Being the best version of yourself is a hard concept to describe, but at the end of the day it all comes down to being the happiest you can be (1), feeling accomplished (2) and fulfilled (3).
Achieving this doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds.
You just need to realize what are the things that are keeping you from being your best self and start working on changing them.
It’s a competition against yourself and it goes beyond appearances. It is about working on you as a whole: mind, body, and spirit.
If you want to change in order to become the best you can be but don’t know where to start, here are 5 simple ways that can help be the best version of yourself.
How To Be The Best Version Of Yourself - In 5 Simple Ways
1. Know What You Want
Before you can become who you want to be, you need to know what you love and who you are.
Maybe you have a talent you’ve always wanted to develop, there probably are certain aspects of yourself and your life you know would make you a better person if you changed them.
Things like being more patient, having a better relationship with your family, being fulfilled with your job.
Identify what it is you want for your life and strive to become it.
Visualize yourself experiencing the fulfillment you want in your life: what does it look, feel and sound like?
Make a list of the qualities you value the most in your personality, the qualities you know will help you achieve what you want, and whenever you catch yourself deviating from those qualities, consciously slow down, take a breath and regain composure.
2. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
The road to becoming the best you is a competition, but you are your only opponent.
Nowadays it is hard not to compare ourselves to our peers. We see everyday on Facebook pictures of our friends’ vacations, their new jobs, and their huge houses, looking all happy and as if they have everything figured out.
Sometimes we can’t help it but ask ourselves, why can’t I be as happy as them?
As we mentioned above, being the best version of yourself isn’t about keeping appearances.
Nobody’s life is perfect and they all probably have as many worries and problems as you do.
In the process of becoming your best self, you should strive to become as authentic and true to yourself as you can, not become somebody else.
3. Quit Your Vices
Often we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to changing ourselves for the better. We may engage in self-destructive habits and that might be one of the things preventing us from becoming our best version.
Vices that are bad for your health such as drinking, smoking, gambling, eating too much, watching TV, may get in the way of this process, since, as stated before, being the best version of you is about working in every aspect of yourself, including your physical and mental health.
As an example, heavy drinking is guilty of many illnesses such as liver disease and anemia, but it can also affect your mental health since it can cause anxiety and depression. All vices have negative consequences.
If you have bad habits (or even worse ones, such as doing drugs), it’s best if you quit in order to be present and enjoy your life.
It doesn’t have to be right away, take it step by step - reach out to a professional if necessary - and soon you’ll see improvements in many areas of your life you didn’t even know your vices were affecting.
4. Surround Yourself With Positive People
When you surround yourself with friends and family members who support and motivate you, the road to becoming the best version of yourself becomes easier and more rewarding.
Spend less time with people who are always complaining and are plain negative, as that attitude can be unproductive and contagious.
Instead, learn from others who are also trying to be the best version of themselves, and become a source of positivity for them as well.
If you find your current friends and family can’t offer you a positive environment, you can always try and connect with new people.
This doesn’t mean leaving your friends and family behind, but give yourself the opportunity of meeting new people who can provide you with the positive vibes you are needing in your life right now.
5. Lighten Up
We often become too serious, sweating over the little things, and we forget what life is really about.
Whenever you mess up, try not to cry over the spilled milk and make the best out of what seems a negative situation.
Laugh at yourself sometimes, try not to stress about things that you can’t change and work on changing the ones you can.
Smile often. Smile at strangers, smile whenever you say “hello” or “thank you”. Smile at yourself in the mirror every morning. Smile at life.
Research shows that when you smile, even if it’s a fake smile, it can trick your brain into being happy. So smile away!
Making the decision of becoming the best version of yourself can change your life.
It requires constant hard work and willpower; it may be difficult sometimes since, as we mentioned before, we can be our own worst enemies and we may find ourselves wanting to indulge in negative thinking.
But, despite being hard it can a simple process that anyone can accomplish, if they follow the 5 ways above.
The most important thing is that you’re aware of the areas of your life you want to change and work on it every single day.
Even the smallest of actions can lead you to become the best you you can possibly be.
Are you the best version of yourself? If you have any other ways or suggestions, please leave a comment below.
Share this article with your family and friends, motivate them to become the best version of themselves in a simple ways.