30 Second Self Improvement

Simplicity of Thought 

Thinking is Habit Forming 

You may have a list of self improvement ideas, but a big list sounds like a lot of work, which is something often avoided, so the first step toward making a positive change is to narrow down the list by focusing on one thing at a time. The next step is to create a new habit of thought by maintaining a simple daily routine to exercise your ability to choose. You are not bound by any rules that require you to keep current habits you don’t want, so feel free to change. Thoughts that affect your perception of who you are and your abilities are often left unsupervised, but deliberate choices can improve your self-esteem. Why are mental habits so important to your progress? Because the way you think about yourself will have a direct impact on most aspects of your life including, confidence, success, happiness, motivation, and even relationships. To create a new habit of thought, it only takes about 30 seconds to stop and clear your mind of competing thoughts, and then choose to infuse words that describe your self-improvement goals. 

Some Choice Words 

Words are like points on a map, choosing the right words can help lead you to your destination. Without a good map, sometimes thoughts go random and end up taking you off course. 

Plan each of your 30 second sessions that you will take during the day. Pick one or more words that describe the goals you want to achieve. Use those words for choosing a positive direction for your thoughts. Set a destination as if you are driving to reach a single point on your map. Start a daily routine of consciously choosing to think of your positive words of choice several times per day, which gives you a simple road map to follow in order to help reach your goals. 

Sometimes you may have a little trouble and get off track, so if you find your- self going the wrong way, just make a You-turn and go back to your set routine. Real self improvement means that nobody else decides how you think and feel because you have the ability to choose your own thoughts. The daily goal is simple. Consistently take 30 second breaks to reaffirm your words of choice, which then become a natural part of your thought process, also known as a habit. 

“Seeing” Helps Believing 

Reality is personal, and it can be manipulated based on what you think. Some- times a thin grey line can be all that separates the real from the imagined. If you imagine yourself doing the specific actions that it takes to accomplish something, it can increase the probability of actually getting it done. A vividly imagined experience can help you “see” yourself succeeding, but rather than imagining a lofty far-off goal, picture yourself accomplishing the more attainable steps along the way to the end result of your self-improvement goal. 

Although at first you may only be half-hearted in believing, a half truth can be- come whole by the repetition of choosing what to think, you see. 

Worth Repeating 

How long will it take to see a change and reap the fruits of your mental harvest? That depends on several things, such as the condition of your mind. It may be relatively easy to cultivate new habits of thought, or you may have to clear out some rocks and weeds, which takes more effort. 

Creating a habit is not a matter of saying a magic phrase 3 times. Self improvement is an ongoing process that takes consistent planting of positive words. Routine and repetition can form a habit, and the goal is to choose new habits of thought that lead to better self-esteem, motivation and achievement. Some studies indicate that repeating the same action can form a new habit in about 21 days. That may or may not be the case, but you have to consistently keep trying in order to find out. 

Time to Re-Choice 

Today is the day the Lord has made, so re-choice and be glad in it. When you catch yourself in the act of thinking unwanted thoughts, stop and take 30 seconds to re-choose a positive word replacement. 

For example, if you realize that you are tense and stressed, take a mental pause and remind yourself to choose an alternate. 

You can fill in the blank with whatever words that can help you take control of your situation. 

Try to recognize opportunities to re-choice and replace the unwanted with the wanted thoughts. 

Every morning you can start your day with some mental exercise, and continue to choose positive words throughout the day to motivate and reinforce your new self-improvement plan. Routine and repetition is the key to creating a new habit. 

Removing Doubt & Fear 

The Unfamiliar Unknown 

ear of the unknown is often at the root of why some people will not let go of the past, or take action to change a bad habit. It can be a subconscious way of feeling secure because it’s familiar, and a convenient way to avoid risk. 

Not knowing how things will turn out can make it difficult to start or finish projects, and achieving personal goals can be obstructed because thoughts of doubt and uncertainty will throw a wet blanket on your motivation. Instead of letting doubt and uncertainty hold you back, realize that you have a choice to embrace the unknown and enjoy the freedom of doing what you want without adding any self-imposed mental boundaries. 

You may have heard that achieving success takes a combination of perspiration and inspiration. The sweaty part is the physical action to get the work done, and inspired part is the belief that you can do it. 

The self improvement road to success is often cluttered with mental obstacles that can slow your progress or derail your efforts. When you understand that you often create those obstacles with thoughts of self doubt and fear, then you can start to remove and replace them by consistently choosing to think of encouraging words. 

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You can accept the challenge of the unknown with an open mind. 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” 

Mending Your Mind 

If you are human, it’s inevitable that someday you’re going to feel walked on, ripped off, used up, or left out. 

When that happens, you could experience a range of emotions that can be de- scribed by a bag full of unhealthy adjectives. 

