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Self-improvement – It’s continuous and always necessary

As we each live life, we are virtually guaranteed to face a varying landscape of circumstances, changing environments, and new roles that require us to adapt.  A self-improvement plan will helps handle the anxiety and pressures that come with the continuous changes and challenges.  It equips us with the tools to excel in all the areas in your life.

Self-improvement is an ongoing process in all areas of life – career, education, relationships, health, and spirituality.  Set goals and put plans in place to reach those goals.  Consider a self-improvement class or self-improvement course.

If there are areas in your life you do not like, or struggle with, view those as opportunities that a self-improvement class can help you improve on. Confronting these areas and improving on them can help experience growth and to improve your skills.

A self-improvement course can help you to develop strengths. By taking time to focus on nurturing and using your strengths more, you go from being good at something to being excellent at it. You can reach your potential and achieve great growth by also continuing to improve the skills you are already good at.

Making the decision to improve your skills takes you a step closer to feeling and being more confident. Once you have achieved a certain goal, gained another skill, or developed a certain area of your life, you will naturally feel good about yourself and that will shine through.

Self-improvement and self-awareness are closely linked.  Take an honest look at the areas of your life that need improvement. Get to know who you really are, what your truly value, and where you would like to go in life. Make sure these are in complete alignment.  This process improves your self-awareness and allows you to experience fulfillment.

In addition to self-improvement courses, a coach can be an invaluable resource to help you obtain your goals and experience results faster.  A coach is a great listener, a sounding board, provider of encouragement, and can suggest alternative approaches that we may be blind to.  A coach is someone that keep us on track.  Accountability is a powerful force.

The journey of self-improvement is continuous and always necessary. It provides the opportunity to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and address them. Self-improvement helps in all the areas of life.  It is a personal journey.  Personal growth and self-improvement enhances skills, boosts self-awareness, and greatly impacts how we show up in the world.  Find a self-improvement course or class that interests you and dive in!

Change is a must!

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.”

Love it or hate it, it is as true today as in any time in history.  Advances in technology and the speed and access to information is the most evident, especially over the last decade.  Something else that has been changing over that same period and has been evolving for almost four decades is retirement planning.  And it’s not just how we plan for retirement, but with whom and for how long.

In our younger years, the concept of retirement planning seems so far away, and many equate it to getting older or becoming their parents.  Retirement planning takes a back seat for many during our family years and then further supplanted during the “tuition tunnel” for many.

Long gone are the days of “the company will take care of me” Decades ago people spent their entire working years at a single company only to collect a pension in addition to social security.  That was retirement planning.

The advent of the 401(k) all but replaced the company pension and ushered in a new era and increased the need for retirement planning.

We are all living longer, or at least we can do so.  That adds a new wrinkle to retirement planning.  The increasing need to make sure we don’t run out of money before we run out of life.  When will you stop working for money and have your money work for you?  How many decades will that be?  How many decades of living post working are there compared to the decades spent working?  This is an important consideration in retirement planning, as most individuals “retire” at their peak spending and earning years and aren’t all that interested in drastically changing their lifestyle.

Who can we turn to for assistance with retirement planning?  That landscape has changed, too!  No longer are you limited to product salespeople.  You can conduct your retirement planning with a fiduciary.  A fiduciary is bound to ensure that the recommendations they provide are the best possible option for your situation given your disclosed information at the time, the law as it exists, and your desired goals.

Retirement planning and life are full of choices. If you find you are not living the life you want for yourself because you are having trouble accepting and making changes, consider a planner who is also a coach.  They aren’t abundant, but they are out there.  They can help you move forward.  They recognize that our brains can actually change and adapt, especially with the proper tools and coaching.

The best thing we can all do is to live our lives in alignment with our values, and to not fear change, but embrace it.  This will not only allow us to achieve our goals but has the potential to affect change in our personal lives and in the lives of others as well.  That is the true measure of successful retirement planning!

Ideal Life 360 is a Human Performance Transformation company, aimed at equipping you with the tools to live your most ideal life.  We provide various types of support to people who want to live an amazing life, including; ‘do it yourself’ courses, transformational programs, one-on-one coaching, and immersion retreat experiences.