How to Become a New Improved You
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us have a vision of ourselves that’s 10 pounds lighter, and much more cheerful than we really are, but nevertheless that vision often keeps us going as we plow through deadlines and consistently show up for life.
If you can relate to that thought, you may be ready for a little self-modification -- actually three more quick changes.
Abandon Self-Blame and Get Moving
If you tend to sprinkle in guilt-loaded, time-wasting words like “should, would, or ought to” in your daily assessments, you are really not doing yourself any favors.
Better to look ahead and simply ask what is next, and how do I make it work. Then get started.
Look at Where You Are Right Now
Take a look at where you are and then do a quick list of places where you want to be in a month, year or five years. Just start writing down the things you have thought about that you might be doing, achieving or developing.
Then do another list of ways to make it happen. Again, write down all of the sources, contacts, or classes that could make your future what you want it to be. Then attach a few date projections. Post the list as a reminder of what should come next.
Power Ahead with Your Best Attitude
Think about the times when someone has given you a solid endorsement and what happened next. When someone tells you are just a bit amazing, you may find yourself acting differently, thanking differently, and making different decisions.
Then the obvious question is why not start behaving that way all of the time? Think about the things that you do best and start giving those skills more attention. Attitude can add a lot of power to your immediate purpose.
Think about the people you have worked with who did well. Some were amazingly talented. Others were incredibly determined, but the ones that made the biggest impact were often both. I have seen people start at the bottom, bringing raw talent and intellect to the table, and then powering forward with the sheer desire to succeed. We can all learn from their example.
Becoming a new improved version of you is a very individual matter. As you give up self-blame, take a hard look at where you are, and then power ahead with a positive attitude, you may be amazed at how simple it all becomes. Enjoy the process!
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