Dwelling on negative thoughts about those events is a common response, but perceived wrongs could be the right opportunity to learn a new habit. Instead of wasting your mental energy, take 30 seconds to remove and replace those thoughts. 

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Start unpacking your emotional baggage because you don’t have to carry it around anymore. 

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” 

Believe What You Choose 

Would you like to have more confidence? This may seem over-simplified, but the difference between self doubt and confidence is only your perception. In its basic form, perception is a thought that you create in response to your personal experience and beliefs. 

Perceptions about your self-image can be influenced by adversity, comments, events and interactions. 

For example, comments by parents, peers or others can have a long-lasting impact on your self-confidence. 

Certain past events in your life also may have contributed to persistent thoughts of low self esteem. 

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You have the freedom to choose to be confident in your abilities and believe in yourself. Just a few minutes a day makes the old doubts go away. 

Minding Your Heart 

Traditionally, your heart gets the credit as the source of feelings, but it’s your brain that decides what to do with them. 

People, places or things can trigger feelings and emotions, but you can decide how to react or respond. 

When left unsupervised, emotions can take your mind for a bumpy ride, especially when they can be easily influenced by things that generally happen out- side of your head. 

Keep in mind that emotions are just thoughts, which originate inside your brain, and you happen to be the one who decides what goes on in there. You have the ability to choose how to control your response, and maintain the integrity of your actions. 

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You are not required to let emotions have free reign over your brain. Exercising the right of choice gives you control to remain grounded and balanced in thought. 

The Positive Present 

Has your brain been polluted with demoralizing deprecation? Do you rehash negative comments and conversations in your mind? 

People can dish out unqualified judgments or withhold approval to manipulate behavior. 

This contributes to feelings of low self esteem, but holding onto those negative thoughts is a waste of mind and energy. 

Everyone has flaws, including those who pass judgment onto you. They can say what they may without having a clue, but that doesn’t make it true. Why depend on unreliable measurements from other people to determine your own self worth? 

Your self-worth is not determined by success, money, possessions, education, personal appearance, or the opinions of other people. 

You have the freedom to choose what to think, and let go of anything that does not support a healthy self image. 

You Are What You Think 

Snooze or Choose 

In case you dozed off and missed a really important point – You have a brain with the ability to choose your own thoughts. 

They can be created, modified, rearranged or replaced to motivate, inspire and build self esteem. 

That means you don’t have to continue living with any thoughts that keep you from enjoying life or achieving goals. 

There is nothing to prevent you from deciding how to think and what you can accomplish, regardless of preconditioned beliefs you may have. 

Your brain sorts through a constant flow of information, and a lot of junk has to be deleted or ignored. Managing this flow involves a combination of automatic and manual choices that determine what’s important. 

By definition “junk” is not important, yet some of it gets past your filter and ends up wasting time and energy, but you can make adjustments and choose to accept the best and tune out the rest. 

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Through repetition of self improvement sessions, you can remove the limitations on what you think you can accomplish. 

Getting Grounded 

Behold the Rock, a model of reliable consistency. 

Always grounded regardless of life’s circumstances, the Rock is patient and solid, though exposed to all elements. 

The Rock is never jealous, envious or judgmental while quietly going about business without a worry or a complaint about anything. 

Although considered rather dull by some, the Rock is a strong foundation and a wise choice. A faithful reminder that things will pass regardless of what storms may blow your way. 

Simple, yet relevant habits can be learned and applied by choosing to remain focused on the important things in life, and not be caught up in the world. 

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Set aside the time each day to dwell on your words of wisdom, and not be carried away by unimportant things. 

“…the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:25 

Looking for Opportunities 

In life there are tree dwellers and bush dwellers. 

Trees can offer a bird’s eye view of potential opportunities to look ahead. Staying low in the bush can avoid potential risk, but limits your line of sight. If a greater height holds the promise of elevated self fulfillment, why are trees not full of people looking for opportunity? 

Generally, it’s the fear of something that can hold you back. Living in a bush can have its benefits, but a bush leaves you to wonder if there is a higher calling. Then of course, there is the old proverb that says a bird in a tree is worth two in a bush. Achieving a worthwhile goal usually means climbing out of your comfort-zone, and possibly going out on a limb because that’s where the fruit grows. If you are looking for more fruit, take the time to practice choosing every day. 

Wagging Your Tail 

Evidently, there is a direct connection between a dogs’ tail and their smile. When you see a dog wagging her tail, it’s a sure sign of positive thoughts on the other end. 

Even a stubby tail has no shortage of wag that can influence thinking. This keen observation provides some wisdom and understanding about the potential modeling of human behavior. 

The correlation demonstrates that if you want to smile more and have fun, then get out and wag your tail. 

