By Elizabeth Smith
Do you want to know how you can become the best version of yourself? That’s a question I found myself asking at the start of the year. I had my goals written down and I had the woman in mind that I was trying to become. But the question was how?
It wasn’t an easy one to answer, and it didn’t take me two weeks to figure it out. To be honest, it is six months later and it’s still a work in progress. But these things don’t happen overnight so don’t expect them to. Becoming the best version of yourself takes time, and it takes dedication. There isn’t a day off and there’s no room for excuses.
I began to view myself as a work in progress, which meant every day I had to do something to push forward in order to be better. And of course, I’ve had a few stumbles along the way, but who hasn’t? This is my journey and how I began to change my life for the better, which in turn made me a better person. Take a look at these tips to start becoming the best version of yourself too…
1. Start With The Vision
What does the best version of yourself look like?
First things first, you need to realize what that best version of yourself looks like. Who is she? What does she wear? What does she think? There are certain questions you have to ask yourself in order to get to know yourself, and I would personally recommend these: 15 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Want To Be Successful.
The one thing important to remember here is that this has to be your vision and not anybody else’s. It needs to come from you. It’s not about who your boss wants you to be, or what your mum thinks you should behave like. It’s your dream and it’s your life – so in order to feel like you are attaining a higher level of yourself then you need to first figure out your vision and then execute it.
2. You ALWAYS Need To Do More…
It’s as simple as that. You need to do more! What you’re doing now? It’s not enough. Think about it. Successful women did not acquire their positions or get to where they are by just taking each day as it comes. They always plan ahead, which means they’re always two steps ahead, rather than being five steps behind.
I understand that things get busy, but don’t let that be your excuse for not doing everything you want to do to be the best version of yourself. Because truthfully, I used to think this way. Until I realized that I was letting my life go by excuse after excuse.
If you want to be the best you can be in your career, then you need to put the work in behind the scenes. And unfortunately, it is a lot of work and it will take a lot of effort. But trust me when I tell you that it really pays off and that you’ll begin to love the woman you’re growing into.
So, this means using any bit of spare time you have to improve on yourself. Of course, save those days where you can relax, but rather than reading your favorite crime thriller on your commute, try reading a book that will inspire and motivate you. Take a look at these books we recommend, or try listening to podcasts – these ones changed everything for me.
3. Embrace The Unknown
You can’t expect to be the best version of yourself if you don’t take risks and just play it safe. Comfort zones are for the comfortable. They’re for the people who give into the fear. Don’t let yourself be one of those people. Honestly, I’m a person who has to constantly push past comfort zones, because I like to feel comfortable. It’s where I feel safe. But fear is something we constantly invent and something we can always overcome.
For example, I had a successful job where I was on good money and managing a team of 70. However, I wasn’t enthused about waking up every day. In fact, I hated it. It wasn’t my passion. And leaving this job and taking a risk was the best thing that ever happened to me. Since then, I’ve never let the fear of money and bills stress me out or hold me back.
And you shouldn’t either. Because you never know, getting fired may actually be the best thing that’s ever happened to you. And I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason, all it means is that better things are around the corner for you. Remember, life is all about risks and changes. But know and trust that it will all be fine in the end. Has it ever not been?
The best version of yourself could be waiting for you. Stop making her wait.
4. Grow From Your Mistakes
If you don’t embrace failure or give up easily you will never be the best version of yourself. Life is tough and success isn’t easy, but that certainly does not mean you can’t smash it.Let me tell you that mistakes are human, they happen, but it’s how you react to those mistakes that really matter.
For example, I had to organize a big huge campaign shoot with models and we were shooting at 9 AM! I was also responsible for booking the camera and photographer for that morning. But I had forgotten to do it. Big oops!
It wasn’t until 9 AM when my boss asked me if the camera was on the way. That I realized, of course, it wasn’t. Right then, right there I could have given up. Rather than crying, or stressing out and letting it get to me I decided to bounce back and come up with a solution, which I did.
And that’s what you need to do. Find a solution, don’t give up. You’ve made the mistake, fix it, grow from it, and learn from it. Be the problem solver – you’ll be a much better person because of it.
5. Be The Sort Of Person You Would Admire
I want to be someone people look up to. And I’m guessing you’re the same too. The successful women I admire now are women I aim to be. And if you want to be the best version of yourself you can be then that means becoming this woman. Does this sound impossible to you?
Because I’m here to tell you that it’s not. You can be anything and everything you set your mind to, with the right amount of ambition, commitment, dedication and of course, hard work you’ll do it. What does this woman look like to you? Did she build a business from the ground up? Or is she an amazing advocate for female empowerment?
Figure out her traits and see how many of them you actually have yourself. Chances are, you have a lot more in common than you may have originally thought. The only differences are is this woman is recognized for her work and gets to do it on a larger scale. That’s how you need to figure out how you can take the next step.
It’s all about your mindsets and reprogramming your mind for success. The women, we admire and look up and aspire to all each have different mindsets – read the article here and check it out and see what mindset you want.
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