You've been meaning to start a self improvement journey?   But where do you make that start?  Confusing isn't it?  Years ago now, I came across ten questions it was suggested I should ask myself before I got started on self improvement.  I can't tell you how much I learned about myself from seriously considering the answers to these.  And what a great jumping off point it was for me. 

I found this exercise so very valuable that I want to make this really, really easy for you to do.  So, I've put a word.doc file together that you can download directly by clicking here.  No, no signup required.  But first, decide where you're going to save it, so it's easy to find.  With other free items also available at The Secret Solved, perhaps a folder for them all?

Ready to start your own journey?

1. What do I really want?
The question of the ages.  So many things you want to do with your life and so little time to do it all.  Finding something that you are good at can help realize that small step towards improvement.  Don't answer any other question until you've done this one. 

2. Should I really change?
Today's generation has taken another level of redefining 'self', or at least that's what the kids are saying.  Having an army of teenage nieces and nephews has taught me that there are far worse things that they could have had than acne.  Why are you feeling that you need change?  Identify this before moving on.

3. What's the bright side in all of this?
With so much is happening around us there seems to be no time for considering that light at the end of the tunnel.  We can still see it as something positive and if it's a train at the end of the tunnel, take it for a ride and see what makes the world go round!  So what am I looking forward to, if I do make these changes?  Try to be very specific in what you want to achieve.

4. Am I comfortable with what I'm doing?
There's always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding what goes with which shoes, or purse, shirt and whatnot.  It doesn't take a genius to see yourself as someone unique, or else we'd all be equally the same in everything we do.  How am I going to feel as I go about making this change?  Answering this question honestly means that there's no unpleasant surprises along the way.

5. Have I done enough for myself?  Do I do enough for myself?
Have you?  Or is there something more you want to do?  Again… be specific.

6. Am I happy at where I am today?
It's an unfair question so let it be an answer!  Say for example that you already love being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids or a wonderful support to your partner?  Then take it up a notch.  Your kids will love you forever.  Your partner will wonder how they could possibly live without you!  The same goes for everyday life!

7. Am I appealing to others?
So maybe I don't have an answer to that, but that doesn't mean I can't try it, though. Whether you shape-up, change the way you wear your clothes or hair, or even your attitude towards people, you should remember it will always be for your own benefit.  How can you change to improve yourself?

8. How much do I have to work to get what I want?
There is no such thing as having too much or too little. It's more about how badly you really need it/want it.  Most people would say that they'd like to have lots of money.  No denying that, but the question is…how much are you willing to work for it?  Very little comes to those who sit and wait.  How are you going to achieve your wishes?  The same applies for anything else you want.

9. What motivates me?
What motivates you? There are so many things that can make you happy, but to choose one of them may be the hardest part.  It's not like you can't have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that's it.  Just try it piece by piece.

10. What Really Makes You Tick?
So?  What really makes you tick?  You can be just about anything you want to be, but to realize that getting there seems difficult, can have you giving up before you even start that journey.  Remember that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo… it needs to be something that you really, really want.  Are you ready for that commitment to yourself?

Grab the download.  Work through the questions.  You'll be getting started on your own personal betterment journey.  It's something you won't regret.

Christine R.

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