Self-improvement” and “becoming a better person” are phrases which have almost reached a cliché level of being overdone, and very often people just discredit whatever is associated with it due to that reason alone. Rehab programs or counselling has been completely invalidated in many people’s lives to the point where they are often seen as some sort of stigma, but the truth is that there are many things out there which are willing to help you out with improving your day-to-day life in a way you might not have even expected. Without sounding overly preachy, let’s just say that if you ever felt the need to improve and become better but always put it off for “somewhere down the line” then it would be safe to say that it will never happen, and if you do not take action, nothing is going to change. It’s effortless to tell ourselves that we will get around to something “soon” and are willing to promise the world as long as we don’t have to do it right now, and we can procrastinate for that little bit longer. Without further ado, let’s look at some general advice on how to finally start introducing some change into your life, and becoming the kind of person you’ve always admired.
Wisdom is meaningless until it is applied in practice
Everyone knows that leaving things “for the last minute” is not a good thing, much like everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, and alcohol can have terrible effects on both your physical and mental health, but unless you actually act on it, you might as well not know this at all. If anything, knowing it probably impacts your mental health negatively because you are going to be repressing those thoughts while you go on with your day as usual. But we all know that while ignorance is bliss, it is a rather short-lived bliss which generally stems from an overwhelming amount of laziness. The world belongs to the doers, not the dreamers, and while the two are not mutually exclusive, it is easy to find yourself heavily on one side of the spectrum, losing that ever so necessary balance we need in everyday life.
You don’t have to do this alone
If you simply cannot get out of your bad habits with force of will alone, then some help may be in order. Again, this might sound cliche as well, but some christian counseling might help you on your way. You don’t have to be Christian or heavily believe in Christian teachings, but the words of wisdom in almost any religion ring true for centuries on end, and the way of life which they teach is often nothing short of positive.
Kick procrastination to the curb
Even if we have good intentions, procrastination often gets the better of us, and we end up in this limbo-like state of not doing anything we want to because we know we should be doing something else, but we don’t do that thing we need to do either. It is absolutely wasteful and detrimental to you on every level, and yet, it is so hard to get away from. The main piece of advice on getting rid of procrastination, is that the change has to come from within, because no amount of managers sitting next to you with a whip is going to make you want to do things. If anything, it will only grow resentful of it. Take time to calculate just how much time procrastinating takes from you on a daily basis, see how much you could have done in the meantime, and how far you could already have gotten. After a few moments of realisation, you will not want to procrastinate ever again, and while it might certainly happen from time to time, you will most definitely be on your way to having a much more productive and self-fulfilling existence.