Improving yourself is no easy task. It takes a life-long commitment to doing the difficult things you need to do every day in order to get better.
I'm always working to improve, and if you're reading this ... I'm willing to bet it's because you want to improve too.
The good news is, improving yourself isn't rocket science.
All you have to do is execute on a simple game plan day in and day out.
Where most people fall short is they just haven't built the discipline to stick with this commitment long-term.
On the other hand, there are still plenty of people who just don't know what they need to do to improve themselves.
That's what I want to talk about today.
Sometimes, knowing exactly what you need to do to improve yourself isn't obvious.
But I have plenty of tips to help you get started.
Because if you truly want to build yourself and your life into something you're proud of...
You have to become great ... and greatness can only achieved on the journey of self-improvement.
You'll never know what you're truly capable of until you go out and test it...
The same thing can be said about improving yourself.
You will never improve if you don't challenge yourself.
I understand that "challenge yourself" is vague and open to your interpretation ... but you know the difference between a real challenge and B.S. So, be honest with yourself.
Do things to challenge your mental toughness...
Do things to challenge your skill set...
Do things to challenge your physical capabilities...
...and DON'T do anything that you're already comfortable doing.
This is about stepping outside of your comfort zone.
If you're comfortable doing it ... by definition, it's not a challenge.
Running a marathon is a challenge.
Showing up to work 2 hours early every day is a challenge.
Dedicating time every day to becoming a better leader is a challenge.
Once you start truly challenging yourself...
You will improve in multiple, if not all areas of your life.
One of the absolute best habits you can develop to improve yourself every day is reading.
A lot of people get confused when I say this, so I want to make this very clear...
When I say reading, I'm not referring to Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey, or really any fiction books whatsoever.
The kind of books you read should be geared toward your development. I read strictly non-fiction, personal-development focused books.
If you can commit to reading just 10 pages a day for even just 30 days ... that's a 300 page book.
How much better will you be if you commit to this for a full year?
How much better will you be if you commit to this for 5 years?
How much better will you be if you commit to this for the next 10 years?
There isn't a single book I've read that's been a waste of my time.
If you can even pull just one single concept or piece of information that's helpful or makes you think differently...
It's worth it, and will serve you greatly.
A lot of people are under the impression that they can just ignore their health and it has 0 impact on their success or personal development.
If you truly want to improve yourself ... a huge component to self-improvement is getting your physical and mental health in check.
I'm by no means a doctor or therapist ... so consider these action steps my opinion.
You should be exercising...
You should be eating clean...
You should be drinking plenty of water...
You should be getting adequate rest and sleep...
You don't need to be a doctor to understand that these factors are crucial for your overall health, well-being, and physical and mental performance.
Your body and mind are tools you use every day to help you shape the life you want.
Don't forget to take care of them and keep them as sharp as possible.
Controlling these factors will make every area of your life better and take your self-improvement journey to the next level.
Self-improvement really comes down to the actions you take every day to improve yourself.
With that being the case ... why not build a list of critical tasks to complete every day to improve yourself?
It's something I've personally done every single day for over 20 years. I call it the Power List.
I designed the Power List around the concept of winning the day.
Create a list of 5 critical tasks you must complete every day to improve yourself...
Inch closer toward your goals...
...and help you mold the life of your dreams.
These aren't checklist tasks...
These aren't chores...
These aren't habits you already have...
They are new healthy habits you need to develop in order to help you improve and reach your goals.
It could be making 5 extra sales calls a day...
Reading 10 pages of a self-development book...
Studying a new concept...
But you have to decide which tasks are going to be the most impactful for you. I can't do it for you.
If you complete all 5 of your critical tasks for the day ... you win the day.
If you don't complete all 5 of your critical tasks for the day ... you lose the day.
The more consistent you can be with winning the day and stringing your wins in a row...
The more positive momentum and change you'll be able to create for yourself in your life.
If you're really trying to improve yourself and you're not sure where to start ... start here.
75 HARD is a free, transformative mental toughness program which will help you take complete control of your life.
It's a 75 day program which will help you build skills such as:
It will teach you what you're truly capable of, and help kickstart your self-improvement journey.
If you're interested in learning more about the program and how it can help you ... you can read more about it here.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from 75 HARD.
Look ... it's easy to get excited and stick with these habits for a couple days ... a week ... and maybe even a month.
But you have to understand this...
Self-improvement is a lifelong commitment.
You can't just get hot for a couple months and expect to be great.
It's going to take a lifetime because you will never be done improving yourself.
Here's the good news...
You don't have to be perfect to be great.
In fact, nobody you meet who is truly great is also perfect.
Perfection isn't possible.
But as long as you're committed to improving yourself daily...
You will have no issues becoming great.
Every single one of us has gone through and will go through tough times.
It’s an unavoidable fact of life.
When we find ourselves in these tough times, it can be extremely difficult to maintain a positive outlook and attitude.
If you’re struggling right now, I want you...
"I'll never be successful because of [insert excuse]."
How many times have you heard this before?
If I had to guess ... more times than you'd like to admit.
One of the most common ways I see people severely limit their potential and happiness in life is by living as an inauthentic version of themselves.
In fact, this is how most people live…
They build their entire life and identity around the standards and expectations of society and the people around them…
Never taking the time to consider or express who it is they truly are…