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The Beginners Guide To Slacklining

The Beginners Guide To Slacklining

A few weeks ago I talked about the power of experiences and how “doing stuff” creates more happiness in your life than any material item you could purchase.

I got a few emails from the peeps out there asking for some recommendations on cool experiences or challenges to try.

While there is an unlimited amount of super cool things you could do:

  • Wine tasting
  • Cliff jumping
  • Hiking
  • Cooking classes
  • Pottery course
  • Dance lessons
  • Trying a new cuisine
  • 30 days of honesty
  • Meditation challenge

I decided to write an article about one of my favorite activities. It’s something that combines an unlimited supply of fun, requires coordination, and asks you to practice extreme focus, which in itself is an integral part of life as you develop physically and mentally.

But most importantly it’s a challenge and that single ingredient is what creates a sense of pride, confidence, and self worth.

It goes back to the “Ikea Theory”  I’ve discussed before. Sure you can buy a bar stool and place it in your kitchen but when you are the one that has to put it together a sense of pride and value comes over you and that silly stool, it holds more value. Putting that stool was a challenge you had to overcome.

Enough of my rambling and if you haven’t left yet to read another blog I’d like to present to you….

Drum roll please…..

The beginners guide to slacklining

What is slacklining?

Essentially slacklining is like tight rope walking but on a tether/line (rope, or chord) that has a little less tension and give to it.

How to choose a slackline

For beginners and those just starting to dabble in slacklining, I suggest picking up one of the many kits that are available. A good kit will run you anywhere from $50-$140 bucks and I highly recommend investing in a cheap one at first to see if you really enjoy the experience.

  • Gibbon
  • Slackstar
  • Singing rock

are a few of the companies you can check out. I personally recommend the Gibbon classic line for adult beginners, the fun line for kids and beginners, and the jibline or surfline for anyone that plans on really getting into the sport down the road they are a little bouncier allowing for more tricks.

* For beginners look for a 2” wide line, this will provide you with more surface area for your feet making it much easier to balance and speed up the learning process.

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How to set up your slackline

When I first purchased my slackline setting it up was actually one of the most difficult parts. Maybe it was the excitement rushing over me, sheer impatience of wanting to just start walking on it, or just being a knucklehead but the majority of my first slacklining session was spent trying to figure out where and how to set the dang thing up.

Step 1: Choosing a location

All you’re really going to need is a fairly open space with structures that will allow you to wrap your line around. Trees, columns, poles, and really any two tall and sturdy structures will work, but I suggest finding two sturdy trees at a local park or in your backyard. The bark provides a little friction to hold your line stable and plus parks just rock.

Step 2: Setting up your line

For beginners, you’ll want about 15-25 feet of space in between your two trees. The shorter the distance, the more stability you’ll have in your line, making it easier to find your balance. This might leave quite a bit of extra line but don’t worry, it won’t be in the way and it’s not necessary to use the entire line.

If you’ve purchased a kit, the directions are fairly easy to follow but they leave out some important pieces of information.

The loops that you create around your anchor (ie: slackline around tree) should be about upper thigh to hip height. As the line is stretched out between trees it will also be roughly upper thigh to hip height.

Having the line set up at this height will allow for about 6-12” of sag in the line as you’re attempting to balance on it.

Tighten your line using the ratcheting system that comes with your kit tight enough so that the loops around your anchors (trees) does not move. As you become a more experienced slackliner, you can play with different tensions in your line to create different levels of difficulty. Generally the looser it is and the more bounce the line has in it, the more difficult it will be to walk; yet this also makes it a great line to perform tricks on.

Step 3: Mounting the line

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to learn how to mount the line with some style, and where does style start?

With your clothes.

Ok, I’m sort of serious and sort of just being sarcastic. While the brand of your pants might not be important, it is important to make sure they’re not too loose fitting or hanging over your feet. Roll those dang things up if you have to, just make sure they are out of the way so you’re not tripping all over them.

Something you don’t mind getting a little dirty and comfortable should do the trick. A personal favorite is board shorts… but southern California allows for that year round.

As for shoes, the only time you’ll need them is for the drive to the park and maybe the walk across the field to find your trees, and maybe not if you’re a rebel.

Walking the line without shoes will allow you to get a better feel for the line. That sense of touch is what gives your body a sense of awareness in space and will benefit your sense of balance greatly.

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If you must wear shoes, try skate shoes, vibrams, or chucks classics as they are extremely flat.

Before mounting the line, make sure to relax and breathe.

If you kick a soccer ball with your right foot, stand parallel to the line with your left thigh touching it. If you kick a soccer ball with your left foot, stand next to the line with your right thigh touching it.

You’ll want to mount the line closer to the anchors of the tree. This is usually the best place for beginners because the tension creates a faster but smaller shake in the line. As you try to mount closer to the middle the lines will have much larger, low sagging, but slow movements. You may want to play with the best place to mount for you but once you’ve found a good spot, make sure to mount from the same spot every time to create a memory for your nervous system.

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    Pick up the foot that is closest to the line and place it on the slackline with it running through your big toe and second toe and running right to your heel. You’ll probably notice some pretty gnarly shaking (I like to call this the jimmy leg). Don’t worry, this is totally normal.

    To help control this shaking you can do two things:

    1. Lighten the load or pressure that your putting on the line. Don’t put so much weight on the line initially, you may want to just barely touch it.
    2. Put your outer thigh on the line to help stabilize it.

