In this age of rampant technology, it is too easy to find oneself spending days idling away on the internet or watching television. There sometimes seems to be no reason to do anything at all; until you get to the point in which you realize that you must move forward in life. One cannot spend their entire life scrolling through images on Tumbler or watching YouTube videos, no matter how appealing that particular lifestyle may sound. Others may have duties and responsibilities, but stay stuck at the same plateau. It is easy to do the same retail or fast food job without aiming to move forward or strive for anything bigger. One should not wait for a magical moment for something to happen, or seek inspiration in others. It is important to motivate yourself.
In order to achieve advancement in self-development, you must develop positive thoughts. You will not move forward in life if you constantly have negative thoughts. Your thought patterns have a direct effect on your general attitude and actions. Positive thoughts will improve your mental attitude, and cause you to be more motivated in general. If you continue to think negatively, your mental attitude will definitely drag you down and hinder yourself development. Having positive thoughts will give you the motivation to do better things in life. For example, if you go into a job interview plaguing your mind with negative thoughts, that mental attitude will hinder your performance. Enter a job interview with positive thoughts and you will most likely succeed.
Low self-esteem if certainly something that also has a great effect on your mental attitude and self-motivation. Positive thoughts will transform your self-esteem. Low self-esteem is something that comes from within, as well as from around you. If you are bombarded with negativity on a regular basis, try not to reinforce that with a negative mental attitude. Instead, continue to think positive thoughts and do not let the negativity of others affect you. Ultimately, whether or not yourself development advances depends greatly on your own internal thoughts.
Mental attitude aside, it is your actions that will contribute to yourself development. Having positive thoughts will not be very beneficial if you do not act on those thoughts. If you are “stuck in a rut” as the saying goes, try to do things out of your ordinary routine. If you are at a dead end job, consider finding a new job, or pursuing an education so that you may obtain a better job. If finding a new job is not an option, then try to explore other activities outside of work. You can begin exercising or try yoga, or even take up a new sport. Trying a new art or craft is also a way to break away from routine life. Painting is a great way to express inner emotions. Perhaps you may become good enough at your art or craft to be able to profit from it. The improvement of your own quality of life is up to you.