We are all familiar with the saying “New year, new me” that floods the internet every time January swings around.
However, self-improvement isn’t about completely changing the core of who you are—Rather, it’s about embracing the beauty and uniqueness of your individuality and using these qualities to mold yourself into the best version of who you already are.
Don’t strive to change who you are. Strive to change what you do because you are always enough, and nothing can change that.
Read on to learn how you can bring out that beautiful butterfly that you already are and become the best version of yourself this year.
Become a Better You—5 Tips for Being the Best Version of Yourself
1. Chase Your Dreams—Ask Yourself What is it You Want and Make it Happen.
First and foremost, becoming the best version of yourself involves some self-reflection and a desire for self-improvement.
It’s time to ask yourself some important questions:
- What do you want in life?
- Are you happy where you are?
- What are your goals?
- What do you want to achieve?
- What are the things you like about yourself?
- What are the things that you would like to improve about yourself?
- In which areas of your life would you want to see change or growth?
Everyone deserves to be happy and loved in their life. Whatever it is you want, don’t waste time waiting for it. You can launch your aspirations into action when you choose to believe in yourself and your abilities and follow through.
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2. From The Inside Out—Prioritize Your Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health.
Much like the way that you dedicate time to your loved ones, encouraging them to pursue their own health and happiness, you must do the same for yourself.
Care for your body with proper nutrition, medication, adequate sleep, regular doctor appointments, and exercise. Care for your mind with self-love, mental breaks, and therapy sessions that allow you to process your thoughts and feelings.
Remember that a happy and healthy you is the best you—from the inside out.
3. Your Time is Precious—Set Aside Time for Your Friends, Loved Ones, and the Things You Love.
Time is precious, priceless, and can easily pass you by if you’re not paying attention. This is why prioritizing your time, how you spend it, and with whom you spend it is vital in becoming the best version of yourself.
Make time for the people who matter. If you miss someone, don’t waste time waiting to see them and spend time with them. Surround yourself with people you love who inspire you, lift you up, make you happy, and bring out the best in you.
Make time for things that make you happy. If you enjoy being in nature, go for a short stroll around the lake. Watch an episode of your favorite show, bake a pie, soak in a relaxing bubble bath, or paint—Whatever it is that makes you happy, make a little time for yourself every day to do the things you love.
At the end of the day, your time is valuable, so choose wisely how you spend it.
4. Give Back—Make the World a Better Place by Being Kind and Helping Others.
A significant part of being the best version of yourself actually has little to do with you and a lot to do with others.
You can choose to make a positive impact on the world by being kind and helping others.
You can do this in many ways, whether it’s feeding hungry people at a soup kitchen, cleaning up the environment by removing any trash or litter, visiting sick children at your local hospital, or cooking dinner for your sick neighbor.
Dedicating your time and energy towards bettering others’ lives is not only a chivalrous and generous thing to do, but it can be incredibly rewarding to the person performing the act of service to witness with their own eyes the positive impact they are making on the world. It reminds you of your worth, power, and purpose in life, as well as the worth, power, and purpose of others.
Whatever you decide to do, practice spreading love and positivity on a daily basis by treating others the way you would like to be treated—with kindness and respect.
5. Your Own Life-Long Partner—Learn to Love Yourself.
Most importantly, one of the biggest keys to being the best you is loving yourself.
No matter what you do, no matter where you go and no matter what you look like, you will always be you. You are unique, flaws and all—and it’s beautiful.
Loving yourself isn’t about staring hours on end at yourself in the mirror in adoration or attaching your identity to your accomplishments. Loving yourself is accepting yourself for who you are, for better or worse, and continuing to care for yourself by doing things that not only make you happy, but are also good for your well-being.
Remember that you are your own life-long partner. You are a person with value and purpose in this world, and there are always people out there that love and care about you. You should be one of them.