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8 Self Improvement Principles

8 Self Improvement Principles

  1. Drink more water
  2. Eat Whole Foods
  3. Practice Daily Gratitude
  4. Pick up a book
  5. Listen to a TED Talk
  6. Forgive someone
  7. Join a group!
  8. Congratulate yourself


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1. Drink More Water

1. Drink More Water

A glass of water may seem like the smallest of baby steps towards self-improvement but it's still a step forward:

  • We often neglect the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water each day and your body needs water to maintain bodily functions and keep you healthy.
  • Dehydration may cause headaches fatigue or problems with your skin.
  • Keep a full glass of water near your desk. The secret is to keep the glass of water full. It's a psychological trick called the availability bias that makes your brain think "Hey there's a bunch of water there we should drink some water".


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2. Eat Whole Foods

2. Eat Whole Foods

As a general rule, the fewer the ingredients, the more nourishing the food.

  • If you want to have more energy and feel better throughout the day, swap out some processed meals for Whole Foods.
  • You can enjoy things like fruits, vegetables, eggs, and nuts, just things that you can actually pronounce.

Cut down on chemicals, dyes, and other ingredients that you can't pronounce. I suggest taking a look at your next meal, how many ingredients can you actually identify? If you don't know what you're eating, you're more likely to ingest something that will make you feel sluggish and unproductive.


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3. Practice Daily Gratitude

3. Practice Daily Gratitude

Positivity and gratitude really help to melt away your stress, even when you feel that you are down. It's been proven time and time again that people that are primed with gratitude are more likely to reach their goals. 

Something you can start doing is keeping a small journal next to your bed, whenever you go to sleep write down what you were grateful for that day. 

Once you learn the power of the law of attraction and the neuroscience of the reticular activating system you will start to understand how truly important having a positive and grateful mind is for becoming successful.


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4. Pick up a book

4. Pick up a book

I recommend cutting down on some screen time and opening your mind with a good book. You can always learn something from reading even if it's just a new vocabulary word.

  • Kindles make it easier than ever to carry around the knowledge of the universe while you travel or curl up on the couch or even when you're going to the bathroom. 
  • Get some book recommendations from friends and family members. When the books are waiting for you, you're more likely to actually read them.
  • Keep lots of books around you to be more tempted to learn from and actually read them. 


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5. Listen to a TED Talk

5. Listen to a TED Talk

Maybe you prefer consuming inspiration with audio, so you can hop online on YouTube and learn from great speakers in a variety of different fields. 

If you don't know what to watch first, watch some TED Talks. If you have a specific subject that you want to learn about, maybe it's psychology you'll probably be able to find a TED talk on it. 

If you're open to anything you can really explore a whole world's worth of different subjects with Ted, from happiness to urban planning to biology. It's actually crazy how many videos they have.


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6. Forgive someone

6. Forgive someone

Now we've all been a victim of wrongdoing at some point in our lives. We've all made mistakes, just as you would probably like people to forgive you, we have to work on forgiving other people even if they haven't directly asked for it.

Forgiveness is a small gesture that doesn't just benefit the person who did you wrong. When you let go of a grudge you also let go of the stress, the anxiety, and the other negative feelings that you had that you've been cleaning on to for a long time.


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7. Join a group of supportive individuals

7. Join a group of supportive individuals

Now it might feel hard or difficult to accomplish your dreams alone. Words of encouragement and additional resources can help you find opportunities and boost your mood and give you more motivation. 

But where do you find a group that is willing to support your journey? Meetup and Facebook are two great sources to find supportive communities and events.

Meetup if you've never heard of it before allows you to search through different events based on your occupation, your interests, or the community that you identify with. They help you set up meets in your local area.


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8. Congratulate yourself for this growth

8. Congratulate yourself for this growth

If you plan to take some time today and complete maybe one of these tips that I've suggested, don't forget to reward yourself:

  • Positive reinforcement will encourage you to keep going and keep growing. Even when that reinforcement comes from within, I suggest taking a moment of this day and reflecting on the ways that you've improved your overall well-being and plan to complete these actions again tomorrow.
  • The more you consistently contribute to your self-improvement the faster you and the rest of the world will start to see results.


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