6 Great Self-Improvement Goals For 2020
Setting Self-Improvement Goals For The Year
When it comes to self-improvement, setting goals for the year is a great way to make sure you have something to work towards. Becoming self-aware means realising that we have to take responsibility for our actions, behaviour and words. Scary huh? Because it’s easier to live in a world where we don’t notice these things! However, this is only easier in the short-term. It often leads to a life we aren’t truly happy with and doesn’t make us feel fulfilled.
Self-improvement, in my opinion, centres around becoming aware of yourself. This means taking note of everything!
Everything that encompasses you as a person:
It can be quite overwhelming once you start realising all these things about who you are and how you behave. There’s often a lot to unpack, and there are all kinds of amazing qualities, not-so-good qualities, and all kinds of other habits, thought-processes and behaviour patterns that make us who we are right now.
Once you realise all of these things, it’s only natural to want to work on self-improvement. No-one is perfect, and we all have wiggle room and things we could improve on! It’s just being human.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate of self-acceptance. It’s all about balancing both sides.
In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my self-improvement goals for 2020, and some tips on how to work on them. These are going to be personal to me, but I hope for them to give you some inspiration. It might give you some ideas on how to achieve similar things within your own life or some tactics for implementing other habits.
1. Focus On Maintaining A Positive Attitude
In life, it can be easy to lean towards the negative side of things. We deal with sad, horrible and stressful things in our life and sometimes they leave marks on us. Our thoughts can become jaded.
For 2020, one of my biggest self-improvement goals is to focus on maintaining a positive attitude.
Looking towards the best-case scenario and dispelling those negative feelings is important. Being happy is a choice you have to make, and teaching your brain to pick up on the positives first is just a training exercise.
I’ll be making sure that when I have a negative thought process around what I think is going to happen or something that has already happened, I’ll be logic-checking and confirming with myself whether I’m having a rational thought. Catching the negative thought and then replacing it with a more balanced, logical one is a great way to have a more positive outlook. Your brain will begin to do this naturally after practising this for some time.
Another element of this will be to complain less. I catch myself complaining a lot, and I’m aware of this habit I’ve built around moaning about the less than positive things that I see or hear. I would much rather avoid complaining and instead focus on the things I have to be grateful for. This is something I am going to be trying really hard to swap out in 2020. I try and write down things I am grateful for, and I need to work harder on keeping up with this.
I want to be a positive person and not focus on the negatives of any situation. Knowing this makes it easier for me to approach it and begin working on it!
2. Learn More About Business & Mindset
As you may know, one of my favourite topics is around mindset. I think it’s the key to having everything you want in life. When I was in my late teens, I was having a rough time. I had issues at home, I wasn’t taking care of myself, I was getting involved with drinking and smoking and my life was heading a certain way. I didn’t care about what happened to me and had no desire to aim for good things in life.
Over the last 6 years or so, I’ve completely changed my life around and removed all of the bad influences I had. I have stopped smoking and only spend my time with people that are kind and supportive and make me feel good about myself.
The biggest change was my switch in mindset. I’ve always been determined and strong-willed, and would always do what I wanted to do. When my mindset went from being self-destructive to on a path of self-improvement and learning how to piece an amazing life together, everything around me began to change.
If you believe you deserve your dream life and you will succeed and feel happy and fulfilled then I think you are more likely to get those things. You are going to feel motivated and encouraged, and you are more likely to take the action you need to get there.
For 2020, one of my goals is to read a book each month. I will be choosing non-fiction books around business, mindset, personal development and self-improvement. These topics are so interesting to me and I am keen to learn more about them. Not only are they important to me because I am passionate about the topics, but they also bring me knowledge and understanding that is useful in all areas of life.
I want to continue learning for the rest of my life! There is so much out there, so much information and knowledge. Self-improvement is the acquisition of such knowledge and understand, and using it to become a better person.
3. Do A 5k Park Run At Least Once A Month
Self-improvement doesn’t always have to be mental goals. Whilst sometimes it might feel like personal development is all about your brain, your mindset and your knowledge, it doesn’t have to be.
Since I gave up smoking back in July 2019, I’ve wanted to start working on my physical health. I always felt smoking was a barrier to me doing exercise because I was immediately counter-acting any good work I was doing. Not only that, but smoking made it hard work to run or workout because I would get out of breath very quickly and feel light-headed.
Thankfully I managed to give up smoking and have been working on bringing physical exercise into my life.
Doing the 5k park run at least once a month helps me ease into exercise and start implementing a more physical lifestyle. I don’t want to compromise my future health by not being active now, and I know it has so many other health benefits too.
Making the commitment to do the run at least once a month will ease me into it. Eventually, I’d like to do yoga again, as I used to do this a few years ago on a regular basis. It’s a great exercise for both mind and body, so I’ll definitely work on gradually adding it back in as the year progresses.
4. Keep Growing My Online Business
I love working online, using WordPress, social media and other things to build an amazing online community. It’s been an obsession of mine for around 4 years now, and I’ve been learning everything basically from scratch.
Over 2020, I really want to up my game and push myself out of my comfort zone. There is so much growth around Instagram Stories and YouTube and I know I need to start creating video content alongside my blog.
As I am following my second self-improvement tactic of learning more about business etc, I will be implementing new and exciting techniques within my own blog and online business. It’s so exciting facing a new year and pushing myself to keep trying new things. I have also thought about whether I could start a podcast because it would be awesome to turn my content into audio for you to listen to in the car or as you do your day to day stuff.
Growing my online business is really important to me, and I want to learn so much. Getting more involved with the community I’m building, learning ways to provide as much value as possible, and gaining more knowledge is key for 2020.
5. Have A Monthly Date Night
Having a busy life with work, home and friends, sometimes it can feel like a date night is well overdue!
Spending some quality time with my partner each month is a great thing, and I wanted to make the commitment this year that we would do something at least once a month.
This doesn’t have to be something expensive! It could be a walk on the beach or a day date for coffee and a biscuit! It’s more about enjoying some one on one time and getting to enjoy each other’s company. Making the time for each other is really important to us, and we always want to make sure we prioritise it.
6. Get A Qualification To Build On My CV And Reinforce My Skills + Experience
In 2020 I really hope to be able to get a qualification and boost my CV. I think it’s a great way to reflect the skills and experience I have and reinforce them.
Getting a professional qualification is important to me. I currently have an NVQ Level 2 in Warehousing + Storage which focused on stock management and quality control within a seed production plant. This was a very interesting apprenticeship, but it will be great to get a qualification focused on customer service. I’ve worked in customer service for around 7 years now, with a move last year into Account Management.
Getting the promotion was a huge personal achievement, and I was very proud of getting the position. This year, I would like to work on getting a qualification directly relating to customer service.
I hope you’ve found my list of self-improvement ideas inspiring, and they have given you some ideas of how to implement continuous improvement into your own life.
What are you planning on improving on this year? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!