Your February Action Plan: 10 Ways to Exercise Self-Worth

UPDATED: September 11, 2023
PUBLISHED: February 1, 2018

Your Action Plan is a monthly to-do list of tips straight from SUCCESS magazine—10 things you can do right now to improve yourself and your life.

Did you know that caring for yourself makes you more attentive to others, creating upward spirals of performance and happiness all around you? So this month, focus on that: respect.

1. Introduce acquaintances.

Think of two people who are in your personal circle. Do they know each other? If not, connect them.

Read: Jordan Harbinger’s Best Advice: ‘Always Be Giving’

2. Schedule a follow-up.

Instead of micromanaging, schedule a follow-up meeting with your employees so they can update you on their progress without being caught off-guard.

Read: Master the Art of Delegation

3. Identify joy.

Determine something that brings you happiness. Committing to that joy can bring healthiness and productivity.

Read: How to Follow Through on Your New Year’s Resolutions 

4. Dress yourself.

To thine own self be true: Authenticity is your greatest asset. Look at your wardrobe and plan looks that will make you comfortable and confident. Don’t dress like someone else!

Read: Does Dressing for Success Really Work?​

5. Make tomorrow’s list.

Procrastination starts the day before you even realize you’ve been procrastinating. Write down tomorrow’s goals tonight if you really want to stick to them.

Read: 4 Big Mistakes You Should Avoid Making​

6. Study personalities.

Think about an interesting personality trait of someone you work with. Avoid a one-size-fits-all method of communication by actually getting to know the people around you.

Read: This Is How You Can Get Better at Reading People​

7. Think back on change.

You’ll need to adapt to change. Luckily, you’ve already done it before. Take a moment to celebrate changes that you successfully adapted to. That’ll help you weather the next storm.

Read: Why Success Doesn’t Mean You’re Living a Fulfilled Life

8. Create a calm place.

Organize your office or desk. It’s yours, after all. Clean is important, but don’t forget to tailor it to whatever relaxes you.

Read: How to Set the Mood for a Positive Day

9. Copycat.

The world is full of inspiring achievers. Identify the people who motivate you, and consider their strengths. Do they have habits you can emulate?

Read: 2017 SUCCESS Achievers of the Year 

10. Moment to meditate.

Say a prayer. Or take a moment of silent meditation for yourself. Whatever your beliefs might be, stop, listen and seek some sort of connection.

Read: Unlocking the Power of Prayer

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

Jonny Auping is a freelance writer based in Dallas.