    After your leg and the line have stabilized a little bit, your nervous system calms down, and you feel comfortable focus on a single stationary point in front of you. I like to stare (almost romantically) at the anchor on the opposite side.

    If you’re looking at your feet or at the line, you’ll be staring at a moving object and this can screw up your sense of balance.

    After establishing a stable focal point ahead of you, make sure to center your weight on the foot on the line and swiftly stand up on that leg.

    Don’t hesitate for a second and fully commit. If you hesitate or don’t believe in yourself for even just a second and half ass the mount it’s not going to happen for you.

    Use your arms for balance by holding them out to your sides at shoulder height.

    Once you’ve found your balance on the line, try and hold it there for a few seconds before attempting to walk. Make sure your legs are slightly bent. This will lower your center of gravity and help to absorb movement from the line.

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    If you are really struggling with popping up it’s usually because of lack of strength or balance.There are a few things you can do to help turn these weaknesses into strengths:

    1. Start strength training: One legged movements like lunges, step-ups, and pistols/1-legged sqauts will help strengthen the muscles that are being used to press you up onto the line. Squats and deadlifts will also help.

    2. Work on balance: You can actually have someone sit on the line to help stabilize it as you mount. The closer they are to you, the more stability the line will have. As you get comfortable, your partner can move farther away until they are completely off the line.

    You can also practice balance by walking heel to toe on a line of tape on the ground.  As this becomes easy, try to walk the tape on your toes and not to allow your heels to touch the ground. Once you get comfortable there, you can use a 4-inch wide piece of wood that is a few inches off the ground. Then use a thinner piece of wood as you get more comfortable.

    Step 4: Johnny Cashing aka Walking the line

    Once you’ve found your balance and are comfortable on the line, you’ll want to start walking it.. For myself, I’ve found that moving the foot that is behind the lead foot and searching for the line with the big toe is most effective. I also prefer not to go heel to toe but instead have a little space between them.

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      Once you’ve made contact, you’ll want to place the line in between the big toe and second toe and have it run right to the back of the heel just like when you mount the line.

      Continue walking the line in this fashion and remember to maintain focus on something stable in front of you, hold those arms out to your sides at shoulder height, and continue to breathe.

      Progression tips

      As you keep improving you may want to start to challenge yourself a bit more. Here are a few good beginner to intermediate progressions you can try once you’ve mastered mounting and Johnny Cashing the line.

      • Mount with non dominant/other foot
      • Mount with both feet by hopping up
      • Mount facing the line instead of parallel to it
      • Backwards walking
      • Sideways walking
      • Turns on the line (180 and 360 degrees)

      How to fall correctly

      Here is the honest Abe in me coming out, you WILL fall off the line. Now I just want to make sure you do it correctly and avoid any injury.

      Because the line has tension and will sag as you are on it; this means you could get thrown a bit. You’ll want to use that to your advantage by letting it push you away from it, thus, avoiding it hitting you.

      And guys, believe me, you do not want to come straight down on that line… no what I’m saying?

      Because you’ll be barefoot, make sure the area around you is free of any debris, sharp objects, or rocks.

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      It should be fairly easy to land on your feet most of the time but if you do happen to lose balance and feel like you may be hurdling towards the ground, I suggest turning your body to your dominant shoulder and front rolling.

      How should you practice

      Practice…. We’re talking about practice?

      The more often you practice the better, but you don’t have to spend hours on end in order to get better. A good 20-minute session should do the trick but even if you can only get in 5-10 minutes per day, the consistency will really pay off as you’re trying to retrain your nervous system.

      The most important thing is consistency. Shorter but more frequent sessions will allow you to improve much quicker than one single long session each week. So if you’re really dead set on getting better, schedule some time in as often as you can. If possible, leave that slackline mounted in your backyard and hop out there at random points during the day.

      One important thing to remember is that it does take sometime for your nervous system and muscular system to warm up, so don’t be surprised if you struggle a bit during the first few minutes of a session. You can help speed up the process by performing a brief warm up routine consisting of air squats, lunges, one legged squats/pistols, hollow rocks, and tippy toe walks on the ground.

      A little science about how balance works in the body

      Balance in the body stems from multiple systems working as a team to help create stability between your body, brain, and vision.

      What is good balance:

      1. Correct sensory information from your eyes, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and organs of the ear.
      2. Your brain stem translating all this information that is trying to be processed at once and making sense of it as it delivers the message to the ol’noodle upstairs.
      3. The movement of your eyes being able to keep things in your line of vision stable.

      It starts with your vision and the help that it gives you as it tries to establish where your head and body are in relationship to the world and any motion that is occurring in it.

      Receptors that are extremely sensitive to movement like stretching and pressure in your muscles, tendons, and joints help your brain figure out where your feet and legs are positioned relative to the ground and also how your head is positioned relative to your shoulders and chest.

      There are then balancing organs located in the inner ear that let your brain know the movements of your head.

      Finally all this information is sent to the brain stem along with information regarding previous experiences that have affected your balance (this is why practice is so important) stored in your cerebral cortex and cerebellum. Once this information is digested, messages are sent to the eyes and other parts of the body that will help you stay balanced and maintain clear vision while you are in motion. adapted from Shannon Hoffman

      Now what are you waiting for?

      Go and treat yourself to a new experience. One that will promote a healthy lifestyle, improve balance, focus, coordination, and most of all be one heck of a time.

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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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