Are you an active player in your life? Or are your just going through the motions, letting each day pass?
The thing is, we only get one shot at life. And no matter what cards you were dealt, you can live a better life.
This means more happiness, more success, deeper and more meaningful relationships, and more.
It is all up to you. You have complete control over your life.
So are you willing to make an effort to be better, happier, and more successful?
If you answered yes, I have 25 self improvement tips to get you started.
These are simple tips to help you improve yourself on a daily basis. You don’t need to start doing all of them.
I intentionally included a lot so you can find the ones that interest you the most. For some, that might be #5.
For others it might be #20.
All that matters is you use these self growth tips as a stepping stone to start taking action.
When you start taking action to improve your life, it will become a habit and you will start doing more.
One tip leads to another, and that tip leads to another, and that tip causes you to adopt another.
Before you know it, you are something of a much different and much improved person.
25 Self Improvement Tips For Becoming A Better You
Walking represents one of the best exercises.
It is free. You can do it in the house on a treadmill, something that is my personal favorite.
I love walking and watching re-runs or binging on a new series.
Of course, going to a park and walking is like a freebie.
It cannot even be considered actual exercise because what you are really doing is getting out and enjoying the park. Burning calories is a healthy bonus.
Walking is known to boost your mood, primarily because any type of exercise releases endorphins.
It does not matter if you like parks or trails, walking at parks or delving down trails is great fun, a great way to lose weight.
If that is not enough, it will also help with depression and obliterate boredom.
However, it is not simply enough to say walk.
The key is to pick one time of the week, and walk on that day. Every Saturday after your cup of coffee, for instance, go to the park and walk.
#2. Eat More Blueberries
Blueberries are a power food that improves your health.
First, blueberries are anti-inflammatory.
Inflammation, researchers have found, leads to a variety of physical ailments, but what caught my attention was the link between inflammation and dementia.
Dementia is a decline in mental acuity, basically.
Memory problems, inability to remain focused, inability to regain focus, and more are not necessarily age-related problems so much as they are inflammation-related problems.
Within the brain, inflammation inhibits cellular communication.
Blueberries are also fairly high in fiber. Finally, they are delicious.
If you do not like them, blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries will work as well. But blueberries are awesome.
Eat them. Eat lots of them.
#3. Adjust Your Diet
While we are on the topic of eating, don’t just stop at blueberries.
Make a change to the way you eat and you will experience drastic changes.
Most of us, including me, eat too many carbohydrates and refined sugars every day.
This leads to many issues.
- Inability to focus
- Poor sleep
- Afternoon slump
- Poor memory
- Weight gain
Over time, you will gain more weight, which could lead to diabetes, cancer, heart disease and more.
I am not suggesting your completely overhaul your diet.
Instead, make small changes and substitute carbohydrates out for healthier options.
For example, for a snack, eat a cup of Greek yogurt or a handful of almonds instead of a granola bar, cookie or crackers.
At mealtime, instead of loading your plate with potatoes, eat more vegetables.
I’ve started to look at my plate as a pie chart. I try to fill 50% of it with vegetables, 25% protein, and 25% carbohydrates.
Another trick I do is to brush my teeth after dinner.
A nighttime snack for me is usually all sugar. So I brush my teeth after eating dinner and this helps me to skip a snack.
Understand I am not saying I never eat sugary snacks. I still do. But I eat a lot less.
And when I do eat them, I notice it.
When I make an effort to eat better, I fall asleep faster and stay asleep. When it is time to wake up, I am awake, not groggy.
I have energy all day long and focus better.
You will experience the same if you give it a try.
#3. Take A Class
Community colleges offer a variety of low-cost, continuing-education courses.
From business development to programming to emergency medical training, you can bolster your expertise in a variety of areas and make new friends.
Of course, you do not have to enroll at a community college. You can take a variety of classes online.
Udacity, for instance, offers online classes for a variety of tech-related subjects. Udemy offers classes in the form of comprehensive tutorials and seminars.
MIT even offers free classes to anyone with online connectivity.
Since you are currently reading this, you have internet connectivity. That means you can take the same classes as anyone attending MIT.
Think about that for a moment.
