart—cherish those you love and who love you. Do little things amidst the bigger occasions to demonstrate your love. Read the 5 Love Languages to get a deeper understanding of your significant other’s responses and Love Yourself Successful to learn how to prepare your life and surroundings to welcome love and success.
- Take care of your soul—take time for yourself, so you recharge, rest, or heal if necessary. Learn your style—not everyone meditates with chanting, so figure out what recharges you.
- Take time to learn what brings you joy—instead of deciding you don’t have a passion, look at it differently. What would you do each day if you had the financial resources to pull it off? Delve into that and figure out why. Maybe you can’t make a living doing it, but it might be motivation enough to earn enough so you can spend more time doing something you prefer.
- Take time to say these things daily—and mean it. This post by Jeff Haden reminds us that much of what makes us better people is in little things. How often do we vent on others around us without thinking, yet never give praise? Incorporating these words/actions into our lives will make us happier, and those around us too.