There are a lot of things one must improve on in life. If you do not make specific changes to your life, there is a high chance that you will remain where you are, without any possibility of progress. Having understood a lot from the lives of others, I have gathered a lot of experience on some of the things that one should improve on to live a better life.
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Things you should do to a better life
You should learn to improve on the power of purpose
To be able to live, one should have a purpose. To some people, that purpose becomes an obsession, and to others, it may just be something they know they have to fulfill. But to the average person, having a purpose should not be an obsession. However, it has to be something worth dying for or something that yields fruit shortly. There are a lot of things that derail us from finding our purpose.
One of those things is the power of the past. Some people are so held down by the power of the past that they do not have the courage to enter the future. Others suffer from the distractions of the present. There are a lot of things that distract us from the future. It could be social vices, peer pressure, or some other things. These are the two major factors that hinder us from harnessing the power of purpose.
With a list of purposes, you can be pulled toward the future. The great thing is the more powerful the purpose is, the stronger its pull. The power of purpose makes it possible for anyone to pull through all kinds of challenges, circumstances, and obstacles. The power of purpose also helps to sharpen the imagination and gets your mind working on ways to achieve a greater purpose. With a strong power of purpose, a working mind and spirit, and bright ideas to go with it, there is nothing one cannot achieve.
You should learn to improve on the power of self-confidence
Self-confidence stems from not neglecting or ignoring those small daily disciplines. When you feel good about yourself, you build your self-confidence. How does one feel good about one’s self? First, you need to do your best and sincerely believe that you did your best. Whenever you do something, you need to believe that what you did was the best, even if it is as trivial as making a phone call or taking a walk.
Building self-confidence means you will have a good day, and good days become good weeks, and good weeks become good months, and good months become good years. When you have done all you need to do, self-confidence creeps in, and this self-confidence affects everything about you, both physical and mental health. If you need to do a thousand things, self-confidence will help you do it. Self-confidence also comes from the ability to rise above whatever life throws at you. You can rise to the occasion, you can rise above your defeat, and you can rise above any circumstances.
You should learn to improve on the power of enthusiasm
Enthusiasm can be inside and outside a person. In fact, I can say that general enthusiasm is made up of ninety percent enthusiasm on the inside and ten percent enthusiasm on the outside. Enthusiasm is born from self-confidence and the ability to find your purpose. Knowing that you will get the work done, that you will put smiles on the faces of others, that you will have a very successful day, that is the right kind of enthusiasm.
More of the internal enthusiasm is unheard and quiet. However, the external enthusiasm, as little as it is, becomes very loud. External enthusiasm is the kind of enthusiasm people call genuine because even though it may be little, it is just a trivial part of the general enthusiasm a person feels. Who knows what people might think when they see the full enthusiasm of a person that really wants to be successful?
You should learn to improve on the power of expertise
As a person, you need to always strive to be a better version of yourself. Are you a professional already? Do you think you can do no more than you already did? Well, I want to tell you that you need to always work better and better every day. That harnesses the power of expertise. If you want to be the best in your field and genuinely want to be excellent at what you do, you need to work on your expertise. Nobody is perfect, so you need to keep working to do a better life, no matter how good you already think you are.
You should learn to improve on the power of preparation
Preparation is basically what we spend most of our lives doing. Whatever we do today prepares us for what we want to do tomorrow. Take schooling, for instance. When you get into one grade, it prepares you for the next, and the same process continues until it is altered by life’s circumstances. It may feel like we are preparing for a long time, but the preparations we make today help us perform better tomorrow, and so on.
That is why we need to improve on the power of preparation. The best type of preparation, however, is the preparation for success. One thing is certain when preparation meets opportunity; success is seemingly inevitable. One question should always be on your mind, what can you do to make yourself ready for an opportunity?
Life is always designed to give us what we deserve and not what we need or want. If you need something good, you need to go for it. Go for that class, read that book, train yourself, do what you have to do, and make sure to do it right. Then, life will bring success to your doorstep. You need to prepare yourself for whatever opportunity when it comes. Opportunities pass people who are not well-prepared.
You should learn to improve on the power of self-reliance
Looking mostly to yourself is the best thing you can ever do to yourself. Some people think they have not achieved their goal in life because they did not receive enough help from people. The truth is nobody owes you anything in this life, so it is up to you and you alone to make your dreams come true and have a better life. How do you do that? By relying on yourself.
Truthfully, it would be nice to get a little help from some people at certain points in life. It also feels great to know people worked together to help you achieve your goal. But the truth is you need to first understand that you need to rely on yourself primarily. Even if you run a company or business, always believe in your ability to make the right decisions. Know that you have no excuse for failure, and nobody owes you anything. Success has a lot of friends, but we cannot say the same for failure. Believe you can do it, and you will.
You should learn to improve on the power of your image
Image is simply how the world views you. Yes, you do not necessarily need to live your life according to the opinion of others, but there is always a need to portray a good image of yourself. Take, for instance, a boss in a workplace. If he or she does not project the image of a leader, how does one follow them? But if people see that you are in control and charge of any situation, that image attracts other people. Being powerful and influential and knowing how to use that power and influence will certainly project the right image, and people will follow you. Now, how do you portray a good image?
The way you talk, the way you dress, the way you handle situations, and the way you lead, are great ways to portray a good image of yourself. A saying goes, “you are addressed by the way you dress.” If there is an image you need to learn to portray, you should learn it. How you look to people is important, but what is more important than that is how you look to yourself. Improve on that, and the sky will be your limit.
You should learn to improve on the power of character and principle
You need to work on your character and principle. You need to be someone who has those traits that make you stand out. You need integrity, character, and principle to start and run a successful system. You need to work on yourself in terms of character, principle, and integrity to help you do the right thing. People need to see you as willing to do the right thing; honesty, truthfulness, and integrity are what you need. No need to cut corners or cross the line in any way. It will help you be who you want to be.
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Recommended for further reading:
- Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action
- Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
- Mindset – Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential
- The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM