Become The Best Version Of Yourself
Become the best version of yourself! Since I started my blog, I’ve been on a journey of self-improvement. Striving to become the best version of myself that I could be. This has taken a lot of reflection, changes, and growth from within.
My best friend’s death is what started my writing journey. It was an experience that changed me completely and there was no going back to who I was before that. Which isn’t a bad thing. In fact I’ve always appreciated the experience because of those changes it inspired. Now as I look back on that journey, I’ve developed these tips on how to become the best version of yourself that you can implement into your life as well.
Visualize Your Best Self
What is your dream of your best self? Visualize that in your mind. Make a list of what that looks like for you. It can be anything, but don’t be shy or vague about it. Imagine exactly what your best self looks like to you. This is different for everyone, and I encourage you to embrace the unique you.
Once you can visualize your best self and exactly what that looks like for you, start showing up to everything as exactly what you’ve visualized in your head. You owe it to yourself to be the best, so start acting like the best version of yourself.
Remember Your Version, Not Other’s Version of You
When I said visualize your best self, that is your version of your best self. Not anyone else’s version of the best you. Ignore anyone else who has an opinion. This is all about you and what you want for yourself. There is a reason this is called becoming the best version of yourself.
I’ve often said that I will never live up to anyone else’s standards they have for me. I honestly don’t want to live up to their standards, because I don’t even care what those standards are. I care about my own standards because I am the only person who is in charge of my happiness. Trying to live up to the standards or version that others are expecting is a surefire way to ensure I am not becoming my best self.
Focus On Blessings, Not Problems
When you focus on either positive or negative things, you’ll get more of those. Which one would you rather have, blessings or problems? I’d much rather have blessings! Hopefully you would too. But if you’re feeling like you have more problems, it is time for a mindset shift to focus on the good stuff.
Start with practicing gratitude each day. Can’t find something to be grateful for? Well, you woke up this morning, right? Start there! The fact you’re still alive means your story isn’t finished, and you have another new day to make a difference.
Be Honest With Yourself
If you aren’t honest with yourself, there can’t be any improvement. It also means you aren’t being honest with anyone else either. So instead of becoming the best version of yourself, you are creating the best fake version of yourself. This is cheating yourself, and no one wants to do that. Being honest, especially with ourselves, is often painful and difficult. But you deserve the best, why deprive yourself of the best?
Being honest with ourselves also means acknowledging flaws and the need for improvement. That isn’t fun, but it needs to happen. Self-reflection is quite productive, but rarely fun or pleasant.
Don’t Be Afraid To Say No
Take inventory of your life and ask yourself if a person, place, or experience helps your goal of becoming your best self. If the answer is no, then say no to it. Don’t be afraid to say no! It is ok to say no to spending time with toxic people, going places that have negative memories or make you uncomfortable.
Too often we keep people around because they represent our past. But acknowledging that they don’t represent our future is painful and unpleasant. That is often why we keep people around far longer than they deserve to be in our lives. It is perfectly okay to let go of the people and things that do not represent or assist you becoming the best version of yourself.
One of my favorite quotes is “decide what kind of life you actually want, then say no to everything that isn’t that.” This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve found in relationship to becoming the best version of myself. It is ok to say no to the things that don’t support that goal.
The journey to becoming the best version of ourselves never ends because we are always evolving and changing as we experience new things. This is the best part of the journey to me! I am a work in progress, and so are you!
There is beauty and confidence that come along with the journey to become our best selves. I’ve often found myself smiling a lot more as I go down this road. Sometimes I cry because self-reflection is painful. But more often than not, I smile. This journey is one where I can learn about myself and learn to love myself while striving to be the best version of myself. I can’t help but smile as I know I’m well on my way to achieving that goal, and can see clear visible progress.
Focusing on becoming the best version of yourself is a form of self-care. To take care of others around us, we have to take care of ourselves first. When on an airplane, the stewardess explains the need to put our oxygen mask on first, then assist others if there is an emergency. If we are striving to become the best version of ourselves, we can all support and lift others up who are going about that same journey.
I hope this is a journey that you decide to take, because there are so many good things that will come from it! It is an amazing opportunity to learn and grow. Read similar posts here.
Have you taken steps to become the best version of yourself? Tell me about them in the comments!