What is the best version of yourself that you picture? What do you see for yourself in the future?
If you’ve lived long enough, you know life is filled with moments that pressure and stress us. The world can bring you down to your absolute lowest and make you feel you're struggling to stay above water.
At times, you might find it limiting and almost impossible to become the ideal version of yourself. Nonetheless, never give up.
Don't accept defeat and end up always being unhappy with your self. That's no way for you, me, or anyone of us to live.
Your best self is right around the corner of opportunity and preparation. Today, tomorrow, and each day after, you can perform consistent actions that help you live the best version of your life.
All you have to do is try and keep trying. If you don't know where to start, here are 15 ways to get going with your best you today.
15 Ways to Be The Best Version of Yourself
1. Set personal goals
The first crucial step to begin your transformation into being your best self is setting some aspirations to pursue.
Close your eyes and visualize your future self being exactly as you desire. Think up some personal goals to accomplish that will lead you to be that person you see.
Consider the most important areas of your life that you want to make some changes. Some goals you might have may include
- Saving money to buy a car or a home
- Exercising more to develop physical wellness
- Finding your dream career
Goals help you to stay accountable to any actions that it’ll take to reach the version of yourself you desire.
2. Motivate yourself
There are lots of things in life that can get us motivated to be our best self. You could create a vision board with the life you hope to have in the future to stay inspired.
Mindfulness is another tool that can also be useful to keeping you motivated to make positive changes.
Learn about 17 ways to get motivated in 2021.
3. Develop peace of mind
Having a mind that’s constantly stressed or worried won’t help you become your best.
In fact, it’ll make it harder for you to stay focused on accomplishing your tasks.
Take time to establish peace of mind and inner calm in your days. You can meditate, listen to music, and do other things that you think will help relax you.
4. Eliminate as many distractions as possible
There’s always distractions in life that can hinder us from being the person we desire to be. Consider what’s holding you back.
Ponder all of the distractions limiting you from becoming your best self and find ways to eliminate them.
Here’s an article that you might find helpful for overcoming distractions.
5. Step out of your comfort zone
While being in your comfort zone allows you to feel calm and content, staying stuck in that safety net can potentially block you from achieving your goal.
As much as we may not like it, sometimes becoming our best self will require us to get out of our comfort zone.
Try doing more things that you might find yourself feeling initially unsure or nervous about. Start a conversation with someone you find attractive if you’re interested.
Be bold and share your talents with others or try asking your boss for a raise or promotion. By being brave enough to step out and take a chance, you open yourself to the possibility of great rewards.
An article on Small Biz Trends provides some great tips on getting out of your comfort zone.
6. Get help
The first person that should try helping you is yourself. Among all the people in this world, you should be your biggest supporter.
With that said, it’s okay to have others give you some support and encouragement.
If there’s something you need in order to accomplish your goals, see if your close friends or family might be able to provide it for you.
The people closest to us can keep us accountable and also give us encouraging words that uplift us in the moments we’re struggling.
7. Focus on habits for wellness
Mental, emotional, and physical wellness is an important part of being the best version of you. Here are a few examples of wellness habits you can start doing.
- Eating breakfast
- Drinking plenty of water
- Walking outdoors
- Going offline
- Sleeping well
You can learn more about implementing these and other wellness habits in this WebMD article on wellness habits.
8. Recognize what strengths you have
It can be something based on your personality, your career, or just random things you appreciate. You can write these things down in a self-care journal as a reminder when you feel down.
Use what you’re best at to help you get closer to becoming the best you.
9. Do new things
According to Harvard Medical School, trying new things can help to keep your thinking skills sharp.
Good thinking skills can be useful to us making the best decisions that will help us be our best self.
Take time to do an activity that you find interesting. It could be building something, cooking something you haven’t cooked before, or just taking a dance class.
You might find doing something new could also add more joy in your life as well.
Here are some quotes on trying new things that can inspire you to give something different a chance.
10. Be realistic
Being your best self does not mean being flawless or perfect. As you work to fulfill your dreams and becoming a version of yourself you like, you’re going to make mistakes.
There will be setbacks and there will be bad days. That’s okay. As was once said in a previous article, imperfect is the new perfect.
11. Speak positive affirmations on a regular basis
Affirmations can help you to feel good about yourself and focused on what you want to achieve. Think of a few statements that fit within the goals you want to accomplish.
You can write them down or speak them to yourself daily. Examples of affirmations include “I am well.” or “I believe in myself.”
Here are more examples of positive affirmations you can use regularly. Feel free to also think of your own as well.
12. Be selfless to others
People are more likely to help you if you help them too. Practice selflessness by giving your time, energy, and finances to helping others.
Numerous studies have shown being selfless can make you feel good. So you’re not only benefiting others becoming their best selves, you’re helping yourself too by boosting your mood.
13. Appreciate the small victories
Even little milestones on the pathway to your goals are worth celebrating. You’ve worked hard to get where you’ve gotten so far.
Be grateful when you see a new weight on your scale or get a good grade on a quiz. Keep yourself encouraged so you’ll keep on putting your best foot forward.
14. Recognize you are enough
So often we tend to think we’re not good enough to be our best. It’s important to recognize that you are enough.
You’re not perfect and you make mistakes, but the unique person you are can still find a way to achieve what you want.
15. Love yourself
Last but not least, we all need to love ourselves. You deserve to give love to yourself just because you’re here.
Do what you can to practice self-love and take care of yourself so you’re able to rise to your highest potential.
Final thoughts on being your best
There's an idea in life about the pursuit of excellence. I recall hearing either a story or anecdote about young people who work out as hard as they can to see the most they can get out of their body in their prime.
When you think about it, it’s worth it to find out how far you can go in life through seeing what your maximum effort can achieve.
When you know you're putting in the effort to succeed in life, you feel more confidence, accomplish more desires, and develop a lifestyle that makes you happiest.
Be motivated to become the best that you can possibly be so you can enjoy all you can possibly desire in life.