Everyone, on some level, loves the idea of achieving their full potential, realising their dreams, and overcoming the obstacles that confront them.
New Year’s resolutions are based on the fundamental human need for fresh starts, self-reinvention, and the pursuit of meaningful goals, after all.
The thing is, there are obviously all sorts of obstacles that are bound to come your way when you actually do try to set off on a journey of improvement and self-development – and it can be all too easy to become disheartened, and to feel overwhelmed, as a result.
According to various experts, the trick lies largely in making ongoing systematic improvements, in a way that is sustainable over time.
Here are a few tips for making systematic improvements in your everyday life.
- Identify small habits and incremental steps you can take that will address a larger issue over time
If you are always focusing on big picture goals, there is a good chance that you will find yourself feeling more or less perpetually daunted by the magnitude of the challenges that confront you.
After all, trying to achieve a goal such as “eliminating all debt” is going to be a serious undertaking, and certainly not the kind of thing that you will be able to achieve in a weekend unless you’ve just won the lottery.
What you can do, however, is to take incremental steps in the right direction, such as by working to decrease debt to income ratio.
Small, everyday habits that nudge you slightly more in the right direction, moment by moment, are an excellent way of progressing towards your goals reliably, without burning out in the process.
- Try out a few different lifestyle interventions to optimise your energy levels
A lot of people are very hard on themselves for their failure to achieve their goals, and to live the most productive lives possible – and will often chastise themselves for being “lazy” and “disorganised.”
While it may be the case that you need to work on things like your time management and your organisation, however, what at first seems to be “laziness” is often actually a chronic lack of energy which leads to underachievement as a secondary consequence.
One of the best things you can do in order to systematically improve your life, is to try out various dietary and lifestyle interventions to optimise your energy levels.
One of the biggest breakthroughs in this regard at the moment is intermittent fasting – with various forms of fasting being shown by research to significantly improve energy levels, mental function, and health in a variety of ways.
- Have daily rituals in place to help boost your positivity and motivation
It’s all very well to work hard and to have a clear set of goals – but at some point, you will need to take steps to properly replenish your motivation and tend to your overall sense of positivity, if you want the improvements you are experiencing to be sustainable.
Having daily rituals in place to help boost your productivity and motivation is an excellent “hack” for maintaining positive momentum.
Your personal motivation-boosting rituals might include things like reading a list of powerful quotes, listening to some uplifting songs, or reading encouraging literature.
Just be sure to “recharge your motivation batteries” regularly.