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15 Things You Should Do To Make The Most Out Of Summer This Year

15 Things You Should Do To Make The Most Out Of Summer This Year

The summer season is here. Finally, we are able to spend hours outdoors. From sunrise to sunset, we long to be in the fresh air, enjoying the precious sunshine and warmth. Now that Summer is here, let’s make sure we make the very most out of this season. Some people feel as though they have to do extravagant things in order to make the most of the summer, however I will share with you a few things that you can do to make the most out of this summer doing simple everyday things.

1. Watch a sunrise

Sunrise

    One of the most wonderful ways to begin your day, is to watch a sunrise. Yes, the sun rises early and you may have to make special arrangements to actually be on time to see this spectacular show of nature.

    Check out when the sun rises in your area. Grab a coffee (or your favorite morning beverage). Grab a camera or your smart phone. Be ready to experience a magnificent art show in the sky. The reason I suggest this is that there is something so incredible about seeing the beauty of the morning sky painted by the rising of the sun. It gives you an opportunity to see how grand our world is. The vastness of the sky, the morning sun peeking through the horizon, and the parade of color that is exhibited is amazing.

    Something about watching a sunrise aligns me with the complexity and simplicity of life at the same time. If you make the extra preparations to watch a sunrise, your day will begin on a fabulous note.

    2. Be a tourist in your own hometown

    Tourist

      Let’s face it, we live day to day viewing our surroundings with our eyes half shut. Our area is pretty much “old hat.” This summer, I encourage you to take the eyes of a tourist and look at your town and the towns surrounding you, in a fresh way.

      Do a bit of research on what may be available in the area. Have you driven by a certain place time and time again, thinking, I really should check that out? One way to become a tourist in your own area is pretend that you have guests coming and you will need to be their tour guide. Find all the interesting sites and things to do in your area. Make an itinerary for the pretend visit.

      Now go out and enjoy your town. Make new memories while you trek familiar territory.

      3. Fly a Kite

      Kite flying

        Have you ever seen the sheer thrill on a child’s face when they see a kite flying in the air? Learn to enjoy the pleasure that comes from simple fun.

        A sense of freedom overtakes me every time I put my kite up in the skies. From the moment of catching the breeze and releasing it higher and higher into the skies until I reel it back in, I have a childlike abandon. My tensions seem to release whenever I am flying my kite. Time stands still as I gaze upward. I feel emancipated from daily cares. I know it sounds crazy and it is difficult to put into words exactly how it makes me feel but I encourage you to grab a kite, (it doesn’t have to be an expensive one), find a suitable place to fly it, and set yourself free in the wind for a period of time.

        Enjoy the refreshing feeling you get from a timeless activity.

        4. Build a Sandcastle

        Sandcastles

          Live by the seaside, what a wonderful thing! When I am able to sit by the shore, there is a magical feeling inside of me. Feeling the sea breeze, hearing the sounds of the waves crashing, and seeing the immensity of the ocean calms me in ways that nothing else can.

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            Another side to beach-life is to be carefree like a child. Building a sandcastle is a daunting task yet so enjoyable. Hauling the buckets of sand and water to make the castle is just plain ‘ole fun. The joy in watching your castle come to life is priceless.

            I used to think this was just a thing for kids to do; until one day when I joined in. In today’s world,which causes us to be so “busy” most days, a dose of sandcastle building is one of the simple things that can be so enjoyable. Go ahead and try it!

            5. Go for a Nature Walk

            Nature Walk

              So many articles and quotes have been written about the benefits of walking in nature. says,

              “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” –  John Muir

               

              “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

               

              ” An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

              I agree with these statements wholeheartedly. Spending time walking among nature is a satisfying experience for your soul.

              If you want to make the most of the summer, try adding a nature walk into your schedule. Not only will you be getting great exercise, but also be surrounded by the incredible beauty of nature. When you walk, take the time to be mindful of the moment. Bask in the raw beauty of all that surrounds you. 

              6. Plant a Garden

              Garden

                “The glory of gardening; hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. to nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul,” Alfred Austin

                Imagine your first bite into a vegetable that you just grew in your own garden!  The yummy juices and succulent flavors are indescribable. This is the harvest of your labors.

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                In most things, the best part is the finished product, but in gardening there is joy all along the process; from the planting of the seeds, to seeing the blossoming of the buds, and then the glorious taste of freshness. You don’t have to grow vegetables, you can grow herbs or flowers instead.

                Planning for bursts of color in your garden beds will brighten up each day’s view. The first time I planted a garden, it was so rewarding to look each day at the progress of growth. I could sit for hours just to enjoy the beauty of the blossoms. As the saying goes, life begins in a garden.

                7. Watch Fireworks

                Fireworks

                  Fireworks are fascinating! The colorful display lights up the night sky and the eyes of all those watching. The powerful booming sounds echoing add to the show. Many of the firework shows have displays that are timed to music.

                  Young children have bright eyes and animated expressions on their faces when they see the sky light up. Even if you aren’t a child any longer, fireworks can make you feel like a kid again. I remember seeing fireworks at Disney, as an adult, honestly for a few fleeting moments, I believed in fairy tales!

                  8. Go Camping

                  Camping

                    Camping refreshes the soul. Quality of life is added when we take time away from everyday life to simplify life and unwind in nature. In today’s world we are running full pace living lives of frenzied activity and packed with electronic devices. When is the last time you unplugged and spent time with your family connected to nature?

