You hear and read this all the time, “be the best version of yourself“. But what does this even mean?
Am I not just one person, so how can I be my best version?
My interpretation of this saying is that to be the best version of yourself you have to do what is right for you and no one else. Live to the best of your potential. To be the best version of yourself you have to be aware of what that is and move forward towards that.
Another way to think about it, which might not be the healthiest way, is to look at how you portray yourself on social media. Most of us document our best version of ourselves, the sides of ourselves we want others to see. We choose to show only the best aspects of our lives.
In an effort to understand what this saying means to different people, I did a search online and came across many different answers.
There were many, many more but you get the idea. Being the best version of yourself means meeting your needs and reaching your full potential in all aspects of your life: career, leisure, relationships, health, and well-being. If you are living to your full potential, if what you are doing is bringing out the best in you, then you are your best version of yourself.
Using a note-taking app, piece of paper or the FREE downloadable print-out above, think about these areas of your life and how you can improve in each to reach your full potential. Write them down and refer to them when you need a reminder of what brings out the best version of you.
If your best version brings out the best in you then your on the right track!
I thought about what I can do to be the best version of myself and here is what I came up with:
I am happy in my career. I do everything I can to continue to learn and grow within my career. I put my best foot forward and work to the best of my ability. If an opportunity presents itself I am grateful for the chance and take it!
I have a good work/life balance. I take time to myself. I learn new skills and hobbies. My leisure time is deliberate, I spend my free time cultivating new enjoyments. I keep my mind active through creativity.
I make an effort to maintain relationships. I make plans with friends and go out. I cultivate new relationships by participating in events and local activities. My friends and family are my rock. I don’t hang on to relationships that bring me down.
I eat healthily and stay active. I reduce animal consumption and eat plant-based. I get fresh air and enjoy nature. I see my doctor regularly. I continue to educate myself about health and nutrition.
I practice self-care. I journal and meditate. I take time to slow down and notice things around me. I can live in the present. I say positive affirmations. I am happy and comfortable with my life.
I hope this helps you think about what your best version means to you. We strive to be perfect but that is not a healthy way to live. Instead, we should be living to the best of our ability, putting our best foot forward and maximizing our potential.
I want to know what “be the best version of yourself” means to you. Leave your comments below!
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