Self-development and self-improvement are such an important part of life. If we are not continuously improving ourselves, how can we grow and become the best possible versions of ourselves? Hint: we can’t. I love any form of self-development whether it comes from a course, a book, a conversation, or a blog post!
It really wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I started to become really passionate about self-improvement. I believe it was around the time I was taking my HR diploma, that my passionate side began to come out. I was always a person who quit things, I liked to try a million different things, but often times, if I didn’t catch on to something right away, I gave up. Now, I am not saying I have never completed or stuck to things in my life, I graduated University, I participated in sports teams, I have held the same job for years. But, like I mentioned, it was after taking my HR diploma, that I really found my passionate side, and I believe it was because of two things: (1) I found something I truly enjoyed and also that I felt I was good at, and (2) I discovered that great things can happen when you stick with something, even if it is really hard.
Once I got a taste for this, I wanted more. I love learning new things about myself, and I love opportunities that allow me to grow as a person and become better in some way. I think this is what your twenties should be all about, and really just life in general. We should always be open to discovering new things about ourselves which in return allows us to move toward to person we truly want to be. With that being said, here is my ultimate list to self-improvement in your twenties.
(1) Find a Healthy Living Routine That Works for YOU
It is so important to live a healthy life. Exercise, healthy eating, and drinking lots of water are SO important, especially as we get older. The key to making this into a lifestyle is to find what works for you. What I mean is finding something that you don’t hate doing every single day. If you somewhat enjoy (or can at least tolerate) the diet your eating, the exercise routine your trying, etc. it is much, much easier to turn it into a habit, and then eventually a lifestyle. For example, I enjoy outdoor activity, and I also enjoy going to the gym, but just because those things work for me, that does not mean they are a one size fits all solution. One person may be a runner, and another may love yoga, find what works for you and stick with it. I struggle with late night eating, and I am a true lover of chocolate and chips, because of this I am doing my second round of Whole 30 to assist me with my healthy eating choices, but again, Whole 30 may not be for everyone, maybe you just create meal plans and stick to them!
(2) Learn to Use Feedback and Constructive Criticism to Your Advantage
I have always had a really hard time with criticism. I had a hard time realizing the person giving me feedback was doing so to help me, not to hurt my feelings. I still struggle from time to time, but overall I can now see the amazing positives that feedback and other people’s opinions can bring to my life. If you have a hard time dealing with feedback, have a conversation with the person and try to open your mind up to where that person may be coming from. Also ask for some tips they may have to help you! try to keep in mind that listening to constructive criticism can make you a total rock star if you come away from it with the determination to improve. You can even work with the person who gave you feedback to create actionable goals and become a self-improvement ninja!
(3) Start a Journal or a blog
I have always tried to keep a journal, but it was never something I did consistently. It was not until I started blogging regularly, that I realized what a great form of self-development writing is. I have learned so much about myself since starting a blog. There is something about getting all of your jumbled thoughts down onto paper or onto a computer that allows us to really organize what our priorities, goals, and dreams are. There are so many ways to get started with writing, here are some of my favorite resources:
- These two books are a great way to start your journal journey: The 52 Lists Project & 52 Lists for Happiness
- Start a personal blog. To get started Check out my Step-by-step Guide to Starting Your Own Blog.
(4) Remember to Express Gratitude
I promise, if you start practicing and expressing gratitude in your daily life, you will become a happier person. It is so easy to get caught up in the negatives in life and create that snowball effect of self-pity, that is why we need to practice gratitude. You can do this is various ways; take 10 minutes a day and mentally list everything you are grateful for in your life, use your awesome journal, and use gratitude as a writing prompt, or make it a point to tell someone daily that you are grateful for them.
(5) Set Goals
Setting attainable goals is the first step to self-improvement. It helps you feel accountable for achieving the things you want in your life. I try to set monthly short-term goals that line up with my long-term goals. If I want to get into a new habit or try a new course, I make it a goal to hold myself accountable and less likely to make excuses. I talk all about goal setting in my post: 3 Ways Goal Setting Can Improve Your Life and I also included a free Goal Setting Guide that can help you set and achieve your goals!
(6) Invest in Yourself
Never feel guilty about investing in yourself. If you want to take a course, learn a new skill, go back to school, just do it. You will never regret learning. Being open to new things can help you in many areas of your life, and by trying new things and investing in yourself, you will be more likely to find your passions and the things that get you really excited in life. I know sometimes it is easy to put self-development on the back burner and let life get in the way, but keep in mind that in order to better yourself and better your life, you have to take the time to invest in yourself.
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So, there you have it, your 6 tips for Self-improvement in your twenties. I hope you can incorporate these tips into your everyday life and make some strides toward self-improvement. Like I mentioned, I love self-development, so if you have any great tips that you use, please leave them in the comments!
Thanks for reading!