When we think about self-improvement, I think a lot of us think about dramatic, drastic changes in ourselves, lives and outlook.
We imagine, waking up one day, running five miles before the sun is up, meditating, drinking a kale smoothie, having a highly productive day, and each and every day at work, coming home and being a positive person to your partner and family and then wrapping the day off with journaling and some self-reflection about just how amazing the day went.
We do not imagine that the road to self-improvement could be simple.
We do not imagine that the road to self-improvement could be simply adding a ten-minute walk into our day after dinner because that is not enough.
We do not imagine that the road to self-improvement could be simply removing that daily habit of hitting the snooze button because that (small) action could not possibly be the reason each and every one of your days is a chaotic mess.
We do not imagine that the road to self-improvement could be simply stopping the negative self-talk and spending five minutes each morning thinking about three things you are truly grateful for because it just feels too silly to be meaningful.
We want the change to be dramatic, gigantic and completely unattainable because if the change is simple, small and attainable, then WE are the problem.
It is very easy to stay stuck in the same shitty situation you have been in for far too long when you make yourself believe that the life you want to lead is out of your reach, too hard and extremely complicated.
It becomes entirely unfathomable to think that you are the only obstacle in the way of your life’s desires.
Nothing is out of your reach, it is simply your mindset which is the limit.
The next time you think about that glossy, shiny, perfect version of yourself, think about one simple small change you could make which would get you an inch, nay, a millimetre closer to that goal.
Add that little positive task to your day and instead of thinking that it is a waste of time or not going to accumulate to anything substantial, simply perform the act for thirty days.
See how you feel after a month. Think about how much time it actually took to incorporate this little task into your life. Project on how it will be as you begin to add more and more little positivities into your daily routine.
When we focus on the big picture everything seems out of reach, but when you think about simply the day ahead or even just the next sixty minutes, accomplishment becomes much more attainable.
What you do over a lifetime is simply the accumulation of small, simple accomplishments.
You live a healthy life by making small, simple and healthy decisions each day.
You build a strong career by focusing on the priorities which are of highest need right now and put your full attention into them and do them well.
You build a strong family life by letting yesterday’s issues go and not projecting on what pain tomorrow might bring and simply enjoying and prospering in this day.
You will not accomplish everything in one day but you will amaze yourself at what you can accomplish when you quit wasting the day away by explaining why you cannot and simply do.