Estimated Reading Time: 13 MinutesHow To Be the Best Version of Yourself In 10 Powerful Ways

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Committing to be the best version of yourself is not a walk in the park. It is a deliberate act of becoming.


When you decide to embark on this transformative journey, remember: it’s a perpetual work in progress, an ongoing journey rather than a final destination.


Hence, this path isn’t for the faint-hearted. It calls for those willing to roll up their sleeves, face the challenges, and uncover the latent power within.


So, what exactly does it mean to be the best version of yourself? Is it solely about reaching your potential, or does it encompass a deeper, more nuanced essence?

What Does It Take To Be the Best Version of Yourself?

Forget the corner office, the six-pack, and the perfectly curated Instagram feed. Forget the “should” and the societal pressure to be somebody else’s version of “best.”


Although “be the best version of yourself” sounds suspiciously like a motivational poster splattered onto a Pinterest board, it isn’t. Beneath it lies a potent truth:

“You hold the key to unlocking a life of meaning and fulfillment, sculpted by your own hands.”


In our perpetual quest for the next big thing, we often forget to look within. The journey to be the best version of yourself isn’t about chasing external validation or accumulating accolades.


Instead, it’s a bold unraveling of your genuine potential. An invitation to actively write the story of your life. Aligning your actions with your values and your purpose with your passion—that’s the summit you would want to aim for.


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And guess what? The view from up there is far more fulfilling than any corner office could ever offer.


So, are you ready to dive headfirst into the abyss of your own potential and uncover strengths that’ll make you better than you were yesterday? Here are ten powerful ways to unleash the masterpiece within:


1. Be Deliberate in Everything You Do

Here’s the harsh truth: Most of us stumble through life on autopilot. We wake up, go through the motions, eat, sleep, and repeat. It’s comfortable, sure, but comfort rarely leads to greatness.


I see it all the time in my hypnotherapy practice. Clients walk in, faces etched with a vague dissatisfaction and a gnawing sense that something’s missing. They’ve been sleepwalking through life, coasting on autopilot.


Take Michael, for instance. A talented musician, his fingers danced effortlessly across the piano keys, yet his music lacked soul.


He confessed to me, “I feel like I’m playing someone else’s song.” We embarked on a journey of rediscovering intentionality.


Through mindfulness exercises, Michael reconnected with the joy of music and the raw emotion he poured into every note before autopilot took over. Slowly, the music transformed.


It wasn’t just musical notes anymore; it was a story, a reflection of his own vibrant spirit. Michael’s story is a testament to the power of deliberate living.


Becoming your best self requires intentionality—a conscious decision to inject mindfulness and purpose into every choice you make, big or small. Here’s how it works:


  • Start with “Why?”

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Is it feeding my soul or just filling the void? Is it aligned with my values, or a desperate attempt to please someone else?


Find the spark that ignites your soul and the purpose that makes you leap out of bed with excitement.


  • Declutter your Decisions

We all have mental inboxes overflowing with “to-dos” and “should-dos.” Take some time to ruthlessly declutter.


What truly matters? What aligns with your “why”? Prioritize ruthlessly, ditch the distractions, and focus your energy on the brushstrokes that truly paint your masterpiece.


  • Mindfulness is Your Muse

Turn inward and cultivate awareness through the ancient practice of meditation, the introspection of journaling, or the simple act of slow, deliberate breathing.




Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and choices. This awareness allows you to course-correct and adjust your brushstrokes before the paint dries and sets.


Being deliberate isn’t about perfection; it’s about choosing intentionality over inertia and purpose over passivity.


2. Cultivate Skills That Actually Matter

Knowledge is power, they say. But as a hypnotherapist, I see the flip side of that coin all too often.


Clients walk into my office burdened by an avalanche of facts, figures, and self-help articles, paralyzed by the sheer weight of “knowing” without “doing.”


Take Mary, for instance. She was an intelligent, driven woman who came to me yearning to improve her relationships. Her bookshelf groaned under the weight of communication guides, psychology pamphlets, and self-proclaimed relationship bibles.


Yet she confessed to feeling more isolated than ever. Knowledge without application, I realized, was a gilded cage.


