How often do you find yourself choosing the simpler option, rather than challenging yourself? Whether it’s at work or at home, it can be easy to get caught in a routine where you may not be presenting your best self because it is the more difficult route. Sometimes this is displayed in small actions, like choosing to send a birthday text message instead of sending a thoughtful card or calling, and other times it can be an action that could impact your career. If you’re ready to start putting your best foot forward, it’s time to put a little extra effort into your work or hobbies.

Think Before You Talk

Part of being your best self involves communicating in a way that will do more good than harm. Don’t you feel like your “best self” when you walk away from a conversation feeling productive rather than irritable? Thinking before you talk means not only that you are confident about what you are saying, but that you are also fully listening and understanding others before you respond.

Honor Your Word (Do What You Promise)

By consistently following through on promises, you show others that you can get the job done. Completing a task or attending an event that doesn’t interest you may feel tedious, but you’ll certainly be seen as reliable and hard-working to those that matter most. The same effort should be allocated to your personal life as well – if you make a promise to yourself to eat more greens or go for a walk, honor yourself by making it happen. In most cases, you’ll be happy you did.

Look For Opportunities To Help

Maya Angelou said it best: “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Helping others doesn’t have to involve spending your weekend volunteering – it can be as simple as sharing your skills with others to help them improve their own work, or even jumping in on a project that could use some new ideas. When we show up to support others, we feel like our best selves.