Ten steps to becoming a better version of yourself

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Many of us are not living our best lives. And for some, it is even possible that you are living out the life of someone else.

Living a life that is not meant for us can lead to unfulfilled potentials and a low self-esteem. We can only become truly accomplished here on earth when we function at that level and capacity that is designed uniquely for us.

The humbling realization of this issue is that many of us are aware that we are not where we ought to be in life (and this has nothing to do with your status in life or financial wealth).

Deep down in our minds, we may wish that we are somewhere else, both physically, mentally, socially or otherwise.

And for some of us, we may not be equipped with the right tools or information that will bump us up to where we need to be.

Fortunately, all that can change. And that is the essence of this post. Because, in order to fulfill our God-given potentials, we have to be the best versions of ourselves.

And everyone can achieve that if they are willing to.

Therefore, it’s time to take back control of your life and begin to live to your fullest potentials.

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So, how do you become a better you?

It begins with being thankful for where you currently are.

If you are reading this post, it means that you want to be able to stretch yourself to that place of fulfillment. And that involves becoming better at being YOU. But, you would never become a better you, if you do not recognize and appreciate where and what you currently are, right now. We can all become more productive, loving, friendly, kind, generous, caring, wealthy, peaceful, joyful or more of any other positivity that we want. But, you would never get to that better place, if you do not appreciate your current unique state, and celebrate that which makes you, YOU!

Celebrate your strengths.

We are all gifted and talented of some sorts, though to varying degrees. We all have our strong points and must learn to celebrate them, no matter how little they are. Your unique strength (maybe you are a great smiler) contributes to making this world a better place.

Acknowledge your weaknesses.

No one is perfect. And that includes me. We all have our weak points. We all need a little better enhancement. Failing to acknowledge the areas of our lives where we may need a little bit of help, may stand in the way of becoming better versions of ourselves. For example, I know that I tend to procrastinate sometimes. But, that is a weakness I know I have. And as I write this piece, I am also learning to become a better Evi, because I truly want to function to the best of my abilities.

Prioritize your values.

Becoming a better version of yourself involves recognizing and prioritizing what is important to you as an individual. That way, you would try to channel your resources (including time) to championing that cause. So, for example, I love to help and inspire others. That is why I spend some of my spare time volunteering in my community, and also post inspirational contents regularly to also help others out.

What are your long-term and short-term goals?

The saying, “he who fails to plan, plans to fail”, cannot be truer. You cannot effectively become a better version of yourself if you do not even know where you are headed in life. If you do not have those goals listed somewhere, it is time to go back to the drawing board of your life. Where do you see yourself in the next five or ten years, and how do you hope to get there?

Ten steps to becoming a better version of yourself.Pic3jpgBe Realistic about your resources.

Do you want to become a better you? Then, it’s time to tell yourself the truth. What resources do you have available to you? Embrace them and be content with what you have. You want to lose weight, but do not have the time to go to the gym. So, how can you get around this? Could you improvise some exercise regimens within your own home, and so do away with the need to go to the gym? I had to do this when my children were very little and didn’t have anyone to leave them with. My home became my gym (well sort of!)

Cut the excuses.

You cannot become a better you if you keep making excuses for why that cannot happen. Becoming a better version of yourself involves taking responsibility for your life and deciding for yourself to pay it forward by doing what is absolutely necessary.

Hold yourself accountable.

If you really want to gift the world with a better version of you, then you would need to be accountable to yourself by some means. Maybe, it begins first with you asking if you are satisfied with where you currently are, or if you want to make the plunge into becoming a better you. What’s your motivation for wanting to become a better you? For me, my motivation for wanting to become a better Evi are my children. I look at them every day, and in my heart, I know I want to be able to be the best mum to them. I want to be able to give them the best resources that would also allow them to live to the fullest of their God-given potentials. This keeps me accountable and helps me keep moving.

Cut yourself some slack.

Yes, we all want to become better, if possible. But, we do not have to become all stressed out about it. Learn to find the time to play, to relax and generally just have some fun. Learn not to take life too seriously. And learn to be thankful always, for those tiny baby steps.

Ditch those social media yardsticks.

Never use social media as the standard for why you want to become a better you. Doing that would be tantamount to comparison. And you do not want to compare yourself to other people and use that as the basis for why you think you need to become a better you. Much of what you see on social media is fake. Only a fraction of all that is indeed real. So, learn to appreciate your own journey, as you metamorphose into the best version of YOU that the world has ever known!

All the very best,

Evi

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