Everyone is looking to strive and become successful. Defining success can be pretty difficult. Even the simple things like setting a standard for success might be an almost impossible task. There are so many things to take into account- money, romantic relationships, social status, professional development, self empowerment, self growth, raising a family, being reliable and much more. Truth be told the definition of success is not found in a book, classroom, office or magazine.
Modern men are bombarded and governed by so many standards and double standards it’s very easy to get lost. Most of the time you achieve “success” but feel empty. Professional and economic success are great, but may not fulfill your personal goals and desires. Bottom line is this: if you are not happy with yourself you will never feel successful. You can make changes to your day to day to start enjoying life in ways you never thought possible. Making significant changes is not easy and requires a lot of time and effort. Being happy with who you are will help you enjoy your professional success without feeling drained or empty. Check out these self improvement ideas and tips below and start living the successful life you’ve always dreamed of.
Men often sacrifice what they want for what they “should” do. Forget about male standards and break the mold. Sleep more and make your sleep a priority before anything else. Sleeping and resting are pivotal for success. Of course oversleeping is not good either. Just make sure you keep a healthy sleep cycle and get at least 7 to 9 hours sleep every night. Sleep’s best friend is a healthy diet. Now that doesn’t mean you have to go vegetarian or vegan. Meat, cheese, milk and veggies are all part of a balanced diet. This will give you the energy you need to make the changes you desire and feel good about your lifestyle.
Working out serves many purposes. First of all it’s beneficial for your health in almost every way: helps your metabolism, tones your muscles and increases oxygen levels in your blood. It also triggers hormone production that help you regulate your sleeping and eating habits. Frequent exercise will make you look better and will therefore make you feel better about your appearance. If you don’t like hitting the gym and lifting weights don’t fret. You can always take up running, swimming or any sport as long as it involves plenty physical activity. And no, golf does not count.
That doesn’t mean go out and spend a fortune on the newest fashion trend. Fashion for men has a lot to do with confidence and how you wear your clothing. Always stick to your style. Throw out old shabby clothes, clothes that don’t fit anymore, and clothes that bring bad memories (like that shirt your first girlfriend got you). Purchase new clothes and accessories that suit your style. If you never liked your wardrobe in the first place, mix it up and try new designs and combinations. The key here is to find styles and outfits that you feel comfortable in. The rest will naturally fall into place.
A lot of men put up a fake front and try to fool others into believing they are happy. Forget about what people think about you. Being yourself doesn’t make you weaker, on the contrary it’s the exact opposite of that. Being comfortable with who you are is being truly empowered and successful. Accept things you can’t change, break patterns, face your fears and do so comfortably, without changing who you are.
Next on our list of self improvement ideas and development is to learn not to be manipulated. Simply put: stay away from negative people and those who try to manipulate you. This is a very difficult one because sometimes those who manipulate you do it without noticing. Sometimes they try to manipulate you because they care. However you will never understand what you want or who you are unless you do what you want when you want.
Last on our list of self improvement ideas and development is to give yourself some time off. Not referring to going out to a bar with your friends and doing “manly stuff”. Take time to chill out and have a relaxed day. Spas and massage parlors are a great way to take a break and give yourself a nice treat. Start meditating and doing some soul searching in your free time. Ever had anything you want to do and “never had the chance”? This is the perfect time. Try traveling by yourself, taking a cooking course, learning a new language or do whatever you really wanted to do. No judgements, no regrets.
There are many other steps you should take to achieve success. However, these self improvement ideas and tips are a great way to set yourself on the right track. Developing a positive routine and healthy life rhythm will allow you to learn more about who you are and what truly makes you happy giving you the cornerstones to achieve a successful life.