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How to Go Vegan (Step-By-Step Guide from a Fitness Coach)

How to Go Vegan (Step-By-Step Guide from a Fitness Coach)

‘I could never do that’.

This is the answer I mostly hear from people once I’ve told them that I’m a vegan. And the truth is: I thought the same way before. I’ve eaten meat my entire life – like most people. Maybe I even overdid it a little bit. I’ve followed the typical bodybuilding diet, rice and chicken with nearly every meal. This sometimes resulted in over 1 kilogram of meat a day.

This is not what I would consider a healthy meal nowadays, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have cared if someone told me so back then.

It’s now over two years that I’ve became a vegan and I haven’t looked back. If you want to know more about how I stay energetic being a vegan, check out my other article: How a Vegan Diet Keeps Me Energized, Mentally Sharp and Full of Drive

But here in this post, I will tell you what ‘going vegan’ really means, why it matters to you and the exact steps to take to become a vegan.

What going vegan really means

Rather than think of veganism as an identity, it makes the most sense to use it as a concept that inspires you to remove animal products from your life. Sometimes, it’s not fully clear whether a given food or cosmetics ingredient comes from animals, but you will get used to it pretty fast.

A vegetarian diet is commonly understood to forbid meat and fish, but to allow both eggs and dairy. The word vegan takes this concept to the next level, cutting out every item of animal origin. Vegan refers to anything that’s free of animal products: no meat, milk, eggs, wool, leather, honey and so forth.

Following such diet or lifestyle, as you may call it, brings three big advantages:

  1. Increasing the well-being of animals through the avoidance of their consumption (possibly a no brainer)
  2. Bettering your health by minimizing the exposure to possible pathogens (such as red meat, which is a known group-1 carcinogen)
  3. Helping the planet by reducing your environmental footprint (through the reduced CO2 emission and methane, which livestock, especially cows, produce)

No matter the degree to which you ultimately embrace the vegan concept, it makes sense to begin your transition by emphasizing dietary choices. Because the overwhelming majority of animal use associated with your life almost certainly arises from your food choices:

    How I started going vegan

    You may not believe me when I tell you that, but I loved the taste of meat. I’m not going to lie. I remember telling a friend of mine after going vegan that I’m just trying this vegan-thing out and that I’ll probably have to eat a Big Mac again soon and ‘treat myself’.

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    I was the guy eating chicken and rice out of the Tupperware, while everyone was enjoying the cafeteria lunch at work. My mother worried about me, because while everyone was busy eating dinner in our family home, I was the only one standing in the kitchen, cooking my bland turkey.

    I used to write down everything that I ate. I still have my MyFitnessPal entries from back then. Looking at them nowadays is shocking. 500 grams of low fat quark at 5am in the morning. 1 kilogram of unseasoned chicken on a daily basis.

    If you want to know the honest reason why I went vegan, the true reason for this dramatic shift – here it is: My girlfriend at that time gifted me a book called ‘Eating Animals’, by Jonathan Safran Foer. After devouring the book in less than a week and going through the following weeks of denial, I finally decided to slowly transform into becoming a vegetarian.

    After reading such horrific stories about the daily lives of animals in factory farms, it seemed like a logical next step for me. In retrospect it probably was the combination of love and the hero syndrome. I always wanted to be the one that does the right thing, even if everyone was against it.

    While I was contemplating if I should go vegan, I’ve felt like Neo in the Matrix. Choosing between living life with the bliss of ignorance or living life facing the brutality of reality.

      After making the decision to go vegan – to take the red pill – everyone in my social circle thought that I was going crazy. ‘You will lose all your muscles!’, ‘This can’t be healthy.’ and ‘You won’t last longer than two weeks.’, were things that I heard on a regular basis.

      If I wouldn’t have informed me thoroughly, I wouldn’t have been able to withstand all this negative criticism with facts and data. If I wouldn’t amassed the right knowledge before going vegan, I would’ve spitted out the red pill within a month. Or as in the Matrix – what a great coincidence – ate a traitorous steak.

        Going vegan reminds me of the crypto marketplace. Bare with me:

        I’ve made a couple thousand dollars with cryptocurrencies in the last year. Most people that I know have sold their cryptos for a loss or a minuscule profit. Because when the crisis hit, everyone has sold their stakes, disregarding the enormous potential behind it.