So, we pivoted. No more self-help books, but active listening, communication drills, and a focus on “doing.” Slowly, her books were replaced by real-life connections.


Mary’s transformation wasn’t about forgetting but about weaving knowledge into action. Skills, not information, were the bridge to a fulfilling life.


To be the best version of yourself isn’t about amassing a mountain of information. It’s about building a repertoire of skills.


Skills are the bridge between knowing and doing—the magic elixir that transforms knowledge into tangible results. So, how do you cut through the noise and focus on actionable skills? Here’s the recipe:


  • Identify Your Skill Gaps

Don’t spread yourself thin trying to master everything. Identify the skills that align with your goals and values.


Whether it’s public speaking, coding, or mastering a musical instrument, choose skills that resonate with your aspirations.


  • Learn by Doing

Knowledge is a foundation, but skills are built through action. Adopt a hands-on approach to learning.


Write that blog post, even if it stumbles. Code that app, even if it bugs. Speak that language, even if it stumbles. Each misstep, each imperfection, is a brushstroke on your masterpiece.


Fall, stumble, learn, and repeat. That’s where the real magic happens.


  • Embrace the Messy Mastery

Perfection is a seductive but ultimately paralyzing mirage. Don’t wait until you’re “ready” or “know enough.”


Start now, with shaky hands and a messy draft. Remember, Michelangelo learned to sculpt by chipping away, not by memorizing anatomy textbooks.




Shift your focus from the sheer accumulation of knowledge to the mastery of skills. It’s the practical, tangible skills that propel you to be the best version of yourself.


3. Embrace Imperfection as Your Ally

Forget the “be the best version of yourself” billboards plastered with airbrushed smiles and curated lives. Self-improvement isn’t a performance for Instagram likes, it’s an authentic journey towards who you truly want to be.


Think of your best self as wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic that celebrates the beauty of imperfection. The cracked teacup, the asymmetrical vase, and the wobbly hand-drawn line.


These imperfections tell a story, whisper of authenticity, and point you towards the most authentic version of yourself.


  • Stop Seeing Imperfection As Flaws

Your imperfections are your unique scars, your badges of honor, and proof that you’ve dared to climb mountains and cross oceans.


Embrace the tremor in your voice during a presentation, your nervous laugh, and your occasional off-key karaoke rendition.


These are reminders that you’re alive, growing, and learning. So, acknowledge them, laugh at them, and keep stepping forward.


  • Turn Stumbles into Stepping Stones

Every stumble and every misstep are a chance to learn and grow. Analyze your fumbles, not with self-loathing but with curiosity.


What went wrong? How can you do it differently next time? Remember, the falls don’t define you; the way you get back up does.


  • Progress, Not Perfection

Your best self isn’t a finished product on a shelf; it’s the vibrant, ever-evolving dance of becoming. It’s about progress, not perfection.


So, embrace your imperfections. They’re not signs of failure; they’re brushstrokes on the masterpiece of your life.




Remember, to be the best version of yourself is not about becoming flawless. It’s about becoming the best, most authentic you.


4. Devote Yourself To The Pursuit Of Mastery

When you take up the challenge to be the best version of yourself, be ready to immerse yourself in the relentless pursuit of mastery in the mountains of your own potential.


Think of Van Gogh: sunflowers swirling beneath his brush, not for applause but for the transformative act of capturing their essence. That’s devotion: the relentless pursuit of excellence, the messy, frustrating journey of becoming the best painter (or coder, chef, writer) you can be.


In my hypnotherapy practice, I witness the spark of this relentless pursuit every day. Like Sarah, a lawyer who walked in with a prestigious resume and a gnawing emptiness.


We explored the “why” behind her work—the fire that once fueled her passion. Through guided visualizations, she rediscovered the joy of crafting legal arguments, not just winning cases.


Now, her eyes sparkle when she talks about the courtroom, not just the corner office. It’s not a perfect journey, but the dedication to her “why” paints a masterpiece on the canvas of her career.


So, here are some pointers to get you started on your pursuit of mastery:


  • Define Your Craft

What ignites your soul’s fire? What makes you lose track of time and forget the world’s noise? What skill or pursuit resonates with your core?