                    In the quietness of nature, you can clear your mind. Camping exhibits the simplicity of life and all the beauty around us, that so often we take for granted. Waking up to the morning light with the sound of birds and other wildlife starts the day off on a relaxed pace. Spending hours outdoors with the ones you love will bring you life time memories.

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                      One of my favorite pictures of my dad was taken during a camping trip. Every time I see that photo, I smile and have a special memory of our times together. Spending the evening beside the campfire talking can be just what you need to reconnect with your family. Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing starry skies that are on display once it gets dark.

                      9. Go to an Outdoor Concert

                      Outdoor Concert

                        “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato

                        Lucky for me and my family, we have a few places in our area that offer free outdoor concerts in the summer. Of course, not everyone knows about them. I stumbled on them years back. When my daughters were young, it was traditional that we went to a beach concert every Thursday evening.  It was so fun to hear the music and see the kids dancing and playing around in the sand. This is a family friendly event and it doesn’t even cost anything! I am happy to say that now my daughters and I are bringing my grandchildren to this event! We look forward to it each week.

                        The kids have a blast, as well as the adults. Check out what is in your area. Outdoor summer concerts are quite popular now and many towns and cities are having them.

                        10. Go to a Sporting Event

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                          Take me out to the ball game! Take me out to the crowd! Can you hear that song playing in the back of your memories? Family ties are strengthened whenever you go to an event of some type. Memories are made that last a lifetime.

                          It can get costly if you go to the major sporting events, however, there are many local teams that play in the summer. Search around and find a game or two that you can go to with your family. Outdoor car tracks, tennis, softball, volleyball, soccer, and baseball are just some of the outdoor sporting events available.

                          I recently had so much fun with my 4 grandchildren at a car race. We would pick out a car we would want to win. Every time that car came around the track we would cheer and scream. Even my 2 year-old grandson got into the action. I laughed so hard at the expressions on everyone’s face. What a great time had by all!

                          11. Spend Time with Family and Friends

                          Friends and Family

                            The best way to make the most out of this summer is simply to spend quality time with your family and friends. Summer is an awesome time to “make memories” that will last a lifetime. During the summer, the days are longer; allowing us more time to be outdoors.

                            Make sure to schedule times together with the ones you want to be with. Often times, we say we want to do “such and such” with someone and before we realize it the days have come and gone without even getting together.

                            Make family dates throughout the summer. Dedicate a special day of the week that you meet up with them and spend time doing something special. Maybe have a cookout once a week, or go for an evening walk together, or have a movie night. If you plan these events, you will be sure to be able to spend special times together.

                            12. Take Photos

                            Photos

                              “Every photo you take communicates something about a moment in time- a brief slice of time of where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing.” Kevin Systrom

                              I overheard a young lady saying she needed to get a new phone because her pictures were full on her phone. I had to chuckle to myself. I guess she hadn’t learned how to save and remove her photos. I also thought to myself, wow, she has taken a lot of photos and made a lot of memories.

                              It is always good to remember the special moments we make each day. How much better when we can have that memory in a photo!

                              So many hours have gone by just looking at pictures we have taken.  Remember when… Oh I remember this day and place….. Laughter fills the air as we sit and giggle over funny expressions, old hairdos, out-of-style glasses and so much more.

                              Summer is an awesome time to take photos! Now with smartphones it is so much easier than ever to smile, snap and click!

                              13. Star Gaze

                              Stargaze

                                “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” Vincent Van Gogh

                                I don’t know all the scientific names and locations of stars and planets in the sky, but I don’t let that get in the way of stargazing.  I love gazing into the skies above me and seeing the magnificent display of stars. Laying on a blanket under a starry sky isn’t just romantic, it is also very relaxing. Hot summer nights offer us the opportunity to do this.

                                If you live in or around a city, you may want to find a location that offers a darker sky for better viewing. Another excellent tip: download an app on your phone that will tell you exactly what you are viewing. There are many different apps for you to choose from. It is really cool to actually begin to learn the constellations and where they are in the night sky. Enjoy the vastness of the skies.

                                14. Host an Outdoor Costume Party

                                Costume Party

                                  Costume parties are so much fun.  Most of the time we are limited to wearing costumes just for Halloween. I suggest hosting a summer outdoor themed Costume Party.

                                  Invite a bunch of your family and friends to a Luau Party,  a pirate party,  a princess party, a superhero party or plan your own costume themed party. Along with being able to wear a costume, you will be able to enjoy fresh air and games and some party themed food too.

                                  Every now and then I will do some internet browsing for fun parties to plan. The list is endless. I am certain that you can find one that suits your party needs this summer.

                                  15. Travel As Much As Possible

                                  Travel

                                    “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine

                                    I know as soon as the word “travel” is mentioned, many of us have ideas of far away exotic places. While it is awesome to be able to visit those places, sometimes it doesn’t fit into our plans or budget.

                                    Travelling obviously will take more time, money and planning than the other activities. I have found that there are some trips that you can find, with some research, that are not overly costly. I think of travel as a form of investment. Travelling is an education. The more places you are able to visit, the more knowledge of the world you acquire.

                                    No matter where you go, there is a learning experience waiting for you. Stretching our minds through travel is a wonderful thing. The world is a big place; try to take in as many places as you possibly can.

                                    This summer, no matter where you are or what you are doing, I wish you  sunshine, love and laughter.

                                    Featured photo credit: Close up portrait of happy smiling couple in love laying in wood white floor. Wearing retro clothes and sunglasses. Reflection of palm trees in glasses. via shutterstock.com

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                                    Last Updated on November 4, 2020

                                    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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