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        What made me able to make money of Ethereum and Bitcoin and co., was my knowledge behind the structures of the cryptocurrencies. The potential of the Blockchain, smart contracts and the problems in the financial markets that it might be able to solve. I’ve gained this advantage by reading a simple book.

        Until now this might’ve seemed like a far stretch from veganism. But you have to realize that in the life that we live in, there are very few things that are more important than knowledge.

        Is going vegan for everyone?

        A long-term transition to a healthier diet can be recommended to everyone in my opinion. But if you fit into one of these categories, you should not follow a complete vegan diet right now:

        • Pregnant women, with no experience of following a vegan diet before.
        • Suffering from a severe mental or physical illness, where your doctor is actively advising against following a vegan diet.
        • Suffering from intense stress. Like a burn-out or a recent break-up.

        If you fit into the previously listed categories, a drastic switch is not recommended in this moment as the short-term stress might harm you or others around you.

        If you still feel unsure whether or not you are fitted for the plant-based nutrition, visit a competent physician near you. You can find plant-based doctors in your area, by visiting PlantBasedDoctors.Org.

        A step-by-step guide to become a vegan

        I wrote down a step-by-step plan for you to slowly get drawn into this vegan journey. Before you know it, you’re already in a good routine.

        1. Ask yourself why you want to become a vegan

        You see me talking a lot about your ‘Why’. I can’t stress this one enough. Asking yourself ‘Why’ is so important. You have to know yourself, not just if you want to become a vegan, but if you want to live a good life. Introspection is a crucial skill that you have to develop.

        Start asking yourself the hard questions:

        • Why do I do what I do?
        • Why am I going to work?
        • Why do I want to follow a vegan diet?

        These questions will show you your motivations and give you a glimpse, of who you really are. They will also make achieving your goals much easier.

        2. Change your mindset

        My biggest ‘Why’ was simply my urgent need to live a life of self-control and integrity. I have a strong need to simply do what is right. After reading the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer,[1]

        I first tried to reject the information and forget what I’ve just read. But every freaking time I’ve eaten a chicken, I’ve felt guilty and shameful. I knew that eating meat would give me a lot of pleasure, but I also knew that one’s own primitive needs shouldn’t outweigh one’s morals and principles. I mean otherwise you could justify rape.

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          You have to change your mindset to the point when you realize that instant gratification should not be the epitome of your life. This shouldn’t sound woo-woo, but start to look at the big picture.

          3. Be prepared for resistance

          You need to know what you’re talking about when you’re becoming a vegan. Whenever you’re swimming against the stream, you will, by the laws of physics, face resistance. The only way to withstand this resistance is by preparation.

          Next to reading my articles on Lifehack and visiting my Youtube channel, I advise you to read the following books. These books alone will give you more knowledge about healthy nutrition than 99% of the general population. The big three are:

          • How Not To Die – A book with over 2,400 five star reviews on Amazon. How to prevent our leading causes of death with nutrition. All proceeds from the book go to charity.
          • Eating Animals – The ethics behind eating animals, as the book title says. The one book that made me go vegan.
          • The China Study – A book about the most comprehensive study ever done on the relation of diet and human health. A second book on health, as the biggest argument you will get into, regarding veganism, will be about the health aspects.

          4. Set a new standard for yourself

          After fool-proofing yourself with the necessary knowledge, your main goal should be to set a new standard. And the only way you’re setting a new standard in the long-term, is by making a sustainable transition.

          Eating plant-based is normal for me. I don’t feel restricted in any way, veganism means living a more natural and ethical life for me. My diet is full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, ‘plant-milks’, seeds and beans.

          I don’t wear fur nor any other animal skin. Not because I don’t have to, but because I don’t want to. I mean: I’d rather consider the place where I live, love and laugh a garden, not a cemetery.

          Going vegan also means saying no to immediate gratification and taking a look at the bigger picture. Going vegan signals self-control.

          By going vegan you’re setting your own gratification aside for the bigger picture. Be it for your health, the planet or the animals. You’re setting priorities and you show that you live a life of principles.

