Being a 'better' you is a pretty vague statement, agreed? Everyone has their areas they want to improve on (to be honest I could probably improve in every area so no judgement here) but a lot of the world just ignores or avoids the things they need to improve on. So often people make themselves ridiculously busy, just so that they don't have to deal with or even remember the things that stress them or the changes they want to make in their lives. "Too busy" is a beautiful reason to avoid things.
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Don't water down your beliefs.
To be more true to yourself and your believes, respect yourself enough to speak up and contribute your opinions to any given situation or conversation. I'm not saying you should become one of the over-bearing people who shout their opinions from the rooftops like they're gospel, but don't feel intimated or embarrassed to talk about whatever it is you believe- your thoughts are just as valid as the next person's. I have to constantly remind myself of this, but you're not doing yourself or anyone else any favours by not sharing your beliefs and opinions- you're just hiding parts of yourself that make you, you.
So of course be mindful of other people's feelings and all that jazz, but don't ever feel too intimated to speak up.
Have you ever noticed that no two people ever end up telling the exact same version of a story? Or have you ever had someone tell you something shocking or nasty and then follow it up with "...but I'm just giving my opinion!" because I sure as hell have and it's extremely off-putting.
Everyone has their own truth, you have yours but that doesn't make it the only truth and if you remember and accept that then I think everything becomes a whole lot easier. Friendships are easier, relationships are easier, talking to people with completely different beliefs becomes easier. Honestly I think everything becomes easier and you become much more of an open-minded person once you realise that your truth is not necessarily someone else's.
boots- Kurt Geiger
I'm a sensitive person by nature and I'm not saying this in an 'I'm so great' way but I'm naturally very empathetic as well so it's sometimes hard for me to understand how other people aren't like that. Sensitivity and being sensitive in general are qualities that have gotten dragged through the mud over the years but if you're a crier or someone who feels emotions very deeply- that doesn't make you weak or a 'drama queen', it's an aspect of yourself you should feel proud of.
It's a simple thing and some people like to call it stepping into someone else's shoes but to be a better you, genuinely try and look at situations from other people's points of views before you react. Try to look past human errors, be empathetic and don't get angry or frustrated at someone because whatever they're doing inconveniences, annoys you or doesn't line up with your plans. Most people are genuinely doing the best they can in any given situation and sometimes all one person needs is a little understanding.
Do you have any self improvement tips?