Be specific. Whether it’s mastering Python programming or perfecting the art of public speaking, defining your craft lays the groundwork for your journey.


Find your own Mount Everest—the peak that makes you want to lace up your boots and start climbing.


  • Embrace A Beginner’s Mindset

In the pursuit of mastery, always adopt a beginner’s mindset. Break free from the shackles of expertise, and dive into every endeavor as if it were your first.


You’re an apprentice, a newbie in life’s grand workshop. Embrace the curiosity and openness of a novice, for it is within this mindset that true mastery takes root.




As Robert Greene highlights in his New York Times-bestselling book, Mastery:

“…the goal of an apprenticeship is not money, a good position, a title, or a diploma, but rather the transformation of your mind and character–the first transformation on the way to mastery.”


5. Always Engage in Deliberate Practice

In the grand symphony of personal growth, deliberate practice is the virtuoso solo that elevates you to the best version of yourself. As coined by psychologist Anders Ericsson, deliberate practice is:

“The individualized training activities specially designed by a coach or teacher to improve specific aspects of an individual’s performance through repetition and successive refinement.”


Think of the late Kobe Bryant. He doesn’t just chuck hoops randomly. He dissects his throws, studies game tapes until his retinas scream, and works on weaknesses until they turn into strengths.


That’s deliberate practice—the relentless sharpening of your skills, the focused honing of your craft. So, how do you develop a focused, intentional effort to improve?


Here’s your blueprint for deliberate practice:


  • Set Clear Objectives

Define what mastery looks like in your chosen area. Whether it’s learning a new language or perfecting a yoga pose, set clear and achievable objectives.


The more explicit your goals, the more tangible your progress.


  • Mindful Repetition

Repetition is the mother of skill, but deliberate practice takes it up a notch. Break down your skill into smaller components and focus on improving each one.


Whether it’s a musical riff or a business pitch, refine each element through deliberate repetition.




  • Immediate Feedback Loop

Immediate and constructive feedback is the fuel that propels you forward. Seek out mentors, coaches, and even brutally honest friends who can provide instant insights into your performance.


Use their insights like sandpaper to smooth your rough edges. Constructive criticism is your ally.


  • Push Beyond Comfort

Comfort zones are where dreams go to hibernate. Deliberate practice requires pushing boundaries.


If you’re too comfortable, you’re not growing. Embrace discomfort as the catalyst for meaningful progress.


Engaging in deliberate practice isn’t just about mastering a particular skill. It’s about crafting a mindset that spills over into every facet of your life.


So, engage in deliberate practice with purpose and embrace discomfort. Let it be the driving force that propels you to be the best version of yourself.


Read: How Deliberate Practice Makes You An Expert In Anything


6. Unburden Your Mind From Insatiable Desires

In your pursuit to be the best version of yourself, consider this: Freedom often begins by releasing your mind from the burden of insatiable desires.


Picture Buddha, not drowning in a sea of stuff, but serene under a tree, content with the present moment. That’s the essence: freedom from the insatiable hunger for more, more, more.


So how do you unburden your mind from insatiable desires? Here’s your serenity-inducing toolkit:


  • Practice Mindful Consumption

Not every desire deserves attention. Ask yourself, “Does this desire truly serve me, or am I chasing someone else’s dream?”


“Does it align with my values?” Be brutally honest with yourself.


By ignoring irrelevant desires, you free up mental space for what truly aligns with your goals. Set clear priorities based on what profoundly matters to you.




  • Find Contentment in the Present

Acknowledge that not every desire needs immediate fulfillment. Focus on what you already have. The things that bring you genuine joy and the people who make your heart sing.


Cultivate contentment in the present while steering towards meaningful long-term goals. Every day, list three things you’re grateful for: your morning coffee, the silly antics of your dog, and the warmth of the sun on your skin.


Gratitude shrinks the dragons of desire, leaving space for genuine fulfillment.


  • Remember, Less is More

Craving simplicity isn’t deprivation; it’s liberation. Declutter your physical space, your mental space, and your social media feed.


