Just One Step Forward

Stop and look in the mirror. 100% happy with everything you see? I certainly am not. I’m still scrawnier than I’d like to be. Ideally, I want to gain another 30 pounds of muscle. My bank account? Well, that’s scrawnier than I’d like it to be as well. My career is moving along, but if…

The Winner’s Mindset

Today we are looking at one of the fundamentals of self-improvement – the winner’s mindset. In fact, I would go so far as to argue that it may be the single most important tool you need on your self-improvement journey. The Winner’s Mindset OK, what is the winner’s mindset? I define it as follows. The…

How to Become a Problem-Solving Ninja

Hi all, It’s Jamie here. Welcome to September. Today I have a simple trick that will help you solve any problem. Well, almost any problem. That sock that disappeared in the washing machine last week is just long gone now, you need to accept it and move on. But almost any other problem can be…

The Two Things You Simply Must Have to Feel More Confident

Hello readers, it is great to be back! I took a two week break from writing here at Improve My Life This Year because I moved… across the world. I had been living in South Korea for almost 6 years, but now I am back in the United States of America. Today I want to…

The Art of the Deal vs. Hard Choices

Being a bit of a political junkie, I watched both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention this year. Of course, I have my own personal preferences going into this election, but here at Improve My Life This Year, we’ll remain impartial. Regardless what you think of either candidate, neither would have reached…

The 3 Shortcuts to Wisdom

Recently I answered a question on Quora on the topic of shortcuts to wisdom. I’ve expanded my ideas and want to share them with my readers here at Improve My Life This Year. Year by year, I’m sure you notice that you become wiser. What if we could accelerate that process? What if we could…

3 Killer Ways to Improve Your Writing

The pen is mightier than the sword. Are you well-armed? If you want to improve your life this year, a key area to target is your communication skills. We’ll cover conversational skills in a different post, but let’s focus on writing today. Fair or not, people judge your writing skills A LOT! Your resume. Your…

Eat That Frog!

This week’s theme is all about accomplishing great things. And one of the best books I’ve read on the topics of overcoming procrastination and increasing productivity is Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.  Below is the introduction of the book which provides a nice outline of…

Motivation for Monday

The only thing standing between where you are now and where you want to be is the work that it will take to bridge the gap. Get busy this week. For some self-improvement ideas to inspire you, check out our self-improvement curriculum, our suggested book reading list, our Facebook page, and our Twitter page. – Jamie

Stop Outsourcing Confidence

One simple hack to improve your life is this: stop outsourcing your confidence. What do I mean? Usually, our confidence comes from outcomes. Get a good test score – you’ll think you are a good student. Girl says yes when you ask her out on date – you’ll think you are a cool guy. Land…

A Counter-intuitive Way to Say “Goodbye” to Worry

I have a tendency to worry. I think it is due to the fact that I juggle a lot of responsibilities and often find myself involved in projects that have me out of my comfort zone. Additionally, I think I worry sometimes because there are many wonderful things in my life that I fear losing….

You, CEO – Monitoring

Welcome to our first post in our new series You, CEO. Be sure to check out the introduction here if you haven’t already. Monitoring Companies generally don’t make decisions based on emotions, feelings, guesses, or blind chance. But if you are honest, those factors often play a role in the decisions you make in your…