Simply the best

Becoming the best version of ourselves is something most of us strive for, but it’s important to think of it as an ongoing journey rather than a destination. It can be a daunting prospect, so if you want to take that journey of a thousand miles, here are a few ideas for your first steps.

Practise gratitude
Cultivating a positive mindset is key to good mental health and gives us the strong foundation we need for self-improvement. Noticing, savouring and feeling grateful for the good things in our lives – no matter how small – is an important pillar of a positive mindset. Try keeping a gratitude journal, starting or ending your day by writing down one thing you feel grateful for. It could be as significant as the love of a family member or as passing as beautiful morning light streaming through your window. 

Set small goals
Self-improvement can feel like an overwhelming task, particularly when it seems like there’s a gulf between where you are and where you want to be. Give yourself clear and achievable goals, breaking them down into manageable steps, so that progress feels realistic and achievable. Celebrate your progress as you go, even in small ways, and remember to keep setting yourself new goals which are within reach.

Embrace the present
Robert Burns famously observed in To a Mouse that “thou are blest, compared wi’ me! The present only toucheth thee”. He knew that to live in the present is indeed a blessing, and today there are numerous mindfulness practices which can help achieve that. These range from breathing techniques and meditation to mindful walking, wherein you head out for a stroll, observing fully the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings. 

Be open to change
Change often scares us but it’s true what they say; it’s as good as a rest. Instead of resisting it or viewing it negatively, remember that change is not only inevitable, it’s an essential component to personal growth. So, embrace it and reframe it in your mind as an opportunity for learning and transformation.

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