Your September Action Plan: 10 Ways to Be the Best Version of Yourself

UPDATED: September 1, 2016
PUBLISHED: September 1, 2016

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.

This month, it’s all about you vs. you—and since your biggest competition is the reflection in your mirror, here’s your guide to becoming your best self.

1. Go For Gold

Tackle a challenging goal this week and commit one hour per day until you succeed. Take note of your increased resilience.

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2. Subtle Reminder

Write down the top three inspirations that drive you. Stick them on your mirror as a reminder of what hard work and passion can achieve.

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3. Rise Up

Your biggest competition is your own self-doubt. Welcome the challenge to push yourself out of your comfort zone and ignore the negative voices in your head.

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4. Get Going

Volunteer for an organization in your community. Enlist family and friends and soak up the good vibes of giving back.

Read: 4 Inspirational Stories of People Who Used Their Personal Struggles to Help Others

5. Look Sharp

This week, focus on your digital appearance. Update your LinkedIn profile to display your best work and reach out to your connections for skill endorsements.

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6. Baby Steps

Write down your biggest goal. Now break it into smaller, more manageable portions. Journal about everything and celebrate the milestones.

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7. Into the Wild

Plan an outdoor weekend getaway. Leave technology behind and hike a new trail; welcome the new task and time away.

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8. Build Better

Re-evaluate the roles of your team members. Focus on individual skill sets to ensure they match each staffer’s daily tasks.

Read: John Addison: This Is What It Takes to Build a Successful Team

9. Moderation

Every time you open your phone, remind yourself that social media is only a highlight reel. Limit yourself to five minutes of scrolling per day to avoid the comparison trap.

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10. Speak Up

Ask a question you’ve been avoiding. Ask for a raise, a lower interest rate or more responsibility. Revel in the newfound confidence and commit to asking one tough question each week.

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This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.