The conversation surrounding self-improvement tends to be aimed towards a younger audience, in particular those within their twenties. It is geared towards a younger audience who are starting in life, to ensure that they make the most out of the life they live.
However, everyone will experience changes in their lives at different ages, not just in their younger years. Opportunities and experiences are available to people of all ages, as well as the dreams we have about what we want to happen in the future. As such, it makes sense that anyone, regardless of age, should be able to work on their self-improvement to ensure that they live a more fulfilled life.
If you are on the fence about beginning the journey of self-improvement, here are just a few reasons as to why it is never too late to start, despite what you may think.
Age Is A Number
Your age does not prevent you from making any changes in your life. As you grow older, you have to adapt to new ways of living, sometimes learning new things. So, why not make one of the new things you learn ways to improve yourself. Whilst it might feel like a challenge at times, all it takes is practice, patience and some persistence and you will begin to see improvements in your overall wellbeing.
Drop The Excuses
“I’ll start tomorrow” or “I don’t have enough money”, are common phrases many of us use as a reason to delay partaking in something. By saying you will start tomorrow, only creates the idea that the task is not important and that other things hold more value. When it comes to becoming a better person and improving yourself, there is no time like the present to begin the process. When looking at the task at hand, highlight what the reason is as to why you are preventing yourself from going forward. When you identify it, that is one of the first steps of self-improvement, being aware of your obstacles that try and block your progress.
As for saying that you have no money, you are saying that to be happy and do well, money is the key to achieving this. We waste our energy on how money influences various areas of our lives such as time and changes we make. Instead, focus your energy on opportunities you currently have thanks to money. The energy we put into a project or how we live our lives will influence our experience. As such, it takes the same amount of energy to talk positively and negatively about the circumstances you find yourself in. Might as well spend that energy talking more positively about the opportunities you currently have.
Ways To Help You On Your Journey Of Self-Improvement
After deciding that you are not too old to begin implementing strategies for how to improve yourself, the next step is knowing where to start. Not all techniques or approaches are going to work for everyone, as such, it is about testing out various methods to find the ones that suit you best. These are the obstacles that you will face along the way, however, by being persistent and patient with the process, you will likely find an approach that works for you.
Endless Resources At Your Fingertips – The conversation around self-improvement is becoming increasingly more relevant, especially with the stigma around mental health on the decline. As a result, there has been a surge in the quantity and quality of resources available all discussing self-improvement and techniques that you can apply to help you in your journey. From podcasts to videos, books and online blogs, there is something that suits everyone, the challenge is finding the one that suits you best. For instance, if you were wanting to improve how to make better decisions to live a simpler life, you make look at Ed Latimore’s notes on mental mastery. This provides a plethora of posts around mental mastery to help you to improve your overall focus and ability to learn new subjects.
Small Changes Can Make An Impact – There is a common misconception that to make a difference in your life, you need to make a grand change to get the ball rolling. Whilst this might be the push some need, implementing small changes can often make a greater impact and are far easier to maintain. For instance, if you are looking to improve your diet, you might think you need to completely change the foods and drinks you consume. For some, this might work and they can stick to the new change in their diet. For others, this dramatic change will sometimes only last for a short period before old habits begin to creep back in. Instead, aim for small changes to start with such as reducing the amount of sugar you have in your tea or coffee, or even swapping out milk for non-dairy options such as soy milk or oat milk.
Realistic Goals Will Likely See Results – Just like with implementing small changes, setting realistic goals are also more likely to allow you to see results in your progress to improve yourself. Creating grand goals that are unattainable, will only deter your progress on how you feel when you do not achieve your set target. Focus on what you know you are likely to achieve, with a timeline that is realistic in obtaining these goals. In doing so, you will get to celebrate the goals you hit and create more milestones to achieve as you work on your self-improvement.
Focus On You – Regardless of what age you are, we are all guilty of comparing what we have with the others around us. Whether that be the number or types of holidays a person has, the car they drive or the house they live in, we have all looked at the life someone else is living and felt a little dejected that ours is nothing like theirs. In doing, it creates great unhappiness in our lives, impacting how we view ourselves and what we have. While it might seem like they are living the life of luxury, one filled with endless perks, this may not be accurate. Despite how it might appear, what you do not see is any of their struggles, challenges that they are facing or any insecurities they are trying to tackle. As such, focus your attention and energy on yourself, what you have and how you can improve yourself.
The Decision Is Yours
As you look at the various changes you can implement to make a difference in your life, remember that regardless of age, time of year or the experiences you have had to date, it is never too late to begin your journey of self-improvement. Your age should not be a hindrance when trying to achieve your dreams, complete projects or improve the way you live your life.
Despite what you may think, you are more than capable and ready to begin the journey of self-improvement to help you improve how you live your life. Ultimately, we all have one life to live and so it is worth ensuring that you make it a great one.