101 Self-Improvement Techniques to Help You THRIVE

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It’s 3pm and I’m starving and tired…I only got 5 hours of sleep last night. My assistant just walked into my office at the law firm with a pile of materials in her arms. She plops down opposite me, ready to drive through all her questions so she can move forward on all of HER projects.

Unfortunately, I am not in the mood. I’m hungry, tired, and overly stressed with the 14 other things on my plate that are all more pressing, including a massive deadline.

Imagine the scene.

Can you guess what happened next?

I bet you can.

My inner lion roared up and practically bit her head off.

Thankfully, she handled it well. She left the room, got in her car, and returned with a healthy salad topped with fresh grilled salmon. She told me, “You eat. I have 3 top questions, then let’s let you have 10 minutes of uninterrupted time.”

I will never forget how grateful I was – and how much it helped to just have a few minutes to rest.

I imagine I’m not alone in this experience. As business leaders, we so quickly get caught up in putting everyone else’s needs first that we forget to take care of ourselves.

And suffice it to say, you can’t lead effectively when you are overworked, tired, and hungry. You need to feed your own inner self.

What I learned over the years is that I have to take time for myself. Take time to cultivate my own well- being. Take time to create better habits. Take time every quarter, to work on something new, fresh, and interesting.

I have had quarters where I focused on taking 5 Thai food classes, quarters where I worked on meditation and exercise, and quarters where I focused on learning to play the piano. Do whatever grabs your interest!

To get you started, I’ve put together 101 self-improvement ideas to help busy business owners unwind, enjoy life, and come back more refreshed for their families and their team. They range from strengthening your mindset or changing little habits to exploring your goals and discovering new skills.

I encourage you to keep this list handy and add to it – you’ll be surprised at the difference it will make!

101 Ideas for Self-Improvement:

  1. Accept failures as part of your growth
  2. Acknowledge the things that drain your energy
  3. Acknowledge your feelings
  4. Adopt new affirmations
  5. Always be on the lookout for new opportunities
  6. Always look for something new to learn
  7. Always try to think outside the box
  8. Always write down your ideas
  9. Be open to change if you want to move forward
  10. Brew a cup of your favorite tea
  11. Celebrate achievements
  12. Challenge limiting beliefs
  13. Clarify priorities
  14. Clean and organize something messy
  15. Cook something new
  16. Create a vision board
  17. Cultivate positivism
  18. Develop a consistent morning routine
  19. Develop healthy eating habits
  20. Discover your motivation
  21. Do a deep breathing exercise
  22. Do a gratitude list
  23. Do Not Snooze your alarm
  24. Donate things you don’t need anymore
  25. Don’t look at your phone right when you wake up
  26. Drink water more often
  27. Drop a bad habit
  28. Eat without looking at your phone or TV
  29. Every day, read 10 pages of any book
  30. Every day, meditate for 15 minutes
  31. Every day, write down something good that happened
  32. Explore and take risks
  33. Fill in the gaps of your life with podcasts
  34. Focus on what you can change
  35. Get a mentor/coach
  36. Get out of your comfort zone
  37. Get up and dance just because
  38. Give yourself at least one compliment a day
  39. Have a mini pamper session
  40. Have more nights with friends/family
  41. Identify your blind spots
  42. Keep an emergency fund
  43. Keep the past in the past
  44. Learn a new language
  45. Learn how to ask for help
  46. Learn how to delegate
  47. Learn how to manage your time
  48. Learn how to say “no”
  49. Learn to deal with difficult people
  50. Learn to take feedback and critique well
  51. Let go of anger
  52. Light an aromatic candle
  53. Limit your screen time
  54. List 3 ways you waste time, and think how you can reduce it, and commit to it
  55. Make a bucket list of things you want to do
  56. Make and keep promises
  57. Manage your finances properly
  58. Master a new skill
  59. Move your body for 30 minutes
  60. Once a month, take a mental health day
  61. Once a week, practice a favorite hobby
  62. Organize your closet
  63. Plant a tree
  64. Play all your favorite songs and sing along!
  65. Practice mindfulness
  66. Prioritize sleep
  67. Put your phone on DND/Airplane Mode for 2 hours
  68. Rearrange your furniture
  69. Revamp your style
  70. Reward yourself for a task well done
  71. Set achievable goals
  72. Set up good daily habits
  73. Show appreciation
  74. Shun negative thought
  75. Shut down self-criticism
  76. Smile first thing in the morning, fake it ‘til you make it!
  77. Spend 10 minutes planning your day, preferably the night before
  78. Start a bullet journal or diary
  79. Start a side hustle
  80. Stay on top of your medical appointments
  81. Stop caring about what other people think
  82. Stop comparing yourself
  83. Stop negative self-talk
  84. Stop waiting and start doing
  85. Stretch a little several times a day
  86. Support a charity
  87. Take a walk
  88. Take an evening and do something creative
  89. Use less sugar
  90. Track your steps
  91. Travel more
  92. Try to be present in every moment
  93. Unfollow negative social media accounts
  94. Use the 1-minute breathing rule at every occasion
  95. Use the stairs
  96. Value your alone time
  97. Volunteer more often
  98. Watch a sunset and a sunrise
  99. Write a list of people you are inspired by
  100.  Write a letter to your future self
  101.  Write down your 5-year dream plan and review it every year

Don’t get overwhelmed by the list.  Just have fun.  Pick one small item and do it.

Live life and THRIVE IN THE MOMENT!!!!!

Kristen David is a former trial lawyer and partner who went from working 85 hours a week and taking home way too little money in her law firm, built it up to a million-dollar-plus business, then sold her shares and pivoted into a business coach guru. She is now an international speaker, bestselling author, and operates a successful business, empowering business owners to build thriving, profitable businesses that are self-managed with systems. She helps busy business owners build those systems by implementing policies and procedures the Fast Track Way.

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