Henry Ford said, “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
Are you your own best friend? Do you bring out the best in you? Are you trying to reach your full potential or are you settling for a life of mediocrity? Are you ready to grow through life or are you just planning to go through life?
We cannot expect someone else to bring out the best in us, while we continue to sabotage ourselves.
Yes, part of being your own best friend involves picking other friends who lift you up. But that is just part of it. What else can you do to reach your full potential?
Below you will find a list of 20 things you can do to bring out your best. (They are in no particular order.)
- Spend time with positive people.
- Get enough sleep. Consistency and routine work best.
- Drink enough water.
- Be willing to learn from your mistakes.
- Help other people/volunteer.
- Cultivate gratitude. Appreciate the good things in your life.
- Eat healthy foods.
- Read, watch, or listen to things that inspire you.
- Get dressed everyday, and get rid of the old sweats. Put on clothes that make you feel good about yourself.
- Shower everyday, even if you are staying home. It really does something for the mood.
- Become aware of harsh self-judgments. Stop yourself and replace those critical messages with something more compassionate and positive.
- Keep yourself in check. When you find yourself criticizing others, ask yourself, “What is lacking within me that is making me lash out at others?”
- Try to find at least one positive thing about everyone that you meet.
- Allow yourself to have a bad day. Allow others to have a bad day. We all have them.
- Hold yourself accountable for your own happiness. Don’t always look to other people to fix you.
- Set realistic goals, break them into baby steps, and get busy. (Nothing happens without action)
- Post this list to your refrigerator and add a few more things to the list, if you wish. If the list appears overwhelming, begin working on one item and one item only. Trying to change too much too quickly can cause you to shut down and do nothing at all. You will continue to grow and improve throughout your life. Take it slow and appreciate progress.
We can’t expect someone else to treat us better than we treat ourselves.
Bring out the excellence in you that has been there all along.
What is it you plan to work on? We would love to hear from you.