Less noise, less comparison, more room for joy, and more room for you to just be. This “less” isn’t subtraction; it’s multiplication of who you truly are.


So, exhale the need for excess, and inhale the magic of being enough.


Read: 7 Reasons Why a Minimalist Lifestyle Leads to Greater Happiness


In essence, to be the best version of yourself, unburden your mind from insatiable desires. It’s not about suppressing ambitions but strategically channeling them.


7. Adopt the Maxim “Never Complain, Never Explain”

In my early years as a hypnotherapist, I fell into the “explainer” trap. Eager to prove my expertise, I’d readily engage in debates about therapeutic approaches, often leaving clients confused and myself drained.


Then, in my bid for personal mastery, I stumbled upon an age-old maxim:

“Never complain, never explain.”


Attributed to the astute 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, this mantra becomes more than words. Now, it serves as a compass that helps me navigate the minefield of opinions I encounter in my life.




Let’s unravel why adopting this maxim is a crucial step in your quest to be the best version of yourself.


  • Navigating the Slippery Slope of Explanation

Criticism stings, but you don’t need to prove everyone wrong. Explaining yourself to those who don’t respect you is like feeding a troll.


You’re giving them power just by paying attention. The more you explain yourself to those who disrespect you, the bigger you make them seem.


Why waste your time on that? Your time and energy are jewels; invest them wisely.


Read: How To Avoid & Overcome Relationship Deal Breakers In Your Life


  • Ditch The Need For Validation

Explaining ourselves often stems from a need for validation or a desire to regain approval. When you stop seeking validation from the outside, you clear space for what truly matters: becoming your best self.


Your self-confidence shines brighter than any approval you could get from a stranger.


  • Strategic Silence

In situations where your complaints wouldn’t change a thing, silence is your weapon. It shows you’re in control; you’re not letting petty annoyances drain your power.


It says, “I choose where to focus my energy, and it’s not on you.”


Embracing strategic silence is an assertion of your independence. You’re choosing a different path, one paved with action and progress.


In a world pulsating with opinions and criticisms, understanding when to voice your opinion and when to stay silent is a strategic cornerstone of self-mastery.


8. Make Big Changes By Thinking Small

The secret to be the best version of yourself isn’t some grand overhaul. It’s about thinking small and acting big.


Imagine you’re an airplane pilot about to take off from Los Angeles. You adjust the nose by a mere few degrees. On the runway, it seems insignificant.




But over those thousands of miles, that tiny tweak sends you soaring to Washington, D.C., instead of New York. The same goes for your habits. They’re the silent pilots shaping the trajectory of your life, one micro-adjustment at a time.


James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, calls them “the compound interest of self-improvement.” In his book, he described how the British cycling team became an unstoppable force by focusing on getting 1% improvements in everything from sleep to nutrition to pedal stroke.


These tiny, almost invisible changes may seem insignificant, but like seeds in fertile soil, they have the power to blossom into incredible results. Think of Zeno, the ancient Stoic philosopher, who said:

“Well-being is realized by small steps but is truly no small thing.”


So, ditch the pressure of epic transformations and embrace the power of micro-changes. Here’s how:


  • Reading One Page at a Time

Instead of vowing to read “Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance” by the weekend, commit to reading one page a day. That’s it.


One page. Bite-sized, achievable, and before you know it, you’ll be devouring chapters like a bookworm on a sugar rush.


  • Tiny Steps to Big Strides

Does the thought of running a mile make your sneakers feel like lead boots? Start with a walk in the park, a gentle stroll around your neighborhood, or even just a few laps around the living room.


Every step count, and before you know it, you’ll be conquering that mile with a smile.


  • Food Choices, Not Food Revolutions

Practice mindful eating and pay close attention to what you eat and how it makes you feel. Ditch the restrictive diets and focus on making one healthy choice a day.




An extra serving of veggies, a fruit instead of a cookie. These small victories add up to a healthier you, bite by bite.


Remember, the key is to start small and build. Don’t overwhelm yourself with mountains to climb.


Focus on the first step-the next pebble on the path. Consistency, not intensity, is the fuel that propels you forward.


