I thought I would change things up a bit and write something about general lifestyle and life balance which can easily tie into ensuring you are smashing your health and fitness goals. Here are 10 ways to improve yourself!

1.  Read a Book Every Day
Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to.

2.  Wake Up Early
Waking up early has been acknowledged by many to improve your productivity and your quality of life. I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day.

3.  Pick a New Hobby
Beyond just your usual favourite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn? Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.

4.  Stop Watching TV
Most of the programs and advertisements on mainstream TV are usually of a lower consciousness and not very empowering. In return, the time you free up from not watching TV can be used constructively for other purposes, such as connecting with close friends, doing work you enjoy, exercising, etc.

5.  Reduce the use of Social Media Platforms
Having social media programs open at default result in a lot of wasted time. This time can be much better spent on other activities. The days when I don’t get on social media, I get a lot more done. I usually disable the auto start-up option and launch them when I really have the time for it.

6.  Start a Journal
Journaling is a great way to gain better self-awareness. It’s a self-reflection process. As you write, clarify your thought process and read what you wrote from a third person’s perspective, you gain more insights about yourself. Your journal can be private or an online blog.

7.  Avoid Negative People
You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Wherever we go, there are bound to be negative people. Don’t spend too much of your time around them if you feel they drag you down.

8.  Stay Focused with TO-DO Lists
I start my day with a list of tasks I want to complete and this helps make me stay focused. In comparison, the days when I don’t do this end up being extremely unproductive.

9.  Acknowledge your Flaws
Everyone has flaws. What’s most important is to understand them, acknowledge them, and address them. What do you think are your flaws? What are the flaws you can work on now? How do you want to address them?

10.  Ask for Feedback
As much as we try to improve, we will always have blind spots. Asking for feedback gives us an additional perspective. Some people to approach will be friends, family, colleagues, boss, or even acquaintances, since they will have no pre-set bias and can give their feedback objectively.

Written by Denver Steyn on December 18, 2013.