Cynthia Bjorlie, M.D. Directors Corner - Founder of Adult Foster Care of the North Shore

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10 Self-Improvement Tips

10 Self-Improvement Tips

September is self-improvement month. Here are 10 ways to help you grow.

  1. Read a little bit every day. Whether you enjoy biographies, beach reads or dramas, read a little bit every day.
  2. Pick up a new hobby. Picking up a new hobby requires you to stretch yourself physically, mentally or emotionally. If you like to be outdoors, consider hiking, kayaking or golf. If being indoors is more comfortable for you, cooking, graphic design or quilting could be a good fit.
  3. Overcome your fears. We all have fears but these fears can prevent us from growing. Self-improvement happens when you recognize your fears and address them.
  4. Learn a skill. Any new skill will do.
  5. Wake up early. Waking up early has been acknowledged by many to improve productivity and quality of life.
  6. Have a weekly exercise routine. A better you starts with being in better physical shape. Mix up your routine by walking, swimming, yoga or lifting weights.
  7. Get out of your comfort zone. Do you tend to stay within your comfort zone? Often times, making self-improvement strides means exposing yourself to a new context which forces growth.
  8. Identify your blind spots. Blind spots are things about ourselves that we are unaware of. Discovering blind spots can help focus us on areas of self-improvement.
  9. Ask for feedback. As much as we try to improve, we will always have blind spots. Asking for feedback gives us an additional perspective. It might feel awkward at first but the results will help you grow.
  10. Acknowledge your flaws. After asking for feedback and taking in what your friends and family have to say, acknowledge your flaws and address them.

We’ve highlighted 10 ways to improve yourself, but ultimately it’s up to you. We are all responsible for our own self-improvement. Make the decision to commit to your personal growth and embrace yourself to a life-long journey of transformation. The results may not be immediate but keep at it. You’ll eventually start seeing positive changes in yourself and your life.

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