5 Ways To Take Action To Improve Your Life
In this Forbes Article, we learn from Jules Schroeder that Self-Help is very popular among millennials, but that just because it is popular doesn’t mean it effective. We hear about how some people are getting into a “self-help addiction” where they are reading lots of self-help resources but not PUTTING THEM INTO ACTION. Without taking action, all is for naught. If you are learning about self-help but not taking the bold step to change your life then you might as well stop reading right now.
Here are 5 different ways that you can start taking action to improve your life Today:
#1 – Write Down Your Goals And Track Them
Goal setting is very important if you want to be successful. Not only being able to set good goals, but also keeping track of them. Do you write down and track your goals?
If not, take action and start today. Use SMART goals to help you succeed. Write them out in detail. Write exactly what you want to do and how you plan on achieving your goals. Also, make sure to includes how you will track your progress as well as plan yourself regular times to review how you are doing.
For example, here is one of my goals for 2018:
Goal: Become 100% Fluent in French on Duolingo
How will I achieve it: I will gain 30XP per day, equal to completing 3 lessons a day, which takes about 5 minutes to do. Some days I will do more.
How will I track my progress: Fortunately, apps these days make it super easy for us because they already have built-in tracking. In Duolingo I can see how much XP I have earned that day, how many days I have met my daily XP goal consecutively, as well as an overall percentage of completion of the course. Here are my stats from today.
When will I review my progress: Depending on the goal in question, you may want to review your progress daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly. I review my Duolingo progress daily because the app makes it very easy for me to see instantly how I am progressing. I am already on the app learning so there is no extra effort required to also look at your stats, plus its part of the fun to see your stats rise!
#2 – Join A Club
If you have a goal in mind but you are struggling to take action on it, joining a group just might be for you. There are groups for almost anything out there. If you want to play basketball, go to your community center. If you want to learn knitting, there’s a group for that. If you want to learn a new language, there are groups for that too. Even if you can’t find a physical group of people in your area there are all sorts of groups that you can join and participate in online.
Groups will help you achieve your goals because they will push you to do more, to take action. Most will have regular meeting schedules, and sticking to those schedules can help you to build a routine around what you want to learn.
I go to my local Toastmasters club to improve my public speaking, communication, leadership, and evaluation skills. We meet every week, and I am asked to perform various roles in the club including giving speeches and evaluating other people’s speeches. By getting into the routine of working on my communication skills every week I am pushing myself forward. My fellow members help me progress because I want to do well for them and the club, I don’t want to let them down.
Groups are a great way to get support, motivation, and mentoring that is relevant to what you want to learn. Take some action and join a group to help you progress.
#3 – Build One Good Habit
I did a post recently on the importance and power of habits. If you are one of these so-called “millennial self-help addicts”, then you need to take some action rather than just reading about self-improvement.
Pick one simple habit to work with. Choose either one bad habit to get rid of or a new good habit to build. Start small and go from there.
Here are some ideas:
- Get up at the same time each day to normalize your sleep schedule
- Smile at and say hello to people on the street
- Stop using filler words (like, um, so, etc.)
- Stop putting sugar in your coffee or tea
Pick one small change to make in your life and start working on it right now.
#4 – Organize Your Home
They say that the way you keep your bedroom is how you keep your mind. If you have a messy room, you probably have a disorganized mind. Start taking some action by cleaning yourself up and organizing.
Read Cam Adair tell us more about how cleaning your room can influence you here.
Pick a room to work on and get to it! Throw away anything that is unnecessary, you don’t want to fill your home with a whole bunch of object that you never use and just pile up and get in the way. Simplify.
A place for everything and everything in its place. If you take the time to organize your home you will feel better and you will be building that skill which can be applied in other areas of your life.
#5 – Do Something That Scares You
One of the best ways that you can start to take action in your life is to do some courage. What is one thing that you have been dying to do but have been too scared to do? That is the thing that you need to go do right now!
Challenge yourself to push your boundaries outwards and gain some more confidence by jumping in two feet first into something that scares you and pushes your limits.
Strike up a conversation with a random stranger today, or take on some responsibility that you have been avoiding. Get out there and take some action!
You won’t make any progress by just reading about self-improvement, you’ve got to actually get out there and DO something about it. Your gains are going to come from going out and interacting with the real world. Speed of implementation is key, learn how to apply learning immediately! That is how you will make the most impact on your progress. Shoot for 90% action, 10% learning.
Start taking some action and improve yourself out in the real world.