If you find one class you like, you can probably find others that you like. You can even take all the classes necessary to normally obtain a degree.
If you are not interested in what MIT has to offer, other college offer online classes for such things as learning to cook or to how get in shape.
Just start an online search and you will be amazed at what you can find.
#4. Carry A Book With You
Carrying a book with you is the first example of how self improvement tips begin a chain reaction toward your evolution.
I tried it. I did not set a goal of reading more.
While I like to read, if you are like me, you might understand that finding time to read can be difficult.
Instead of deciding to read more, I decided to carry with me one of my favorite books.
I could not believe what happened.
I finished it in less than a month.
It has been years since I read an entire book.
- Read now: Here are my favorite books
I ended up reading at the dentist’s office. I read at the park when I needed a rest from walking. I signed up for a creative-writing class, and I would read while I waited for class to begin.
I love to read. I am not certain why I ever stopped. I never would have started again had it not been for the idea of simply carrying a book with me.
#5. Get Enough Sleep
Six hours of sleep, research studies have found, leads to less productivity in the day. More than eight hours leads to what is now known as a sleep hangover.
Ensure you get just enough sleep but not too much. Otherwise, you risk not feeling like doing much of anything.
When you find your sleep sweet spot, you will fall asleep quickly at night and will naturally wake in the morning, bursting with energy.
#6. Create A Consistent Morning Routine
Creating habits is difficult for most people.
A simple solution to this is to create a morning routine.
Why create a morning routine?
In the morning is when you are most focused and have the strongest will power. This is why people say to do your most difficult task first thing in the morning.
By creating new morning habits, you set yourself up for success, and can then use this as motivation to create other good habits.
And you don’t have to change your entire morning either.
Take small steps.
Add blueberries to your oatmeal or cereal. Do some jumping jacks or pushups while you wait for your shower water to get hot or for your coffee to brew.
Spend 10 minutes reading a book.
Keep the new habit small and it will stick long term.
#7. Love Who You Are
This could be the most important self improvement tip on this list.
Learn to accept who you are and love yourself.
For some reading this, this tip can be the hardest one.
But it is critical you do it.
You are made to be exactly who you are.
You weren’t meant to look like Leonardo DiCaprio or play soccer like Lionel Messi.
You were created to be you.
Start telling yourself how special you are. Find the talents and qualities that you have that make you unique.
Do this every day. It will be hard at first, but it gets easier as you do it.
Don’t give in and think badly about yourself. You need to be your own best friend and think positive thoughts about who you are.
When I started this, it was hard. I struggled to say nice things about myself. But over time, I found more and more things.
Today, I walk more confidently and have higher self-esteem.
I encourage you too to work on loving yourself and see the positive change in your life as a result.
#8. Value Experiences Not Things
When it comes to spending money, the happiest people seem to spend theirs on experiences rather than things.
The best way to do this on a budget and to get used to the idea of spending money on experiences, is to research a day trip that you can do in an afternoon.
A day trip is an experience.
In addition to alleviating stress, it often leads to ideas and experiences that lead elsewhere.
Do some research to find out where you can go within 100 miles or so. Then just go.
Enjoy the day. Travel. Take photos with your phone.
Visit a friend or family member. Visit a new restaurant and try a new dish.
Attend an art fair, or visit a museum. If you have family, have someone choose where to go and what to do.
New experiences, rather than things, help create excitement and alleviate boredom.
They broaden your perspective, and they provide a release of endorphins, which boost your mood and, in doing so, help decrease depression.
#9. Start Meditating
Of all the self improvement tips listed thus far, learning to meditate is probably the most difficult.
Rather, deciding to do it was difficult.
Getting a book about it was difficult. Frankly, it was all pretty difficult.
Maybe it was difficult because I was not interested in meditating. That said, I decided to get a book on meditation and carry it with me.
And it worked.
Within a month, I had finished it.
However, with this book, I had to actually go back and double check the techniques and verify my breathing was correct.
While I am not yet a master at meditating, I am meditating more often. It is not part of my daily morning routine. Instead, I try to do it every weekend.
You might not know it, but meditating is no longer considered something practiced by eastern mystics. Researchers are finding that it helps reduce stress.
