I’m always searching for ways to work on self-improvement. It doesn’t matter how great you are right now you can always be just a little bit better. It’s not anything I stress about but it is something that I try to be mindful of during my day-to-day life.
- Am I rushing too much in the morning? Then I could get up a little bit earlier.
- Did I find myself in a situation where I was unprepared? Then I could plan just a little bit better.
- Am I broke before payday? Then I could budget and save just a little bit more.
That kind of thing. As I’ve journeyed along I occasionally stumble upon quotes or words of wisdom that seem applicable and really stick with me. I’ve clipped articles into Evernote, written notes on post-its that I have up at my desk at work and pinned about a bajillion quotes on Pinterest.
This is some of the best life advice for women that I’ve seen:
Although, obviously, it’s not going to apply to all women at all times.
Understand the Difference Between Needs and Wants
You most likely already have everything you need. Remember that your needs are very basic: shelter, food, essential clothing, etc. Your list of wants may be endless (I know mine is) but the focus of your desires should be on recognizing how blessed you are for having your basic needs met when so many struggle for clean water.
(Interested in helping others achieve clean water? Check out one of my favorite organizations – Charity:Water)
Take Time for Yourself
Find the time to have a few minutes to yourself.
This may mean waking up 30 minutes earlier than the rest of your family or stopping for a 15-minute post-work coffee break before heading home but it’s essential to remember that you are valuable, you are important and you deserve to have a few minutes of your day set aside to take care of yourself.
Resist the Temptation of Comparison
Comparing ourselves to others is the first step toward a life of misery. There will always be someone who is thinner, prettier, wealthier, more talented or more successful than you are; that’s just the nature of man. No one is perfect and it’s important that we recognize our own strengths (and weaknesses) rather than thinking we have to be able to do and be all things.
Have you seen that movie “Yes Man” starring Jim Carrey? It’s the movie where he attends a life improvement conference and is told to change his life by saying “Yes!” to everything he’s asked. This is basically the same principle but you’re advised to use it in moderation. The purpose is to think outside your normal routine and say yes to the unknown. Invited to a Grand Opening for a new bar or restaurant? Go! Thinking about an outing with a new acquaintance? Go make a new friend. Try a new recipe. Take a dance class. Go to a local festival. Attend a painting/cooking/arts class. Learn a new skill. Embrace being adventurous.
Accept That It’s OK to Say “No.”
As important as it is to say “Yes!”, be adventurous, and try new things it is equally as important to know that it’s ok to say, “No.” if you’re feeling overwhelmed, too busy, or disinterested. As long as you don’t say No because you’re afraid to break outside your comfort zone you’re fine.
What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?