Life is a journey and becoming better every day is the goal.It’s not whether we need to be better, but whether we choose to be better. Becoming a better person means changing habits, taking some risks and thinking differently in the future.Everyone wants to become a better person, but some people just don’t know how. Here are some ways to be a better person through self-development:
Determine your values
Even the best of intentions are unlikely to go anywhere unless you have a solid understanding of your values. “Values” are what you hold most important in life. They are the core beliefs that shape who you are as a person, and how you live your life.Reflecting on your values will help you determine what is truly important to you.
Work on your negative traits
Are there any traits that you dislike about yourself? Some traits which one don’t like about themselves includes being self-centred, arrogance, selfishness, critical, harshness, hardness, etc. Identify them, and then work on them one by one. It can be challenging to try to overhaul your character at once. On the other hand, if you work on addressing one negative trait at a time, it’s a lot more manageable and achievable.
Be willing to change
In order to become a better person, you have to be willing to change. Change is the only way to grow and progress into the person you want to become. Many people are against change, which can make it very hard to grow. When you keep an open mind and are willing to change, you are able to grow into the person you want to become.
Integrity ensues when our thoughts, words, and actions are aligned. Pause for a second and think… are yours? Do you generally do what you say you’re going to do? Many of us don’t—at least in some parts of our lives. That’s why when you’re a follow-through-er, you’re not only fuelling your self-confidence, you actually become a role model for others too. What can you follow through on this week—a phone call, a coffee meeting, some research you’ve been meaning to do?When we follow through, it feels great.
Break up with your ego
The ego sets us back from being truly kind and compassionate. It’s our ego that tells us we should get angry, or we shouldn’t talk to someone, or we shouldn’t forgive someone. When you put your ego aside, you start seeing things differently, you become less angry and you start noticing positive changes in your life.
The art of priorities
You can do this everyday or the night before for less than five minutes. Just five minutes of planning can alter your life.In the early morning, determine what your day will look like. Do a little planning. Note all your “must-do” activities and your “should-do” tasks. Determine which are important and which can wait.Plan and prioritize your day for a few minutes each morning and watch your life and career transform.
Be a miracle for others
The ultimate way to become a better you is through service—but this doesn’t need to be service on an epic level. In thinking about how to become a better person, remember that small changes count. Slow down. Think before you speak. Consider other people’s feelings. But remember: The person you most need to take care of is yourself. As the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. So in order to be a person who injects more love into this world, you have to fall in love with yourself first.