Tuesday, September 4, 2012

National Self-Improvement Month

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By Terry Orr

Self-Improvement - improvement of one's status, mind, abilities, etc. by one's own efforts.

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There is always something we would like to change about ourselves—job satisfaction, health, physical fitness level, intellectual development, eating habits, or relationships—The hardest part isn’t figuring out what to change…it’s making that change stick!  Most people fail to reach goals because of one of three reasons.
  1. Unrealistic expectations
  2. Environment is not conducive to change
  3. We give up too soon

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Each morning while preparing for the day and cleaning up – I spend some time reviewing yesterday’s activities and how I handle things in general. If there are things needing work, I put those into my list of things to day and improve on.  I also smile and am thankful for another day.
We all know someone like this.
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You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself. ~ John Ruskin

On Google search on self-improvement books with 297 million hits – I have read many books on this topic over the past five decades – but nowhere near that many.  I have mentioned in the past articles that the one author who influenced my life was Dr. Stephen R. Covey who passed recently.

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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
It was the sacred rule among the Pythagoreans that they should every evening thrice run over the actions and affairs of the day. ~ Dr. L. Watts
Never neglect an opportunity for improvement. ~ Sir William Jones
The safest principle through life, instead of reforming others, is to set about perfecting yourself. ~ B. R. Haydon 
Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging. ~ Marcus Aurelius
Everyone has naturally the power of excelling in some one thing. ~ Proverb
Perfection does not exist - you can always do better and you can always grow. ~ Les Brown
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~ Zig Ziglar
Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. ~ Willam Faulkner

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Top 10 Tips for Self-Improvement

10. Get off to a Good StartGetting up early and eating breakfast! You will have much more energy throughout the day to follow the rest of these tips if you do!

9. Keep a Schedule.  It is a very good idea to write down the tasks you need to achieve in each day. As you complete them, tick them off. You should not, however, feel like you are bound to your list.

8.  Take a Break and have FunIf you spend too much time in front of the computer, at your desk, or doing whatever it is that your occupation requires, you should take a break.

7.  Be GenerousGenerosity has a tendency to come back. You can be generous with your smiles, your advice, and many other things. Always try to find a way to help others.

6.  Accept the things you can’t ChangeWhen something bad happens in our lives, we try to fix them or change them. But sometimes we can’t. Often this leads us to spend hours moping and falling in to depression.

5.  Learn a New LanguageLearning another language is one of the best ways to improve your grasp on English.

4.  Brake the ChainIf you have a lot of patterns in your life, try breaking them – do something different every day.

3.  Face the FearEvery day you should do something you don’t want to do – or feel uncomfortable doing. This varies in degrees for everyone, but we all have little things we can start out with.

2.  Forget GoalsI still have goal and things in life to be accomplish – but since retiring, they no longer drive my daily routine.

1. Don’t ProcrastinateThis is a hard one for most folks – something we need to work on (sometimes daily for me).

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Whatever area of your life that you are looking to improve – jot is down, think about how to do it and then “Make it Happen”.
Good Luck!!


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