Lately I have been very focused on self-improvement. One of my new years resolutions was to put special effort behind trying to be the best version of myself each day. I acknowledge that in regards to self-improvement, it’s the journey that’s important, not the destination. Self-improvement requires daily mindfulness, attention, and effort to see real growth.
Wanting is a very universal desire – sure we all want it, but just wanting isn’t enough, we have to work for what we want. In order to achieve what we want, we must first put in the necessary effort, and the first step in that effort is making the decision to act.
We all have negative, self-critical thoughts from time to time that kill our confidence and leave us feeling defeated. These thoughts can convince us that we’re inadequate or prevent us from enjoying each day. Sometimes, it seems as though these negative thoughts come and go as they want making us feel like we have little or no control over them, making it easy for us to spiral into a period of negativity.
The good news is, that we do have control of our thoughts; it just takes practice. Our thoughts have everything to do with how we treat ourselves and how we go about living each day. While we cannot control what happens to us, we can control how we react to and perceive life’s challenges. We can control what we think about and what we choose to pay attention to.
You may have read how prioritizing yourself has a huge effect on your daily health and overall happiness in our recent blog post “How To Start Putting Yourself First”.
We explained that one way to put yourself first is to express gratitude. This blog will elaborate by expanding on how to actively express gratitude and appreciation for your loved ones.