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5 Things You Should Do To Become A Better Version Of Yourself

If you constantly strive for self-improvement, here are 5 life-changing tips and one eye-opening app to help you reach your full potential in no time.
by Michael Benninger | Apr 21 2017

We’re living in the midst of an information explosion, and for anyone interested in self-improvement, there’s never been a better time to be alive. Each month, hundreds of new books about becoming the best possible you are published, but, with so many options, reading even a fraction of them seems like an impossible task.

This is why we invented the Blinkist app! The app presents the core concepts of bestselling books in audio and text, making it easy for you to read or listen to the key ideas of a book in around 15 minutes—instead of 15 hours!

Now, you can benefit from more than 2,000 of today’s top nonfiction books in record time.

For a closer look at what you could learn with Blinkist, here are 5 life-changing tips from some of our most popular nonfiction books.

Tip #1: Invest in Your Emotional Intelligence

from Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

When we experience heightened emotions, our brains bypass rational thought and act out of instincts. But by developing a high degree of emotional intelligence, we can lead healthier, more successful lives while increasing self-awareness.

So rather than rushing to react, recognize your feelings and what causes them, and try putting yourself in other people’s shoes instead of letting your emotions get the best of you.

Tip #2: Stop hitting snooze

from Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 A.M.) by Hal Elrod

How we wake up each morning affects our entire day, and if you’re the type of person who repeatedly hits the snooze button, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Change your routine for the better by putting your phone or alarm clock on the other side of the room before you go to bed.

Then, when your alarm clock goes off in the morning, immediately splash some water on your face, then drink a glass of water as fast as you comfortably can. Avoid going back to bed and work on finding your personal success ritual through a combination of silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading and writing.

Tip #3: Always be authentic

from 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking … Because People Do Business with People They Like by Michelle Tillis Lederman

Our lives depend on the depth of our relationships, and by increasing your likeability, you stand to create more meaningful connections with those in your life. To create successful relationships, always be authentic and unbiased, and don’t ever hide your true feelings.

Be genuinely curious and ask open-ended questions to keep a conversation going, but don’t be afraid to skip events where you can’t be your true self. And if you simply can’t get out of something unpleasant, look for aspects that are interesting or find ways to make it more fun.

Tip #4: Allow Yourself to Get Immersed

from Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Instead of trying to accumulate more cash or power, create intrinsic rewards to gamify your workday. By getting lost in your work or hobbies, you’ll derive more pleasure out of your day and might even find more meaning in your life.

Set a goal of learning all you can about your work environment, and seek out new challenges in order to shed anxiety and gain a clearer perspective on your place in the larger picture.

Tip #5: Practice trumps talent every time

from Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed

How far you get in life isn’t determined by your genetics, but by how you spend your time. And no matter what field you’re interested in, plenty of practice is the only way you’ll reach the pinnacle.

Continue to challenge yourself even after surpassing your peers or achieving self-satisfaction, and embrace failure to learn from your shortcomings. Doubts are distracting and affect us physically, so believe in yourself in order to attain greatness.

These are just 5 of the tens of thousands of smart concepts you could discover with the Blinkist app. And with more books being added all the time, there’s no end to your education and self-improvement. What will you learn? Download the Blinkist app now to find out.

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