It’s easy to associate self-improvement to the physical aspects of your body because they are the easiest to change. There are hundreds of articles teaching you how to choose better clothes and to dress for your body shape.
After all has been said and done, however, changing your clothes can only take you so far. You’ll need to do more for yourself and go beyond the physical to see improvements.
Knowing When to Buy New Things
There’s a difference between need and want. That’s why it’s important that you know when to buy new items. Whether it’s that new pair of pants that will not make you feel uncomfortable or new tires from a local tire shop, you need to think of what buying the item will mean for your life and for your budget.
New pants that make you feel better about yourself will give you confidence. New tires will give you a safer and more convenient way of driving.
However, if you have plenty of pants to wear and you’re just craving a new purchase, this is hardly self-improvement. Getting new tires as a backup, on the other hand, can still be a smart investment for anyone in American Fork.
Learning to Say No
Now that we’ve talked about the business of purchasing let’s move on to the other side: not purchasing. But it’s not just about purchases; it’s about saying no to things you don’t need.
You may feel sad that you can’t buy that designer handbag, but if it’s not going to add value to your life and you’re tight on funds, the long-term effects of curbing the impulse to buy will help you improve.
The same is true when you need to say no to a night out with friends when you’re too tired, and you are a couple of days from payday. Real friends will understand that you have to say no to expenses that will make your life harder. If they don’t, perhaps it’s time to say no to these kinds of friends in general.
Doing What You Love
Articles will tell you what you shouldn’t do, and that’s helpful when breaking bad habits. Self-improvement, however, is not just about removing things from your life. It’s also about making better decisions, and by better, we mean those that enrich you and give you a sense of purpose.
Forget what everyone else has told you before; you can pursue your passion as long as you go about it smartly. Impulsively quitting the job that supports your lifestyle is the first of many mistakes you might do just to pursue your passion. Before making that decision, have a backup plan.
Set up a financial cushion so that you will not have to worry about money after you’ve quit. And remember: you’re pursuing what you love, but this doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard. You will not get the success you crave if you barely make an effort.
There are different areas of your life that you can improve. To truly be a better version of yourself, start making changes that go beyond your physical appearance.