Below are a few KEY self improvement ideas that are absolutely necessary to understand if you want to achieve your goals and dreams and have a life of inner peace and happiness.
I have no doubt that by reading this you are searching for a few self improvement ideas and new ways of improving your overall quality of life. Or maybe, you're searching for ways of just accepting your life as-it-is and achieving an inner peace and happiness. So which is it? Are we searching for ways to improve our lives or are we searching for ways of totally accepting our lives? This is a timeless question that has been around for centuries and there is no one absolute answer Different scholars, philosophers, and social scientists have different opinions. Some take a more Zen approach and believe that 100% acceptance is the way to end all suffering while the more Western approach says that over-the-top ambition and hard work is the path to achievement, success, and fulfillment.
Regardless of what personal growth tips you follow, and what you choose to believe, it will be very beneficial if you are able to hold the above paradox in your mind and understand that the pursuit of happiness is indeed a paradox and can be a little complicated at times. Occasionally it may be a good idea to look around at your world and be grateful for everything just as it is and other times you may need to suck it up and do some things you don't necessarily want to do in order to accomplish something that will make your life better in the future. Of all the self improvement ideas, tempering desire without attachment is the hardest to master.
Livia, the wife of Octavian (Caesar Augustus), and mother of Tiberius, was one of the most influential people in Rome and she is historically remembered as one of the most powerful Romans of her time not because of her position but because of her ability to influence others. One of the older self improvement ideas is that: "In five years you become the average of the five people you are around the most." While this may not be 100% true and there are certainly examples to the contrary it is very important that you understand the power that people can have in your life. Not only must you choose your friends and peers wisely but you must learn to know when people are positively influencing and when they are negatively influencing your life. You must understand our circle of influence and how other people affect your perspective. How you choose to let other people influence your decisions can literally make or break your self improvement journey.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not a singular act but a habit."
Not too many great accomplishments happen overnight. Memorable achievements typically take years and years of hard work and persistence. At the same time, lives are not typically ruined in a day or a week or a month. People usually hit "rock bottom" after several years of making poor decisions. This is why developing good positive habits and breaking old negative habits is an absolute must if you are to be successful. Not only must you cultivate constructive habits but, more importantly, you must learn to not let your in-the-moment emotional decisions override the habits you're working so hard to establish. You see, it’s not enough to talk positively to yourself, watch what you eat, or stay away from cigarettes ONLY when you are focused and motivated. The times when you are tired, upset, or even celebrating, is when you must not only rely heavily on your good habits but also mentally re-enforce the good habits you've worked so hard to establish.
“Thoughts are Things” is one of the core self improvement ideas covered in Napoleon Hill's famous self improvement book Think and Grow Rich. Yet, to this day, very few people understand how profound this is; however, to a success conscious individual, this is one of life's most precious secrets. "Thoughts are things" can be illustrated as follows: A small thought leads to a few more small thoughts that lead to larger more concrete thoughts. These larger thoughts attract similar thoughts which attract people of similar thoughts. This, in turn, leads to circumstances where these thoughts are shared and start taking shape as tangible goods, or services, feelings, or political ideas. If you think about it, thought vibrations are nothing but random energy waiting to be “assembled”. it is key to have a firm understanding that thoughts are as real as any physical thing and that your thoughts will most definitely shape the rest of your life!