Attending Winona State means you are part of a community of learners improving our world. However, not many people realize or know that you need to improve yourself before you can improve anything else, let alone the world!

Here are 11 tips to help you improve yourself so you can go out and improve the world!

1) Move on. Let the past stay in the past; don’t get hung up on things and don’t dwell on the past. Look towards improving the future!

2) Embrace change. Change is one of life’s only guarantees so just learn to embrace it! Be aware when you see big changes in your life ahead and take time to think about it and move on.

3) Control what you can, accept what you can’t. Take control of what you can in your own life and learn to accept what you don’t have control over. Put your life in your own hands but don’t stress when things are out of your hands and don’t waste energy trying to gain control over something

4) Have a positive attitude. Positivity can do wonders!

5) Be here now. Be present in the moment, acknowledge what is happening around you and listen to what people have to say.

6) Evaluate your beliefs, goals, and why you are doing what you are doing. Make sure you are 100% sure of your intentions and that they line up with your values. If these do not match, you may have to reevaluate your priorities.

7) Be grateful. Complain less, appreciate more! Start a journal of gratitude if you need help with this.

8) Build your self-confidence. Get to a point where you do not search for self-worth and validation from anything or anyone outside of yourself.

9) Push yourself. Whether it is out of your comfort zone to try new things or to push yourself at a task. This is how true growth takes place

10) Practice what you preach. Avoid hypocrisy and lead by example. Follow the Golden Rule and treat others how you want to be treated.

11) Accept your mistakes. Most importantly, view your mistakes as an opportunity for growth. Take responsibility for your actions, admit when you are wrong, apologize, be the bigger person etc.

If you found these tips helpful, read 10 more self-care tips you should practice in my recent blog post.