One of the things we all strive to do in life is to better ourselves every day. If you’re an athlete, you want to improve on your skills from day-to-day. If you’re a health care worker, you want to help as many people as you can. As human beings, you want to see some sorts of improvement or be a better person than you were yesterday. For me, it’s something I’ll admit that it’s something I’m constantly working on. Whether it’s your marriage to your spouse, relationship with co-workers or significant others, we all can do better. Below are 5 ways to make yourself a better person.
Be Real with Yourself
First off, you have to be real with yourself when it comes to things you want to improve on. For me, holding grudges and being angry was one of those things. In the past, I’ve shifted blame to everyone but myself. Once you begin to focus on yourself and be real about the things you need to improve on, that’s the first step needed. Take stock of your strengths but also of your weaknesses. What are your negative qualities? What areas do you excel in? What areas do you need to work on in your personal growth and development? Stop blaming others when things don’t go right.
Admit When You’re Wrong
We can file this one under pride and sometimes that can do more harm than good. If you know you’re wrong and maybe hurt someone in the process, you will need to apologize. When we apologize, we show empathy for the wronged person. We acknowledge our mistakes. When we truly try to make amends, we show humility and compassion for those we have hurt. This has the ability to disarm those we mistreated and to heal their emotional wounds, but it can also help us heal. It’s impossible to move beyond a mistake until we admit it to ourselves and to others.
Show Respect to Others
Being respectful of others is a golden rule if we want to become better people, and it also relates to basically every other point on this list. It goes beyond treating others with good manners and listening to them, although those are essential elements of respect. Respect is also about acknowledging differences in a cordial way. It’s important to be respectful of other people’s time, ideas, experiences and lifestyles.
Talk with Others Who’s Trying to Do the Same Thing
We don’t have all the answers and the ones closest to you don’t either. There are groups everywhere for everything online if you want to go the social media route. There’s also counseling for groups available to you also. There are great benefits to going the group counseling route and they’re outlined here: https://www.regain.us/advice/counseling/the-top-ten-benefits-of-group-counseling/.
If you’re trying to achieve anything, setting goals is the way to go. Goals give us focus and a way to measure our progress. Goals motivate us to stay on track. Start by writing your goals down. Those who write down their goals and dreams are more likely to actually achieve them. Write down where you want to be in the year or 2?