January is the month when New Year’s resolutions are set and very often, it is also the month when those resolutions are broken.
‘Why can’t people stick to their improvement goals?’ Is a question many of you will be asking.
Of course, there is not one single answer to that query, but for many, cost is a problem.
Setting out to improve oneself can be expensive, but it needn’t be as there are many ways to learn and develop without spending a fortune.
Others don’t know where to start their personal improvement mission. Although for us, the solution to this problem is a simple one; every big change needs to begin in the home.
Here are a few easy ways you can learn and develop at home, without hammering your bank balance.
Create A Library
Albert Einstein once said: “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
This is an anomaly, because if you have a good library in your home, then you will learn so much more. Books are not expensive (for the most part!), but they do offer a chance for personal development that is not available in most other places.
Enlightening books such as Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink, The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss and Build muscle, lose fat, look great by Stuart McRobert will help you develop your personal and professional life, as well as your physique and mind.
‘When in doubt, go to the library” were very wise words written by Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling.
This statement applies as much to real life as it does to the world of wizards, so set-up your own personal development library and reap the rewards.
Of course, books aren’t the only way to learn these days. There are hundreds of smartphone applications that can help you learn languages (Babbel), stay fit (Under Armour – My Fitness Pal) and become mindful.
This is great news for all you folks who aren’t avid readers, as there are different options that can help you learn and develop within your home at a low cost.
If you’d prefer a little less interaction with your phone, then why not watch an excellent documentary?
There are dozens of intriguing and enlightening factual films on all of the streaming services.
Here are just a few on Netflix that we would recommend:
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – If you’re interest lies in art and the sacrifices that it takes to make an artistic statement, this one could be for you.
One of Us – This is a fantastic watch for anyone who has an interest in the world of sociology.
Into the Inferno – If you have an interest in the changing world around you, then this could be the documentary for you.
Focus On Your Passion And Include Those Around You
Legendary music producer, A.R. Rahmen once said: “Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life” and this quote couldn’t be truer.
If you’re looking for a great way to develop this New Year, then we would recommend focusing on what you really care about and pouring all of your energy into improving that.
Whether that be your work situation, your education, your personal life or your fitness and health; hard work is easier when you really care about every facet of the results.
If you can get the people you live with on-board, then all the better, because a home that strives for the same goals, is a home that achieves those goals!
Roy .T. Bennett once wrote: “If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.”
It’s true; if you find your passion, development and learning will become an enjoyable hobby, rather than a chore.
Review Your Home And Remove Distractions
There are 365 days in a year and every one of them represents an opportunity for you to change something in your life for the better.
By transforming your home into a place that facilitates your dreams, rather than hampers them, you can take advantage of each one of these opportunities.
Small homely changes, such as laying your running shoes by the front door as a gentle reminder that you promised yourself you’d get fit in 2018, or keeping your work desk constantly tidy, so you will have no reason not to work when you need to, this will be a huge help to your transformational journey.
Remove any distractions in your home that are in the way of your personal development; for instance, if you feel as though you are overdoing it with the video games, then put the console in the cupboard, or if you are struggling to eat healthy, then only buy from the organic stores.
When trying to learn or improve, it’s essential that you have a home that encourages it.
Immerse Your Home In Change
American entrepreneur, Garry Varnerchuk, once said that the quickest way to self-improvement is by asking those closest to you for honest feedback.
We’d wager a bet that for many of you, that feedback would entail a comment like this: “They are good at starting goals, but rarely reach them.”
That is because with many people, consistency is a problem. It is difficult for most people to maintain the ambition and optimism that is there when they first set out to make a change.
One way to change that is to review your current methods and adapt them. For instance, if you want to become more mindful, then why not try meditating with someone you live with, or lay out an area in your home dedicated to that activity.
If your goal is to learn a new language, have a corner of your room dedicated to literature and posters that are in that language.
Small changes in your home that immerse you in an atmosphere where learning and development is encouraged will make a big impact.
Practice Makes Perfect
Remember, practice makes perfect and a good habit is just as addictive as a bad one. So, take action – turn your home into a development hub and learn that language, read that book or start that business.
Whatever your aim is, just go for it – this could be your best year yet!
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