Self-Improvement Ideas For Beginners
Are you looking for some simple self-improvement ideas but aren’t sure where to start?
You know that no one is perfect, there’s always something we can improve on. The problem is if you are new to this (and even if you’re not) it can be easy to very quickly become overwhelmed!
Just type the term ‘self-improvement books’ into Amazon and no fewer than 70,000 results pop up!
My suggestion would be to ignore that for now and read my 7 simple self-improvement ideas for beginners instead. All of the ideas take up no more than half an hour of your time each day, maximum!
You don’t need to try all 7 self-improvement ideas at once either, pick one or two that resonate with you and start there.
Some may push you a little bit out of your comfort zone, try and pick at least one that does that if you can. Pushing ourselves to do things we find a little bit scary is a great way to grow.
We’d love to hear how you get on with these self-improvement ideas
Self-Improvement Ideas For Beginners
Write Down What You Want To Improve (Self-Improvement Ideas to help you focus)
The first thing to do before you try any of the other self-improvement ideas is to spend some time pondering what it is that you specifically want to improve. Without knowing this you run the risk of throwing all your time and energy at something which won’t actually lead to the changes you want.
Take the time to do a spot of brainstorming. What areas of your life are you happy with and which could do with some improvement. You could try using the Wheel Of Life to help you with this.
It’s also helpful at this stage to think why you want to improve in a particular area. What benefits would it give to you and to others in your life?
Once you have a clearer idea of what you want your self improvement to focus on, write it down somewhere you can refer to it easily and often.
Set SMART Goals (Self-Improvement Ideas to help you be accountable)
Why bother setting goals? To put it bluntly, if you don’t have goals then how do you know which direction you are going in and how can you measure your progress?
Ensuring your goals are SMART gives clarity. It helps you focus your efforts and increase your chances of success.
Make your goals:
Specific – What specifically do you want to achieve
Measurable – How will you know you’ve achieved your goal?
Achievable – Is this goal something you can realistically achieve (even if it takes some effort)?
Relevant – How does this goal fit with the other things in your life and also your values?
Timebound – When will you achieve this goal by?
Look After Yourself (Nurturing Self-Improvement Ideas)
It might sound simple, but to have any chance of reaching your goals this self-improvement idea is probably the most important.
If you don’t have the energy or are feeling under the weather then the likelihood of you going out there and smashing those goals diminishes somewhat.
I know this might seem boring, but making sure you eat healthily, exercise, get enough sleep and stay hydrated are all so important.
If you do these things consistently, I promise it will be easier to improve the other areas of your life you want to work on.
Learn Something New (Self-Improvement Ideas to keep your mind fresh)
Learning new things is good for the soul.
It can help us overcome boredom by adding some excitement to our lives. Research also suggests that learning can make us happier and even makes us live longer!
You don’t have to learn something huge either. Learning a small new skill can lead to a massive sense of accomplishment.
Face A Fear (Self-Improvement Ideas that help you be courageous)
Facing a fear can bring a real sense of self-satisfaction. No, it isn’t easy to do and you will be outside of your comfort zone.
It’s probably best not to begin this with something you are completely terrified of! Perhaps try choosing something that scares you moderately.
Once you’ve thought of something, try breaking it down into small chunks.
Be kind to yourself and take baby steps.
Think of what advice you would give to a friend in the same situation. Talk it through with a friend in real life (make sure you pick one with a positive outlook on things!)
Then take that first step!
Live In The Present Moment (Self-Improvement Ideas that help you relax)
It’s so easy to spend almost all of our time worrying about the future or ruminating about the past. When we do this, we are missing out on the joy that can be found in the present moment.
Try this simple exercise to bring your attention to the present.
- Start by noticing your breathing. Take a few breaths in and out. Try to deepen your breaths.
- Now notice 5 things you can see around you. Take a few moments to really notice the details, the colours, the textures.
- Next notice 4 things you can hear. Listen out for the sounds closest to you and the ones furthest away.
- Now notice 3 things you can feel. It could be your clothes against your skin, your feet on the floor or the pressure of sitting down.
- Finally notice two things you can smell and one thing you can taste (or notice that you don’t smell or taste anything at all)
Welcome to the present moment!
Start A Journal (Self-Improvement Ideas to help you reflect and explore)
Journalling is a great way to release stress, but it’s also an amazing tool for self-improvement.
You don’t need to spend hours and hours writing your deepest and darkest thoughts, a few minutes a day is all you need.
Try writing down your intention for the day each morning. You could also write down three things you are grateful for every day. I also find writing down three good things that have happened each day to be incredibly helpful.
Once you get into the journaling habit, it’s also really helpful to go back over the journal entries at a later date. I find this gives me a sense of perspective on worries and the stresses and strains of life.
When I’ve written about these things, at the time my head is full of them. When I look back, I see that they were a small blip or that what I was worrying about never actually materialised.
I hope that you have enjoyed these 7 simple self-improvement ideas and that they’ve given you the motivation to get going with your own personal development. I promise you won’t regret it.
Alison is the founder of Little Blog Of Positivity where she shares all she has learned on the topics of personal growth, self-improvement, health and well-being.
For regular doses of inspiration and motivation, visit Alison at littleblogofpositivity.com
Over to you for your Self-Improvement Ideas
I always love to hear from you – do you have any Self-Improvement Ideas to share with me?