2018 … Be a better YOU!
We always set resolutions every New Year. A lot of those are to work on our fitness, our finances and other things. Very seldom do we actually take the time to evaluate ourselves as human beings.
It’s great to be financially secure, professionally satisfied or perhaps romantically well-matched, but let me ask you this; when you dig deep and look inwardly, are you being yourself in all of this? Are you satisfied with who you are? Do you question your beliefs and your ways? Do you find yourself relying on others to decide on your next move? Are you doing what is socially excepted or what makes you happy?
I can’t help but wonder; are we just flowing with the stream or can we stand on her own two feet?
Personally, I’ve sat down and pondered on who I am as a person and how to not just be me, but an even BETTER ME this year. I decided to dedicate a little bit more time to my thoughts, my ways, the very essence of Gigi. Things that I tend to overlook in the daily hustle bustle of my busy life. I came up with the best 10 ways to hone in and concentrate on being myself this year. I am sharing them with you hoping that you too, want to thrive at being you, a BETTER YOU in 2018!
1. Discover who you are.
Oscar Wilde once said: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. As funny as it sounds, it is pure and raw truth. But how can you be yourself if you don’t know, understand, and accept yourself first. Take some time to reflect on what you value and consider what makes up the essence of who you are.
2. Get in touch with your inner child.
Have you ever watched small children at play? Notice just how free they are and how little they care about what other people think of them. They are happy and in the moment. If you really want to get in touch with your inner child, become freer. Play, have fun, enjoy the moment and be the real you.
3. Be aware of your thoughts.
You may be shocked by the number of negative thoughts that run through your mind on any given day. Take some time to become more aware of the quality of your thinking. Spend some quiet time everyday to practice becoming more aware of the quality of your thoughts. We are so much more than those negative thinking patterns lead us to believe.
4. Follow that gut feeling.
This is probably one of the most important factors in being yourself. When you start following the little nudges and urges that you get, you will discover the raw awesomeness of you. You will get it wrong sometimes, but because you are in alignment with your inner self, you will always be steered in the best possible direction.
5. Nobody is Perfect.
Forget perfection, nobody has ever achieved it. A perfectionist is never satisfied and when things don’t turn out just right, he/she becomes “de-motivated’. It’s better to focus on trying to progress by always showing up and giving it the best that you’ve got!
6. Avoid living in the past.
One of the most unhealthy approaches to being yourself is to make a decision that who you are is defined by a moment or period of time. Live in the moment. Allow yourself time and space to grow, to improve and become wiser.
7. Don’t compare yourself to others.
Don’t strive to be someone you’re already not, you’ll never achieve happiness that way. Through comparing yourself to others your are treading on a slippery slope. Your thinking and the way you see yourself only become more and more negative.
8. Focus on your own strengths
Your strengths may change overtime and so may your definition of yourself, but never should you stop focusing and refocusing on them. They adequately balance out your flaws and are the main reasons why you should not compare yourself to others.
9. Don’t be a people-pleaser
Always wanting everyone’s love and respect is harmful to your personal development and confidence. Who cares what other people say? Eleanor Roosevelt once said; No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. What matters most is that you listen to your own inner confidence.
10. Express your individuality
Whether it’s your sense of style, the way you speak or your outlook on life, it matters not that your way of doing things strays from the mainstream way. As long as it’s producing positive outcomes, be proud of it. Strive to be a character, not a type.
Self-improvement is a key player in finding self-love. I hope you found value in what I’ve shared with you today.
Cheers to you! 🥂