12 ways to be a better person that are free, but hard to do
1. Tell the truth even when it will get you in trouble
This is probably the hardest thing on the list, but also the most important. Telling the truth, even when it’s hard or will get you in trouble, is a cornerstone of integrity. People who are honest are generally more trusted and respected.
2. Avoiding procrastination
Procrastination is the enemy of productivity and usually leads to lower quality work. It can be hard to avoid, but it’s important to try. If you find yourself procrastinating, try breaking down the task into smaller steps that you can complete or setting a timer and working for a set amount of time
3. Avoid mind reading into other people's motives rather than asking them what they are thinking
This is a mistake that can cause a lot of problems in relationships. If you think you know what someone is thinking or feeling, you’re likely to be wrong at least part of the time. It’s always better to ask directly rather than make assumptions
4. Indulging in negative self talk and negative mind loops
Negative self-talk is any inner dialogue that puts yourself down or tells you that you can’t do something. It’s common for people to have some negative self-talk, but it’s important to try to limit it as much as possible.
5. Self Promotion
We are taught to be modest and humble. The unfortunate truth is if you don't promote yourself you will never stand out from the crowd and you will likely not get noticed
Chris Voss put it best:
7. Prioritizing money over psychological well being
The pursuit of money can be a major source of stress and unhappiness. It’s important to remember that there are more important things in life than money. Prioritizing your psychological well-being over making more money will usually lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.
8. Eating right consistently
Eating healthy is important for physical and mental health. It can be hard to do, especially if unhealthy food is easy to access and you have a busy lifestyle. But making an effort to eat healthy most of the time will pay off in the long run.
9. Saying No
One of the hardest things to do is say no, especially when you’re being pressured by someone else. But it’s important to be assertive and set boundaries. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person, it just means that you value your own time and energy
10. Being a critical thinker
It’s important to be able to think critically and question things. This doesn’t mean being needlessly skeptical or Cynical, but it does mean being willing to look at things from different angles and to question assumptions.
11. Write down three things you are grateful for everyday
Through out the day you are bombarded with negative influences the media, people and events. It's easy to get lost into that dark cloud. So start you day right by writing three things you are grateful for.
Gratitude has been shown to have many benefits, including improved mental and physical health.
12. Don't make a prediction that is disempowering
A self-fulfilling prophecy is a belief that comes true because you think it will. For example, if you believe you’re going to fail, you’re likely to act in ways that make failure more likely. It’s important to try to avoid making predictions that are disempowering or negative.