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					 Top 10 Tips for Self-
    Improvement
  While I do not always end up
  managing to put each of the
following tips into practice, I do
make a big effort to do so each
 day. This is a list of my favorite
tips to improving your life. All it
takes is a little bit each day and
you will see wondrous changes.
  10. Get off to a Good
          Start
This means getting up early and eating
breakfast.
You will have much more energy
throughout the day to follow the rest of
these tips if you do! If you are so inclined,
you can even include a little exercise in
your morning routine.
If you live with other people you can try to
use this opportunity to get everyone
together at the table to eat in the
mornings.
   9. Keep a Schedule
It is a very good idea to write down the
tasks you need to achieve in each day.
As you complete them, tick them off.
You should not, however, feel like you are
bound to your list.
If you don’t manage to do everything, it
doesn’t matter - move any incomplete
tasks from today on to tomorrow’s list.
This is also a great help if you are a
procrastinator.
8. Take a Break and have
           Fun
If you spend too much time in front of the
computer, at your desk, or doing whatever
it is that your occupation requires, you
should take a break.
This doesn’t mean you have to take time
off work - it just means you should try to
make better use of your non-work time to
do something fun.
I always have difficulty pulling myself
away from the computer and as a result I
don’t go out as often as I should on the
weekend or in the evening.
But every time I do - I wonder why I
haven’t done it sooner.
      7. Be Generous
Generosity has a tendency to come back.
By generosity I am not referring only to
money.
You can be generous with your smiles,
your advice, and many other things.
Always try to find a way to help others.
One day you may be in great need and
people you know will be more likely to
come to your aid when they know that you
would do the same for them.
You might know someone that could use
help around the home from time to time -
not only are you doing a good thing by
helping them out, but you may also make
6. Accept the things you
      can’t Change
When something bad happens in our lives,
we try to fix them or change them.
But sometimes we can’t. Often this leads
us to spend hours moping and falling in to
depression.
If you can make yourself accept the things
you cannot change - you will become a
much happier person. Acceptance of these
situations also allows us to start finding a
way to cope much faster.
For example, you may realize that you
have only $10 left in your bank account
that has to last the next 2 weeks.
Instead of getting down about it, accept
5. Learn a New Language
Learning another language is one of the
best ways to improve your grasp on
English.
In my own experience, learning French at
high school taught me so much more
about grammar than English class ever
did.
In addition, when I later started studying
Ancient Greek, I learnt a lot about the
roots of English words - something I have
found very useful in writing in the years
since.
As well as improving your knowledge of
English, if you learn a living language you
    4. Break the Chain
If you have a lot of patterns in your life, try
breaking them - do something different
every day.
Let’s say you always order the same meal
at your regular Friday night restaurant.
Why not try something else this Friday?
Not only do you get to broaden your
experiences of life, you open up many
doors for the future.
Not long ago I would never eat oriental
foods or seafood. Then one day I decided
that I would just try it.
Seafood is now one of my favorite foods
and I would hate to be without it.
    4. Break the Chain
That first step also meant that I am now
willing to try absolutely any food.
My disliking for those foods had a much
greater impact as well - I would only
holiday in countries that had foods I felt
safe with.
Since then I have been to Oriental
countries and loved it.
      3. Face the Fear
Every day you should do something you
don’t want to do - or feel uncomfortable
doing.
This varies in degrees for everyone, but
we all have little things we can start out
with.
For example, you may not go to the gym
because you fear everyone looking at you
- do it anyway! In no time you will be so
much more confident that you abolish the
fear entirely and can move on to the next
fear - maybe even something bigger.
Living a fearless life gives you a
confidence that is visible to others.
2. Forget Goals - Live for
        the Now
Lists of this nature almost always tell you
to set and write goals. I am going to tell
you the opposite.
A very wise psychotherapist once told me
that if you set a goal, and achieve it, you
are often left with an empty feeling
because the goal is not what you thought
it would be.
Not only does it not satisfy, you inevitably
end up missing out on so much life by
striving to reach something in the future.
Having said this, I don’t think you should
ignore the future - it is worth having some
idea of what you might like to one day
2. Forget Goals - Live for
        the Now
In the meantime I am so busy scrimping
and saving, that I can’t afford to go out
with friends, I can’t afford to live in a nice
home, and I am miserable because I am
not living in France.
On the other hand, if I simply decide that
one day I would like to live in France, the
idea is in my mind, but I continue to live
and enjoy my life.
In living my life, I am happy now and not
focused on a distant goal. If it happens,
great.
If it doesn’t happen, I haven’t failed at
anything.
 1. Don’t Procrastinate
This is one I struggle with a lot in my own
life.
This has been a great challenge for me as I
work from home, but taking this job has
really helped me to stop putting things off
and take control of my life.
The feeling after completing a task you
would normally put off is a great high -
and certainly a much healthier one than
some of the other highs in our lives.
When you put something off, you are
putting yourself into time-debt.
You have to pay that debt back and almost
always you end up having to do that at the
 1. Don’t Procrastinate
By putting off writing an article for the
site, for example, I end up having to write
one at 7 at night when I would rather be
watching a movie and having a drink! Your
life will become so much more organized if
you follow this rule.

				
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