The Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Self-Improvement Journey

The Beginner's Guide to Starting Your Self-Improvement Journey
I’ve experienced imposter syndrome and so has pretty much every Mompreneur going after what she wants.
Written by Susan Vernicek

The most important thing to remember about self-improvement is that it’s a lifelong process.

I’m a Mom of twins, 42, and believing in self-improvement is one of my best tools. Self-improvement is an ongoing process of getting better at the things you want to do. This practice is about improving your mindset, health, relationships, career, and more.

Self-improvement isn’t just about becoming a better person, it’s also about achieving your goals and dreams.

The ultimate goal of self-improvement is to achieve happiness in all areas of life (work/career, family/friends, love/romance), right? Well, from over a decade of building and teaching, I’ve got the foundation and skills needed to live with the signature A-Game. The A-Game is the work of transforming through self-acceptance, appreciation, and personal achievement. 

Sure, we all want happiness in all areas, but I’ve learned over the years to accept and embrace that happiness isn’t always easy or available. The balance and appreciation of life include all the in-between emotions we experience. 

Your self-improvement is part of your game of life and It’s a piece of the bigger picture. Below, you’ll find some tips and a plan to follow while you continue to show up for your best self so that you develop the audacity to achieve the things you want to achieve. 

  1. Always accept full responsibility because that gives you all the power of your choices.
  2. Always appreciate the journey of your self-improvement
  3. Always celebrate your daily wins so you stay connected to your success because this will create a positive habit of showing up and achieving all your goals in your life.
The Beginner's Guide to Starting Your Self-Improvement Journey

Create a Self-Improvement Plan

Identifying Your Goals
Setting SMART Goals
Creating a Timeline for Success

Find Inspiration

Read books. Reading is one of the best ways to learn about new things and find inspiration, so it’s no surprise that many successful people have made it part of their self-improvement routine. All you need is 10 minutes a day consuming empowering content and that will change your life.

Seek mentors. If you know someone who has achieved what you want for yourself (e.g., financial independence), ask them how they did it! They may be able to give valuable advice on how to achieve your goals or even introduce you to other people who can help out in this area.

Try new things: If there’s something on your bucket list but you haven’t gotten around to doing yet–go ahead and try it! The more experiences under your belt, the better equipped you’ll be when making decisions later down the road.

Build Good Habits

The first step to building good habits is to create a routine. A routine is a set of actions that you repeat on a regular basis, usually daily or weekly. For example, you might have a morning routine that includes waking up at 7:00 am and showering before heading off to work.

Routines can help us to stay organized and focused on our goals because they give us something concrete to do every day, even if we don’t feel like doing it at first. 

If your goal is self-improvement (which I’m assuming it is), then having a daily or weekly schedule will help keep this goal in mind so that when opportunities come up for improvement–like reading books about self-improvement–you’ll be able to take advantage of them without feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities available out there!

Develop Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is a skill that can be learned and developed. Here are some ways to build your self-confidence:

Recognize your strengths. What do you do well? What have you achieved in the past? Take time to think about what makes you feel good about yourself, and then write down these things. Remembering our strengths helps us feel better about ourselves when we’re feeling down or insecure.

Practice affirmations daily–and mean them! Affirmations are positive statements we tell ourselves to boost confidence and improve self-esteem. For example, “I am strong” “I am capable”, or “I am beautiful” are great affirmations because they remind us of something positive about ourselves without being too specific or overreaching (like saying “I’m going to win an Oscar”). 

Try writing out 10 different affirmations each day until one really sticks with you; then start using it every day until it becomes second nature!

Focus on Health and Well-Being, I’ve got this challenge inside Mindset + Achieve™ of week two, and it focuses on these main elements:

Get enough sleep
Eat a balanced diet
Exercise regularly

Download this 7-day wellness challenge worksheet and see how you feel, tag me on Instagram to share!

Improve Communication Skills

Listen actively: This means you’re focused on the other person, not just waiting for your turn to speak. You’re also paying attention to body language and tone of voice, as well as what they say.

Ask questions: Questions show that you’re interested in what the other person has to say and help keep the conversation going smoothly (and avoid awkward silences).

Be honest and direct: Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to communicating with others. You don’t have to sugarcoat things or beat around the bush! If someone asks how something looks on them, give them an honest opinion; if they ask how their new haircut looks, tell them exactly what you think of it!

Build Relationships

Make time for friends.
Show kindness to everyone you meet, even if they don’t deserve it at that moment.
Respect boundaries and don’t cross them without permission.

Learn to Adapt

Being open-minded
Embracing change
Overcoming obstacles

The most important thing to remember about self-improvement is that it’s a lifelong process. There will always be more to learn and more to do, but if you stay motivated and take action, the results will be worth it.

In addition to the tips above, here are some other ways you can stay motivated:

Make a list of your goals and post it somewhere where you’ll see it often (like on your mirror). 

This will help keep them on top of your mind so that you don’t slip away from consciousness as easily when life gets busy or stressful.

Find an accountability partner who wants similar things out of life as much as possible. Someone who will support your efforts without letting them fall by the wayside when things get tough or boring! 

Of course, this is why I’ve had coaches throughout my life. I’d love to support you and have room for more Mindset + Achieve clients.  You can start by filling out this FORM OR book a breakthrough and interest call HERE.

About the author

I’ve experienced imposter syndrome and so has pretty much every Mompreneur going after what she wants.

Susan Vernicek

Mindset Coach, Susan Vernicek ignites and empowers Mompreneurs who struggle to discover their balance between MomLife + BizLife. For over a decade she's been helping them create a winning Mompreneur Mindset so that they can consciously thrive at home and KILL IT in business —without feeling guilty and letting go of the comparison game.

With 14 years of experience and overcoming her own emotional, financial, and physical rock bottom, she's now thriving as a Mompreneur.

She's not just a mindset coach and igniter, she's known as the Mindset + Achieve™ coach, a #1 Amazon Bestseller, and Speaker. Move from autopilot to achieving in MomLife + BizLife! To connect directly, please Email Susan at

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