When was the last time you ran across an article, podcast, or book on self-improvement? If you’re connected online in one way or the other, chances are you come across self-improvement or self-help content a lot. You’re also likely bombarded with promotional ads on Youtube and other social platforms featuring self-proclaimed life coaches who are keen on helping you get your stuff together. And that’s just the start.

With so many self-improvement options available, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down the best route to take. Thankfully, we’ve put together a powerful 3-step self-improvement hack that won’t cost you a dime and will help you get started on your self-help journey right away.

Three-Step Process to Tackle Self-Improvement

First Step. Start with making a list of things you’d like to improve. This list can include areas of your personal & family life, career, or any other area of importance. Try to narrow your list down to 2-3 categories so you’re not overwhelmed by trying to improve many areas at the same time. For example, your first list may include the following categories: finance, family, and career. These three categories will be your points of focus.

Next, on a piece of paper, create separate columns for each of the categories and be sure to label them at the top. Under each category, list out 3-5 attributes, goals, or characteristics you’d like to target for yourself. For example, in the area of finance, you may list you would like to pay off your credit card debt aka debt-free. And, in the family category, you could, for example, write down you want to spend more time with your family on the weekends.

For personal goals, you could write out a specific attribute such as be more compassionate or courageous. This exercise may take some time but be sure to really think about how you would like to improve in these areas so you can achieve the best results.

The last step is to create affirmation cards. In each of the categories you created, you will use the goals, attributes, and characteristics you wrote down to create your affirmations. For the affirmations to be effective, write them in the present tense (example: I am courageous or I am spending more time with my family on the weekends) which gives the affirmation a better chance of reaching your subconscious mind.

Practice repeating these affirmations several times a day until you agree with the affirmation you wrote. Over time, you will begin to notice the progress you’re making on your self-improvement journey.

Start your Self-Improvement Practice Today

Self-improvement doesn’t need to involve the help of a trained specialist. Nor does it require you to purchase loads of self-improvement and self-help books. You can easily kickstart your self-improvement practice today with a simple pen and notebook, and a genuine desire to change your life.