Wanting to help others is a great goal—but not so fast. You’re forgetting an important somebody. Before you get there, you have to start with someone you know and love— yourself. That’s right, the person staring back in the mirror is the first person you should attempt to help. Lucky for you, September is Self Improvement Month. And by taking small steps toward being happy with the way you live, you’ll be able to help others in the same way. Here are some tips for you to make an improvement, no matter how big or small. It all starts with you. So, get out there.
First things first. How do you want to improve yourself? After you’ve asked that question, write it down. There’s something about letting all of your thoughts flow onto the paper that makes them more real. And once you have a list of improvements you’d like to make, it’s time to put those plans to work. Your list could contain plans to do something you’ve always dreamed of, plans to be better organized or even plans to quit a bad habit. Evaluate your list and set a timeline. Because of a time constraint, you’ll be more likely to follow through with what you have planned.
Down Time is Your Friend
Improving yourself takes work. But that doesn’t mean you have to constantly be on the go. Rest and relaxation are rare in the fast-paced world we know and love. Cut something out of your busy schedule that you can afford to lose. Instead, replace it with something you love. That could mean your favorite hobby, picking up a book or even sitting down for a few minutes. This little break from the normal chaos will help you get in touch with happiness.
Be a Role Model
Everybody had that person in his or her life. Maybe it was a parent, someone famous or an athlete. You looked up to them. When people seek help in any sort of way, they are looking for somebody that can be an example. Whether you’re helping a neighbor, volunteering at a nonprofit or mentoring youth, you should be the person that they look up to for advice and help. So before you help them, help yourself succeed. You’ll be glad you took that time.
A Deed A Day Keeps the Improvement Raised
Surprise! You can help others while improving upon yourself. The truth is, volunteering or doing good deeds is not only great for your morale, but it’s also great for those you’re helping. It’s a win-win situation. So make a goal to do at least one good deed a day. It could be helping a neighbor, brightening a co-worker's day or doing something small for a complete stranger. It doesn’t matter the magnitude of your contribution, because every little deed helps.