It was Aristotle who so wisely said "We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit." You've got to give it to him, Aristotle has a point. If you are looking to grow into the most beautiful and amazing person you could ever be, look no further! Here are 5 things to do everyday to become the person you want to be.
Plan it out
Take the time to plan out your months, weeks, and days! With no solid plan, it’s easy to fall into our usual patterns and habits. To see real growth and change, take 5 minutes at the beginning of each day to block out your time. Instead of aimlessly going about your day, having set amounts of time to work on projects, spend time with loved ones, and start new tasks will help you stay in control of your life. What are the areas in your life you want to improve on or change? Having a planner will allow you to engage in these areas instead of falling back into your usual routine. Set aside chunks of time in your day to learn whatever you’ve been itching to learn, read the books you’ve been dying to read, call the person you’ve been meaning to call, or whatever activity you need to do to grow as a person.
As cliche as it is to give advice to exercise, it truly is the one activity that will aid you best in your personal growth. Getting exercise doesn't need to be anything high-intensity or insane. All you need is a 30 minute walk to boost your mood, get your creative juices flowing, and kickstart your brain cells, according to this article by Forbes. Plus, once you get your exercise down for the day, you will feel more motivated to tackle your other intimidating tasks. From a Qi perspective, exercise also helps to unblock your energy and move it to a productive place. Consider exercise your physical, psychological, and emotional start button for the day.
To get to know your truest self, you must learn to get quiet. Taking the time everyday to stop and listen will allow your intuition to kick in, which will ultimately guide you in the right direction. Meditation is simple, especially with guided practices like the Calm app. Take 10 minutes out of your day to close your eyes, breathe, and become aware of your thoughts. The more you practice staying present, the easier it will become in day-to-day life. As an added bonus, you will learn how to control your thoughts, leading to less anxiety and depression.
Always make time to do the things you love! In fact, understanding what you love will help you get to the root of your true self. Playing as an adult can mean a plethora of things. It can be getting outside to play soccer or volleyball with a group of friends, going to your favorite spin class, reading a novel, making music, walking your dog, or even learning a new subject like astrology, another language, how to sew, or the art of massage. Whatever feels like play to you, go for it! Spend less time watching television and more time partaking in meaningful activities that will move your life forward.
Although it’s super important to make time for yourself, it can be greatly beneficial for your health and happiness to make the time to help others. In a nutshell, helping others can be a totally selfish act because the benefits are immense. “Helping others” can be everything from volunteering with a charity, to assisting your friends with a move, to doing a kind deed for a stranger. Regardless of the situation, making time to help other people can be fun because it brings people to together. According to this article by United Healthcare, helping others can improve your well-being, raise your self-confidence, extend your life expectancy, and encourage friendships that safeguard against stress and illness.