          5. Analyze your eating habits

          People often tell me that they have never eaten anything vegan. Which is of course complete bullocks. If you’ve ever eaten a banana, you’ve eaten vegan food. Chances are you’re already eating vegan to a pretty high degree.

          To find out to what degree, write down how your current eating habits look like. This may be tedious but this is golden. What do you eat from breakfast to dinner? Once you’ve figured out what you’re currently eating, you can think about how you can better your eating habits.

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          To make keeping track of your daily diet easily, I recommend you to use the app MyFitnessPal. It’s free and easy-to-use.

          6. Eat more whole-food, plant-based foods

          Instead of advising people to stop eating what they’re currently eating, I like to advise them that they should simply eat more of the good stuff. Research has shown that people even lose more weight when they’re advised to eat more veggies instead of being advised to eat less sweets. If you’re eating brown rice, broccoli and chicken for lunch right now, I’ll advise you to simply double the portion size of your broccoli and rice, while keeping the chicken portion the same size.

          After some time you’ll crave healthier and healthier foods. Making it far easier to eat good nutrition. You’ve developed a habit before you know it.

          If you want to know more about vegan foods, check out my other article that gives you 40+ vegan recipes ideas.

            7. Buy vegan alternatives

            After you’ve analyzed your eating habits, highlight the meals where you’re currently eating non-veggie. Meals containing meat, dairy, honey and cheese.

            Buy vegan alternative foods for these meals. Nowadays these vegan-foods can be found in nearly every supermarket. It’s absolutely easy to find alternatives. Like cheese on your pizza? Guess what, there are vegan alternatives for it. Always liked eating grill ribs? Yes, there are vegan grill ribs available. I’m not joking, the possibilities are nearly endless.

            8. Buy vegan clothes

            This is the last and hardest part. I don’t advise you to throw your current clothes away. Instead I’ll advise you to buy ethical new clothes. Pay special attention when buying jackets and shoes. You want to stay clear from wool and leather.

            The shoes are usually the trickiest part to find while being a vegan. Here’s a guide on your shoes, which are probably the hardest clothes to buy vegan:

            Going vegan can be easier than you might think if you simply follow these proven steps. Even if it may be challenging at some point, in the end, swallowing the red pill will be worth it, trust me.

            Reference

            [1] Jonathan Safran Foer: Eating Animals

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            42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself

            42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself

            Are you someone who likes to grow? Do you constantly seek to improve yourself and become better?

            If you do, then we have something in common.

            I’m very passionate about personal growth. It was just 4 years ago when I discovered my passion for growing and helping others grow. At that time, I was 22 and in my final year of university. As I thought about the meaning of life, I realized there was nothing more meaningful than to pursue a life of development and betterment. It is through improving ourselves that we get the most out of life.

            After a year and a half of actively pursuing growth and helping others to grow through my personal development blog, I realize there is never an end to the journey of self improvement.

            The more I grow, the more I realize there is so much out there I don’t know, so much that I have to learn.

            For sure, there is always something about ourselves we can improve on. The human potential is limitless, so it’s impossible to reach a point of no growth.

            Whenever we think we are good, we can be even better.

            As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. I’ve compiled 42 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Some of them are simple steps which you can engage in immediately. Some are bigger steps which takes conscious effort to act on. Here they are:

            1. Read a book every day.

            Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to.

            What are some books you can start reading to enrich yourself? Some books I’ve read and found useful are Think and Grow Rich, Who Moved My Cheese, 7 Habits, The Science of Getting Rich and Living the 80/20 Way.

            When you’re reading a book every day, you will feed your brain with more and more knowledge.

            Here’re 5 really good books to read for self-improvement:

            2. Learn a new language.

            As a Singaporean Chinese, my main languages are English, Mandarin and Hokkien (a Chinese dialect). Out of interest, I took up language courses in the past few years such as Japanese and Bahasa Indonesian.

            I realized learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience.

            3. Pick up a new hobby.

            Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn?

            Examples are fencing, golf, rock climbing, football, canoeing, or ice skating.

            Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. For example, pottery, Italian cooking, dancing, wine appreciation, web design, etc.

            Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.

            Here’re 20 hobbies to get you some new ideas

            20 Productive Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter and Happier

            4. Take up a new course.

            Is there any new course you can join? Courses are a great way to gain new knowledge and skills.

