Be Addicted to Bettering Yourself

be addicted to bettering yourself

If you want to make your life the best it can be, then you need to be addicted to bettering yourself.

Here’s how you can want to do what it takes to become who you want to be.

Fads, Burnout, and Boredom

We all like to think of how we can improve ourselves. Sometimes it’s just a fleeting thought. Sometimes it lasts a few days. But it seems like no matter how much we want it, it doesn’t last long enough.

We get sick of fad diets and routines. We make it a few weeks and then burn out as the motivation dries up. Or we just simply get bored of it all. Why did we want to do this again?

How do we keep going forward when so much seems to be pulling us back? How do we even find a way to enjoy self improvement?

If you want to make improvements stick, you need to be addicted to bettering yourself. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to make it happen.

Books, Guitar, Videos, and More

I’ve written fives books (three to the public) and read nearly 500. I’ve taught myself guitar late in life and learned over a hundred songs. I’ve written well over 2/3rds a million words, and over 1,200 blog posts. I’ve created over a hundred videos, spoken 300 times at Fortune 500 campuses, universities, churches, and clubs. Just a couple days ago I had my best weigh in of the last 6 years.

How did I do it all? With a few simple tricks. These things don’t happen overnight, but they are simple. And the best part is, when you do it right, you will be addicted to bettering yourself, and that’s what makes it all work.

Building the Addiction

In order to better yourself, you have to want to do it. No matter how strong your will is, it can crack and break if your heart’s not in it.  In order to keep moving forward, you need to build an addiction to bettering yourself. Here’s how to do that.

  • Make It Easy: The biggest reason people burn out is that they try to do too much too fast. You’re wanting to make a lifelong change, not a quick fix. The thing you have to realize is your first job is not making a change, but making a habit. Don’t worry about working out 30 minutes a day if you never have. Just focus on being active for 5 minutes. Run in place while watching TV. Do whatever you need to do to just build the habit. Over time, you will crave more and therefore do more. The important thing is just to build the habit.
  • Make It Valuable: Make sure to choose something that really inspires you and motivates you. Not only will this help you be addicted to bettering yourself, it will give you good feedback that will help you improve your life in other ways as well.
  • Make It Pay: The next thing you want to do is do something that means something to you and then find ways to reward yourself. Are you trying to lose weight? Plan a nice night out if you lose 10 pounds. If you lose 50, plan a weekend away. If you lose more, plan a vacation.

You can become who you want to be if you focus on what you want to accomplish instead of quick fixes. Build up your habits. Choose inspiring changes, and reward yourself. If you do it right, you will find that you will be addicted to bettering yourself and will want to keep doing it more and more.

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