Meditation does this because it actually lowers cortisol levels, a hormone known as the stress hormone.
Additionally, meditation will make your brain bigger.
That might not sound true, but it is. According to research, it will increase the mass of your hippocampus.
As your hippocampus is in charge of memory, it is of little surprise to find that researchers have discovered meditation improves memory.
Additionally, it improves your ability to regain your focus if someone interrupts you.
In terms of meditation, people who cannot focus are said to have monkey mind.
Monkey mind is the mind bouncing erratically from one idea or topic or thought to another.
Mediation helps alleviate this.
So quit making excuses as to why you shouldn’t meditate and give it a try!
#10. Set Goals For Yourself And Your Life
Where do you want to be in 1, 3, 5, 10 years or beyond?
I am talking all areas of life too.
Health, relationships, spirituality, finances, career, etc.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, if you are just going through the motions in life, you aren’t truly living.
You need to set goals for yourself and then take action to achieve them.
- Read now: Find out how to succeed at setting goals
When setting goals, start small so they become habits. And only pick one goal at a time.
If you try to overhaul your life in a day, you are bound to fail.
Additionally, make sure whatever goals you set for yourself, you keep them visible.
Read through them daily. Better yet, tell them to a friend so you will be held accountable.
Finally, learn to visualize your goals.
Take 10 minutes a day, close your eyes, and envision your life having reached your goals.
- Read now: Click here to learn how to visualize
What does it look like? How does it feel?
Visualizing your goals will help to inspire and motivate you to achieve them.
#11. Accept Failure
This shouldn’t be a surprise to you, but you are going to fail in life.
You will fail at some point with setting and achieving your goals.
You will fail at relationships at your job and in life in general.
When you do fail, you have two options.
You can give up completely or your can learn what went wrong and try again.
The choice you make will have a major impact on your future life.
If you choose to give up, you will never experience the best life has to offer. And you will be certain to repeat the same mistakes again.
But if you choose to learn and try again, you will be living your best life.
Stop thinking failing is a bad thing and start realizing it is a part of life and allow it to motivate you to become a better person.
#12. Have A Mission Statement
Another key self growth tip is to have a personal mission statement.
You know that companies have a mission statement. It is what they stand for or in other words, their purpose.
Here is the mission statement of Cradles To Crayons:
Provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.
What is your purpose?
I challenge you to create a mission statement for yourself.
Don’t spend weeks trying to create the perfect mission statement. Understand who you are and what you stand for and then base if off of this.
If you need some guidance, here is a great resource.
Finally, don’t confuse a mission statement with a vision statement.
A vision statement is a statement of how things will look once the mission is achieved.
#13. Drink More Water
I am not certain of the science behind how much water a person should drink and how much is too little.
When it comes to self improvement tips, that is not the point.
The point is simply to drink more water more often. Doing so will do a variety of things.
First, it will help your kidneys.
Healthy kidneys might not be one of the most exciting things in the universe, but they beat unhealthy kidneys.
Second, by being properly hydrated, your skin will glow, your blood pressure will be stable, and you will produce more saliva and mucus.
This last one is especially beneficial when you are sick.
Also and perhaps more along the lines of self improvement, drinking an extra bottle of water or two throughout the day will help give you a momentary feeling of being full.
This will help you stave off the desire to snack.
And when you do snack, you might find you eat less because you are full.
Consuming fewer empty calories will help you lose weight and prepare you emotionally to conquer your goals.
#14. Use A Water Pik
Since we are on the topic of water, let’s talk about water piks.
Everyone knows about brushing. Everyone knows about flossing. However, you might not be aware of water piks.
Water piks are amazing little devices that spray a concentrated stream of water, and you aim that water at your face, specifically with your mouth open, at your gums.
Water piks are able to clean places toothbrushes and floss cannot, especially if you have tight spaces between your teeth.
Strangely, this little habit can create the conviction that all the little details in your life are in perfect control.
They also instill confidence to smile.
Plus they make going to the dentist a lot more enjoyable.
I used this device and my teeth and gums are healthier and my dentist visits aren’t consumed with pain and bleeding.
Here is the water pik I’ve used for years.