            It doesn’t have to be a long-term course – seminars or workshops serve their purpose too.

            I’ve been to a few workshops and they have helped me gain new insights which I had not considered before.

            In fact, anyone who wants to be a smarter learner should take this 20-minute FREE class: Spark Your Learning Genius. It will help supercharge your learning ability and pick up any skill faster!

            5. Create an inspirational room.

            Your environment sets the mood and tone for you. If you are living in an inspirational environment, you are going to be inspired every day.

            In the past, I didn’t like my room at all because I thought it was messy and dull. A few years ago, I decided this was the end of it – I started on a “Mega Room Revamp” project and overhauled my room.

            The end result? A room I totally relish being in and inspires me to be at my peak every day.


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              6. Overcome your fears.

              All of us have fears. Fear of uncertainty, fear of public speaking, fear of risk… All our fears keep us in the same position and prevent us from growing.

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              Recognize that your fears reflect areas where you can grow. I always think of fears as the compass for growth.

              If I have a fear about something, it represents something I’ve yet to address, and addressing it helps me to grow.

              Learn How to Overcome Your Irrational Fears (That Stop You from Succeeding).

              7. Level up your skills.

              If you have played video games before, especially RPGs, you’ll know the concept of leveling up – gaining experience so you can be better and stronger.

              As a blogger, I’m constantly leveling up my writing skills. As a speaker, I’m constantly leveling up my public engagement abilities. What skills can you level up?

              8. Wake up early.

              Waking up early (say, 5-6am) has been acknowledged by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, among other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life.

              I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day.

              Not sure how to wake up early and feel energetic? These ideas will help:

              How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

              9. Have a weekly exercise routine.

              A better you starts with being in better physical shape. I personally make it a point to jog at least 3 times a week, at least 30 minutes each time.

              You may want to mix it up with jogging, gym lessons and swimming for variation.

              Check out these 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).


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                10. Start your life handbook.

                A life handbook is an idea I started 3 years ago.

                Basically, it’s a book which contains the essentials on how you can live your life to the fullest, such as your purpose, your values and goals. Sort of like your manual for your life.

                I started my life handbook since 2007 and it’s been a crucial enabler in my progress.

                11. Write a letter to your future self.

                What do you see yourself as 5 years from now? Will you be the same? Different? What kind of person will you be?

                Write a letter to your future self – 1 year from now will be a good start – and seal it.

                Make a date in your calendar to open it 1 year from now. Then start working to become the person you want to open that letter.

                12. Get out of your comfort zone.

                Real growth comes with hard work and sweat. Being too comfortable doesn’t help us grow, it makes us stagnate.

                What is your comfort zone? Do you stay in most of the time? Do you keep to your own space when out with other people?

                Shake your routine up. Do something different.

                By exposing yourself to a new context, you’re literally growing as you learn to act in new circumstances.

                13. Put someone up to a challenge.

                Competition is one of the best ways to grow. Set a challenge (weight loss, exercise, financial challenge, etc) and compete with an interested friend to see who achieves the target first.

                Through the process, both of you will gain more than if you were to set off on the target alone.

                14. Identify your blind spots.

                Scientifically, blind spots refer to areas our eyes are not capable of seeing. In personal development terms, blind spots are things about ourselves we are unaware of. Discovering our blind spots help us discover our areas of improvement.

                One exercise I use to discover my blind spots is to identify all the things/events/people that trigger me in a day — trigger meaning making me feel annoyed/weird/affected. These represent my blind spots.

                It’s always fun to do the exercise because I discover new things about myself, even if I may already think I know my own blind spots (but then they wouldn’t be blind spots would they?).

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                After that, I work on steps to address them.

                15. Ask for feedback.

                As much as we try to improve, we will always have blind spots. Asking for feedback gives us an additional perspective.

                Some people to approach will be friends, family, colleagues, boss, or even acquaintances, since they will have no preset bias and can give their feedback objectively.

                Learn more about how to ask for feedback and become a fast learner here!

                16. Stay focused with to-do lists.

                I start my day with a list of tasks I want to complete and this helps make me stay focused. In comparison, the days when I don’t do this end up being extremely unproductive.

                For example, part of my to-do list for today is to write a guest post at LifeHack.Org, and this is why I’m writing this now!