Then of course, some people ask the question of which one actually wags first, the head or the tail? 

It seems that if you want to change the shape of your mouth, then choosing to think about positive thoughts is the beginning of a good wagitude. 

Keep it Fresh 

Most people like to eat, especially if it tastes good, and eating is considered to be an important activity for staying healthy. 

Are you also feeding yourself food for thought that contributes to physical and mental well being? If your refrigerator starts to smell bad because of rotten food, then obviously it’s time to clean it out. Otherwise, the stench will grow worse and it can have an unhealthy affect on the good food inside. The same thing can apply to your thoughts. Old moldy cogitations that are past their expiration date could be taking up important space in your mind. Negative thoughts with no productive purpose should be tossed out so they don’t contaminate all the other good thoughts. Visualization is a way to help you reinforce fresh new habits of thought. See yourself throwing out all the unwanted things like fear, worry and doubt. Then choose to stock up on all the good words that can feed a healthy mind. 

Principle of Well Wishing 

Wishful Thinking 

Studies show that positive emotions can have a healthy effect on your psycho- logical and physical well being. Evidently, people who find happiness by pursuing a greater good can have a more satisfying life experience. With this in mind, what if you could feel better, be happier, and live a more satisfied life by practicing a few simple thoughts every day? That sounds extraordinary, but how does it work? One easy way is to become a well-wisher. You may be thinking what is a well wisher? Do you throw coins in a fountain and make a wish? You don’t need any coins, and you don’t need a fountain, but you do need to have a brain. If you have one with the ability to think, then you qualify for the opportunity to think well of other people. This simple act of good will can be part of a greater good that can provide important mental and physical benefits. 

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Choose to think well of other people without expecting anything in return. “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” Matthew 5:44 

Going to the Well 

Pursuing a greater good by choosing to think well about other people may sound easy enough, but for some people it can be more difficult than it seems. You can start by setting aside a 30 second thought session a few times per day to stop thinking about yourself and all things related to you. If you are able to do that, then you can go on to the next step, which is to focus on a single person or a group of people and think about lifting them up. You have 1,440 minutes in a day, so there are many to choose from in order to set aside just half of one and not think about your personal needs. If you can muster the ability to take control of about 30 seconds a few times per day for this exercise, then you have become a true well-wisher. For dysfunctional minute-misers, you can try starting with just one good thought here and there until your outlook changes from having a well that is half empty to one that is half full.  

Good Will Thinking 

Do you know that you have Neuropeptides? They are biochemical messengers that link thoughts to the body. These little peppies tell your parts how to react. Good thoughts can relay signals to relax and enjoy life, and negative thoughts can lead to a headache or some other ailment. For example, complaining about other people can create bio-hazardous thoughts that are unhealthy for your mind and body. Why worry about a speck in someone’s eye when you may have a log in your own that you didn’t notice. Nobody is without fault and spending time pointing them out is not productive. Let go of the grudge and the urge to judge. There are no detrimental side effects or health hazards known for thinking well about people. If you want to be happier and more self-secure, try thinking of people the way you would like to be thought of.  

Room for Improvement 

Don’t Wait to Cogitate 

Don’t Wait to Cogitate Your brain is your domain, this is your house and you are free to change your mind at anytime. Freedom of choice is a simple, but effective tool with the capacity to improve your life. 

The term “self improvement” implies that you decide what to work on, but here is a list of ideas to help you get started: 

You Can Choose… 

To listen 

To learn 

To trust 

To give 

To believe 

To love 

To help 

To praise 

To compliment 

To respect 

To persevere 

To overcome 

To achieve 

To succeed 

To remember 

To forget 

To create 

To start 

To finish 

You Can Choose… 

To be calm 

To be cheerful 

To be patient 

To be confident 

To be positive 

To be productive 

To be creative 

To be innovative 

To be organized 

To be undeterred 

To be considerate 

To be generous 

To be faithful 

To be humble 

To be honest 

To be thankful 

To be forgiving 

To be courteous 

To be friendly 

To be realistic 

To be enterprising 

To be adventurous 

You Can Choose… 

To have faith 

To have mercy 

To have peace 

To have hope 

To have compassion

 To have courage 

To have strength 

To have determination

 To have integrity 

You Can Choose… 

Not to worry 

Not to complain 

Not to judge 

Not to be afraid 

Not to be negative

 Not to be bitter 

Not to have self pity 

Not to be discouraged 

Not to be stubborn 

Not to be prejudiced 

Not to be intimidated 

Not to procrastinate 

Not to make excuses 

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There is always room for improvement, and whatever you choose to be or not to be, creating routine and repetition is the key. 

Your self-worth is not determined by education, success, money, material possessions, physical appearance or the opinions of other people. It is deter- yours. 


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