9. Mind Your Own Business (The Stoic Way)

Remember that nosy neighbor who lived for the latest gossip? Yeah, don’t be that person.


While drama might be juicy, getting sucked into it is like sipping poisoned Kool-Aid. To be the best version of yourself, you need to channel your inner Stoic and embrace the liberating art of minding your own business.


Before you raise an eyebrow, hear me out. Stoicism, often misunderstood as a cold, emotionless philosophy, actually holds the key to inner peace and a good life.


Forget detaching from everything; it’s about focusing your energy on what truly matters: yourself. As Chrysippus, a Greek Stoic philosopher, put it:

“The wise man meddles little or not at all in affairs and does his own thing.”


This isn’t about being selfish; it’s about recognizing that most problems stem from internal perceptions, not external dramas. When you get caught up in other people’s messes, their anxieties and expectations become yours, draining your energy and clouding your judgment.


So, how do you mind your own business in a world full of drama?


  • Ask Yourself

Does this situation affect me directly? Is it worth my time and energy?


If it’s just juicy gossip or someone else’s drama, politely excuse yourself and focus on your own growth.




  • Set Boundaries

Learn to say “no” to requests that drain your energy or pull you away from your goals. Remember, a healthy boundary isn’t selfish; it’s self-respect.


  • Focus On Your Circle Of Control

Channel your energy into things you can actually influence–your own thoughts, actions, and choices. This is not about ignoring problems, but about focusing your efforts where they matter most.


Remember, your energy is a precious resource. Invest it wisely in your own growth and well-being.


Read: The Stoic’s Ultimate Guide To A Happy & Thriving Life


10. Celebrate the Journey, Not Just the Destination

I used to think happiness was a mountain peak, shimmering just out of reach. I chased after it—job promotions, freelance gigs—each achievement a fleeting glimpse before the shimmering peak retreated once more.


But then I realized the magic wasn’t in the conquering but in the climb itself. It’s in the sunrise painting the sky, the satisfying burn in your muscles, and the shared stories around a crackling campfire.


In the bid to be the best version of yourself, banish the “I’ll be happy when…” mentality. Happiness isn’t a distant summit, glimmering just out of reach.


It’s the very essence of the journey itself, illuminating every step of the path. The real magic lies in savoring the journey, not just the destination.


So, celebrate every step, every challenge, every breath. You’re already on the mountain, and the view is spectacular.


Here are some strategies to embrace the journey:


  • See The Beauty in Small Victories

Nailed that presentation? Finished a chapter of your book? Exceeded a personal fitness milestone? Pause for a moment; the little things matter.


Recognizing and celebrating accomplishments, no matter how small, provides positive reinforcement and fuels the motivation to keep moving forward.




  • Benchmark Your Milestones

As you traverse the path of personal development, set benchmarks and milestones. Each achievement, each step closer to your final goal, deserves recognition.


Don’t overlook the importance of these markers—they are the signposts of your progress. Treat yourself as you hit these checkpoints. It’s a vital acknowledgment of your efforts.


  • View Setbacks As Opportunities

Stumbles are inevitable on any path, but they needn’t derail your progress. Analyze the mistake, learn from it, and adjust your approach.


Treat setbacks as valuable data points, not roadblocks, and celebrate your resilience in bouncing back stronger.


In essence, celebrate the journey, for it’s in the daily strides, the incremental wins, and the joyous moments of growth that your best self unfolds.


Remember, the destination is just a point on the map. The real adventure is in the steps you take and the person you become along the way.


Closing Thoughts

So, there you have it: ten potent tools to carve your path and to be the best version of yourself. But remember, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all roadmap.


It’s a toolbox – a beautiful collection of possibilities. Experiment, mix and match, and find what resonates with your unique journey.


In closing, to be the best version of yourself is not a task to complete; it’s a commitment to continuous refinement. As you apply these powerful methods, recognize that the journey itself is the reward.


Go forth, armed with these ten tools, and paint your path to self-mastery, one vibrant stroke at a time. Remember, the hero of this story isn’t some flawless ideal; it’s you, imperfect, evolving, and ever-becoming.

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