                Since my work requires me to use my computer all the time, I use Free Sticky Notes to manage my to-do lists. It’s really simple to use and it’s a freeware, so I recommend you check it out.

                17. Set Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs).

                I’m a big fan of setting BHAGs. BHAGs stretch you beyond your normal capacity since they are big and audacious – you wouldn’t think of attempting them normally.

                What are BHAGs you can embark on, which you’ll feel absolutely on top of the world once you complete them? Set them and start working on them.

                Learn How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life.

                18. Acknowledge your flaws.

                Everyone has flaws. What’s most important is to understand them, acknowledge them, and address them.

                What do you think are your flaws? What are the flaws you can work on now? How do you want to address them?

                19. Get into action.

                The best way to learn and improve is to take action.

                What is something you have been meaning to do? How can you take action on it immediately?

                Waiting doesn’t get anything done. Taking action gives you immediate results to learn from.

                20. Learn from people who inspire you.

                Think about people you admire. People who inspire you. These people reflect certain qualities you want to have for yourself too.

                What are the qualities in them you want to have for yourself? How can you acquire these qualities?

                21. Quit a bad habit.

                Are there any bad habits you can lose? Oversleeping? Not exercising? Being late? Slouching? Nail biting? Smoking?

                Here’s some great advice from Lifehack’s CEO on hacking your habit loop to break bad habits and build good ones:

                How to Break a Habit and Hack the Habit Loop

                22. Cultivate a new habit.

                Some good new habits to cultivate include reading books (#1), waking up early (#8), exercising (#9), reading a new personal development article a day (#40) and meditating.

                Is there any other new habit you can cultivate to improve yourself?

                If you’re wondering how to make good habits stick, check out these tips:

                18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick

                23. Avoid negative people.

                As Jim Rohn says,

                “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”.

                Wherever we go, there are bound to be negative people. Don’t spend too much of your time around them if you feel they drag you down.

                Not sure who are the toxic people in life? This article can help you:

                10 Toxic Persons You Should Just Get Rid Of

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                24. Learn to deal with difficult people.

                There are times when there are difficult people you can’t avoid, such as at your workplace, or when the person is part of your inner circle of contacts.

                Learn how to deal with them. These people management skills will go a long way in working with people in the future:

                How To Deal With Negative People

                25. Learn from your friends.

                Everyone has amazing qualities in them. It’s up to how we want to tap into them.

                With all the friends who surround you, they are going to have things you can learn from.

                Try thinking of a good friend right now. Think about just one quality they have which you want to adopt. How can you learn from them and adopt this skill for yourself?

                Speak to them if you need to. For sure, they will be more than happy to help!

                26. Start a journal.

                Journaling is a great way to gain better self-awareness. It’s a self-reflection process.

                As you write, clarify your thought process and read what you wrote from a third person’s perspective, you gain more insights about yourself.

                Your journal can be private or an online blog. I use my personal development blog as a personal journal too and I’ve learned a lot about myself through the past year of blogging.

                27. Start a blog about personal development.

                To help others grow, you need to first be walking the talk. There are expectations of you, both from yourself and from others, which you have to uphold.

                I run The Personal Excellence Blog, where I share my personal journey and insights on how to live a better life. Readers look toward my articles to improve themselves, which enforces to me that I need to keep improving, for myself and for the people I’m reaching out to.

                28. Get a mentor or coach.

                There’s no faster way to improve than to have someone work with you on your goals.

                Many of my clients approach me to coach them in their goals and they achieve significantly more results than if they had worked alone.

                If you’re looking for a mentor, don’t miss these tips:

                What to Look for in a Good Mentor

                29. Reduce the time you spend on chat programs.

                I realized having chat programs open at default result in a lot of wasted time. This time can be much better spent on other activities.

                The days when I don’t get on chat, I get a lot more done. I usually disable the auto start-up option in the chat programs and launch them when I do want to chat and really have the time for it.

                30. Learn chess (or any strategy game).

                I found chess is a terrific game to learn strategy and hone your brainpower. Not only do you have fun, you also get to exercise your analytical skills.

                You can also learn strategy from other board games or computer games, such as Othello, Chinese Chess, WarCraft, and so on.