#15. Use Lightweight Dumbbells
You might already own some lightweight dumbbells, but if you do not, buy some.
The logic to this tip is not that if you buy some dumbbells you will use them.
That is not the point at all. I own dumbbells that I have not used in years.
However, what I did notice once I started walking in the park, I started using them.
This is another example of how self development tips become intertwined.
I say this because ever since I started walking in the park, I noticed other people walking with dumbbells.
Although there is some discussion about whether walking with dumbbells offers any fitness advantage, I do know that lifting them, repeatedly, can lead to more tone arms.
In addition to using the dumbbells while walking, I also use them at home for a simple workout routine.
They don’t make performing exercises difficult, but they do add a little resistance, which challenges my muscles.
And after several repetitions, I not only feel good, but I find mood have improved as well.
#16. Find A Meetup
Meetups are typically free of charge and they consist of people seeking to get together with other common interests.
There are meetups for games, for walking, for reading, for programming, and for learning how to do DIY home improvement.
You can find a meetup for cooking and eating healthy foods or watching movies or for weekend game night.
Meetups are important because they are one of the best new methods people can utilize to start or resume a hobby.
Meetups also provide the ability to make new friends and colleagues.
Working with others can help you learn and master a new subject faster.
And making new friends makes the whole process fun and offers health benefits too.
#17. Find A Mentor
Many successful people have had a mentor to help them along their journey.
It is for this reason you too need a mentor.
Find someone you look up to or someone who is successful in what you want to do and reach out to them.
Don’t be surprised if they agree to be your mentor. Many people love helping out others who have the drive and passion to become better.
When you have a mentor, you might realize the things you are doing that are holding you back.
Or you might learn things you need to start doing.
Just be sure that if someone asks you to mentor them, you pay it forward and become the mentor yourself.
#18. Accept Change In Life
Life is not static.
It is not the same thing every day, though there are some days it feels that way.
Life is always changing. Every day brings a new challenge, a new adventure.
Learn to accept change in your life.
When you refuse to change, you stop living and stop growing as a person.
Don’t fight nature.
The better you are at accepting change, the happier you will be.
#19. Accept The Past
Related to accepting change, you also have to accept the past.
What happened is done. You are living in the present and need to live for today.
All you can do is learn from what happened and apply the lessons to your life moving forward.
In some cases, this means forgiving people that have hurt you.
As difficult as this can be, you need to forgive and move on.
By trying to hold on to the past, you are stealing from yourself.
You are limiting your happiness and your opportunity that today has brought.
Just remember, your past has made you who you are today, but it doesn’t mean it will be who you are tomorrow.
Who you are tomorrow is entirely up to you and how you choose to live life.
#20. Find Positive Minded People
While there are some tips listed that are difficult to start, this tip to improve yourself is by far the most difficult.
It is all about getting rid of negative thinking people from your life and surrounding yourself with positive minded people.
Like I said, not easy to do.
But you have to do it. If all you do is spend time with unmotivated people who aren’t living life, then this will be you.
On the other hand, if you surround yourself with motivated people who are trying to be their best, you too will find success and opportunity in life.
I saw this play out first hand.
I had a good friend in college. She was a great student and had so many goals for herself.
After graduation, she moved back to her small town and hung out with her friends from high school.
Most her friends never went to college. They had go-nowhere jobs and looked forward to partying more than anything.
When I went to visit her a year after college, I was stunned.
She lost her zest for life and became one of them.
She stayed like this until her 5 year reunion. There she hung out with all her old college friends and saw how many of them were living life to the fullest.
Something happened during that reunion. She found the courage to move away from her hometown and start a new life for herself.
Now she is happily married and is the Vice President of her company.
The point, you are who you spend your time with. If you are spending time with cynics and unhappy people, you will become this too, if you aren’t already.
Have the courage to make a change in your life so you can live the best life possible.
#21. Dress For The Job You Want
Dressing for the part, so to speak, is both a way to project an idea and a method of positive thinking.
For instance, dressing for the job you want rather than for the job you have helps establish in others the realization that you are someone they can imagine in that role.
Additionally, dressing for the role helps keep you motivated and feeling positive because it helps establish the attitude that you, too, can succeed in a new role.
