10 Ways To Discover The Best Version Of Yourself
By Alicia Driskill
It's been four months since I began the journey to find something MORE and I must say I am shocked at how quickly time has flown by.
I've realized that the drive and passion that I've felt for years is greater than what I initially believed it to be. I grew up in a family with an incredibly strong work ethic. My father instilled the value of this in me and I live and breathe this every day of my life.
But what I didn't realize was that this value is more than just the desire to be a hard worker. It's about the continued desire to learn. To grow. To be something more because I want to become the best version of me. Now, don't get me wrong. This is NOT an effort to strive to perfection.
This is actually the opposite. It's about being honest and real. It's about being present and wanting to grow now, tomorrow and year after year. It's about being vulnerable, understanding who you are and identifying your strengths.
We all want to be the best versions of ourselves, but it is so easy to self-sabotage the mission when you get overwhelmed by a grandiose vision of who you want to become.
So I say this... Take small steps. Reward yourself for your accomplishments and be open to change. Here are 10 habits to help get you in the right mindset to make a commitment to yourself. Sure it's easy to be your #1 self-destructive enemy, but you can also be your own best advocate.
1. Stop Waiting.
There will never be a perfect time in your life to take a leap and there will always be an excuse. So go for it... NOW.
2. Find your peeps.
As I near 40 (eek!), I've realized the value of real relationships. I've been truly astonished by the amazing women I've met along this journey and the power of togetherness. Magic happens when you find people who are mission aligned with your goals and heading in the same direction you want to pursue. The power of collaboration is truly unstoppable and we are so much better TOGETHER.
3. Speak Positively.
A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Excitement & positivity are contagious. Believe in your mission and don't self-sabotage or judge yourself! Focus on your strengths, what you've accomplished to date and set goals to build upon them.
4. Keep Learning.
"Everyone you'll ever meet knows something you don't." - Bill Nye
5. Cut Yourself Some Slack.
So. Much. Pressure out there, no need to add to it. You deserve a break. Do what you can, if you need to pause, do so and hit reset.
SO. WHAT. It's okay to fail. It's okay to change your mind. It's okay to learn from mistakes. Every great leader has failed. It's the resilience you build and the rebound that adds character and helps you grow as a person.
7. Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone.
A comfort zone is a comfortable place, but nothing ever grows there.
8. Don't be a people pleaser. Make decisions for you.
Forget about what they think. It doesn't matter. The people you want in your life will be there... indefinitely.
9. Take care of yourself.
Exercise. Eat foods that make you feel strong and give you energy. Your body will appreciate now, but even more in 10 years ;)
10. Set small goals and take action.
It's easier to make progress when you make each step attainable. By setting small goals and checking them off along the way you feel a great sense of accomplishment for the progress you've achieved.
So what inspires you? Let me know how you continue to stay motivated & what you do on your journey to become the best version of you.