1/20/2012 12:01 PM
One of the most beneficial efforts you can possibly make for your future is aiming to improve yourself each and every day. It sounds cheesy, but life is more enjoyable and you become much better company when you maintain a positive attitude and you always have something to work toward.
This is not just for single people, but also for those in relationships. Everyone has something they can improve on, whether it’s a personal, financial, emotional, spiritual or physical area that you struggle with.
As much as we’d all love to sit back, relax and pretend we’re the epitome of perfection, it’s probably best to just understand and accept that nothing in life worth having comes that easily. For this reason, it’s important to establish some goals for yourself, both individually and in your relationships.
Maybe you’re someone who loses touch with people easily because you’re forgetful, distracted or just get caught up in the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day life. Make it a mission to call your friends and family more frequently and actually follow through. It might take plugging in the task in a planner or a cell phone agenda, but eventually it will become a priority that you simply can’t forget. Not only will you feel better, but the great people in your life will appreciate it too.
If that improvement seems like no big deal to you, maybe you’re areas of weakness are less about other people and more about yourself. If you’ve got low self-esteem or image issues, do something about it. It’s a battle and there are going to be times you want to throw in the towel, skip the gym or spend hours in front of the mirror wincing at your every imperfection, but be better than that! Once you take the time to redirect the negative energy you’re firing back at yourself, to conquering the things that make you feel less-than-wonderful, you’ll be capable of letting your guard down a little. Who knows; maybe you’ll even start emitting positive energy!
You might have made some heavy mistakes in the past that weigh on your heart like bricks, and now you’ve lost the faith you had before. Find it again. Most mistakes are forgivable by mankind last time I checked, and as far as higher powers go; they’re supposed to be all about forgiveness, right? Instead of calling them mistakes, call it life experience. Everyone screws up. It’s less about what you did in a moment of weakness, and more about how you respond. By beating yourself up over something in the past, you’re letting that weak moment dominate your life. Don’t give an error of judgment that kind of power!
If money is what you struggle with, sit down and take the time to map out a budget. If there are bills you know you can’t afford, call the companies and see if they can work out a payment plan that you can swing. This will alleviate a TON of stress and help you get your finances in order. Bad credit can be a real burden on you and your significant other.
Nothing in life is too big to conquer. Stop beating yourself down and try building yourself up instead. With a positive outlook, goals in place and a little ambition, it’s amazing what can be done!
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