                31. Stop watching TV.

                I’ve not been watching TV for pretty much 4 years and it’s been a very liberating experience. (Here’re 10 Reasons To Turn Off Your TV)

                I realized most of the programs and advertisements on mainstream TV are usually of a lower consciousness and not very empowering.

                In return, the time I’ve freed up from not watching TV is now constructively used for other purposes, such as connecting with close friends, doing work I enjoy, exercising, etc.

                32. Start a 30-day challenge.

                Set a goal and give yourself 30 days to achieve this. Your goal can be to stick with a new habit or something you’ve always wanted to do but have not.

                30 days is just enough time to strategize, plan, get into action, review and nail the goal.

                33. Meditate.

                Meditation helps to calm you and be more conscious. I also realized that during the nights when I meditate (before I sleep), I need lesser sleep. The clutter clearing process is very liberating.

                Have a try with this 5-minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime.

                34. Join Toastmasters (Learn public speaking).

                Interestingly, public speaking is the #1 fear in the world, with #2 being death.

                After I started public speaking as a personal development speaker/trainer, I’ve learned a lot about how to communicate better, present myself and engage people.

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                Toastmasters is an international organization that trains people in public speaking. Check out the Toastmaster clubs nearest you here.

                35. Befriend top people in their fields.

                These people have achieved their results because they have the right attitudes, skill sets and know-how. How better to learn than from the people who have been there and done that?

                Gain new insights from them on how you can improve and achieve the same results for yourself.

                36. Let go of the past.

                Is there any grievance or unhappiness from the past which you have been holding on? If so, it’s time to let it go.

                Holding on to them prevents you from moving on and becoming a better person. Break away from the past, forgive yourself, and move on.

                Just recently, I finally moved on from a past heartbreak of 5 years ago. The effect was liberating and very empowering, and I have never been happier.

                37. Start a business venture.

                Is there anything you have an interest in? Why not turn it into a venture and make money while learning at the same time?

                Starting a new venture requires you to be learn business management skills, develop business acumen and have a competitive edge.

                The process of starting and developing my personal development business has equipped me with many skills, such as self-discipline, leadership, organization and management.

                38. Show kindness to people around you.

                You can never be too kind to someone. In fact, most of us don’t show enough kindness to people around us.

                Being kind helps us to cultivate other qualities such as compassion, patience, and love.

                As you get back to your day after reading this article later on, start exuding more kindness to the people around you, and see how they react.

                Not only that, notice how you feel as you behave kindly to others. Chances are, you will feel even better than yourself.

                39. Reach out to the people who hate you.

                If you ever stand for something, you are going to get haters.

                It’s easy to hate the people who hate us. It’s much more challenging to love them back.

                Being able to forgive, let go and show love to these people requires magnanimity and an open heart.

                Is there anyone who dislikes or hates you in your life? If so, reach out to them. Show them love.

                Seek a resolution and get closure on past grievances. Even if they refuses to reciprocate, love them all the same. It’s much more liberating than to hate them back.

                40. Take a break.

                Have you been working too hard? Self-improvement is also about recognizing our need to take a break to walk the longer mile ahead. You can’t be driving a car if it has no petrol.

                Scheduling down time for yourself is important. Take some time off for yourself every week. Relax, rejuvenate and charge yourself up for what’s up ahead.

                41. Read at least 1 personal development article a day.

                Some of my readers make it a point to read at least one personal development article every day, which I think is a great habit.

                There are many terrific personal development blogs out there, some of which you can check here.

                42. Commit to your personal growth.

                I can be writing list articles with 10 ways, 25 ways, 42 ways or even 1,000 ways to improve yourself, but if you have no intention to commit to your personal growth, it doesn’t matter what I write.

                Nothing is going to get through. We are responsible for our personal growth — not anyone else. Not your mom, your dad, your friend, me or Lifehack.

                Make the decision to commit to your personal growth and embrace yourself to a life-long journey of growth and change. Kick off your growth by picking a few of the steps above and working on them.

                The results may not be immediate, but I promise you that as long as you keep to it, you’ll start seeing positive changes in yourself and your life.

                So here you are, 43 solid ways for self improvement. Pick one or a few to start doing today.

                If you want to see yourself improving, you must take some actions.

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