And it doesn’t end with your career.
Dressing nicely outside of work will boost your self confidence and motivate you to achieve more in every area of life.
#22. Learn About Passive Income
Up until now, the self improvement tips I’ve shared focused on improving yourself and not your finances.
But your finances play a big role in your life and as a result, need to be included in this list.
Specifically, we will talk about passive income.
Passive income is the ability for something earn you money without you having to do anything to keep earning money.
For instance, if you sell a book online, that book is able, theoretically, to sell forever.
Other examples include tutorials or Youtube videos.
If you place a tutorial on Udemy, it has the capability of bringing in monthly income without any further effort on your part.
Another example is investing your money in dividend paying stocks.
After you make your initial investment, the stocks you own pay you a dividend every quarter. There is nothing you have to do to earn this money.
Learning about passive income is not just learning about what it is. It consists of seeing how others achieve it.
By seeing how others are able to obtain passive income, you will begin to examine how you might leverage your knowledge and skills to develop your own source of passive income.
#23. Declutter Your Home
You might find it fairly interesting that simply decluttering your home offers a variety of psychological health benefits.
Researchers are finding that it helps alleviate depression. It also boosts self confidence and helps create a positive outlook.
If you find that implementing any of these tips is simply impossible because you do not feel like it, this particular tip is the gateway to being able to start one.
Decluttering your home will make you feel better and give you the motivation to, perhaps, tackle another tip or all of the others.
One particular strategy to declutter is to create a junk drawer.
Anything you want but do not use, toss it in a designated junk drawer. The important thing to consider is that the size of the drawer is what determines how much junk you get to keep.
Do not exceed the size of the junk drawer by using two drawers. This practice leads to a junk bureau, which, in turn, circles back to a junk house.
Additionally, do not create a junk room (think garage, basement, attic, or shed). Everything that cannot fit into the junk drawer, donate it.
To take the junk drawer one step further, wait a couple days and then go through the junk drawer.
You will find many of the things you kept you don’t need and can toss or donate.
Another effective way to declutter is by adhering to the so-called three-day rule.
Imagine being locked in your home for three days. By the end of the third day, what items will you have used?
If you do not imagine yourself using an item within those three days, put it in the junk drawer.
If it will not fit, you obviously have too much stuff that you will rarely use.
Declutter your home, and you will feel fresh, ready, and eager to tackle many more self help tips.
#24. Give Unconditionally
I was going to title this one volunteer, but when most people think of volunteering, they think of donating their time.
But I want you to give in other ways too.
I want you to give your time, but also your belongings and your money too.
When you give to others, you help them and you benefit as well.
You experience a helper’s high as research calls it. This leads to better health and happiness.
So find causes that you care about and start giving to them in any way you can.
You can even do this on a smaller level too.
Pay for the coffee for the person next in line. Buy a gift card at the grocery store and give it to the cashier to pay for someone’s groceries.
You’ll be surprised at how much joy you get from it.
#25. Deal With Negativity
We live in a world where negativity reigns supreme.
And for some of you, you think and speak negatively about yourself.
This needs to stop.
Too many times we internalize this negativity and then act out on others who don’t deserve it.
Think back to when you had a bad day at work, then hit a ton of traffic.
You get home and your spouse asks you a simple question. You react by yelling and screaming at them.
They did nothing wrong. You just didn’t know how to deal with all of the negative events.
This might even happen to you.
Someone might cut you off in traffic or give you a dirty look as they jump ahead of you at the grocery store.
You did nothing wrong. They just are having a bad day.
The sooner you learn how to deal with negative thoughts and emotions, the better you will be.
Start working on finding the positive in life, as hard as it may be.
And when someone does cut you off, don’t react rudely, just know they are having a bad day.
Self improvement is difficult.
Following one tip or another might seem like a waste of time.
For instance, decluttering your home might seem like an isolated task.
However, when viewed in relation to all the other tips, it becomes apparent that one tip is connected to another.
Each one is a doorway.
Undertaking any self growth tip will inevitably lead you toward additional tips for self improvement.
These 25 are just a few of the most important tips.
Along your journey, I trust you will discover a host of others that you can begin to use to help you live the best life possible.