Five Steps to Being More Self-Reliant

The one person you can rely on each day is yourself. You are the only person who can achieve your goals or obtain the things you need and want in life. While there may be many supportive people around you, you should never expect much more.


It takes self-discipline to form good habits. Being self-reliant and self-disciplined can unlock more life opportunities that can easily be dismissed if you don’t fully control your life. Being self-reliant is more than just about paying your bills on time. It’s about knowing yourself inside and out to achieve the most you can from life.


The following steps will help you to become more self-reliant in life.


Step One: Identify Your Wants and Needs


To be self-reliant, you need to want to live happily and understand what you need to survive. It’s about understanding that your needs and wants can’t be met without you being aware of them or what is required to get them done. This includes a proper diet, sleep, and doing the other daily tasks needed to live, as well as your career or aspirations.


Step Two: Declutter and Organize


Now that you have highlighted what you need and want in life, get rid of the rest. Clutter only causes stress and anxiety, which could put too much on your plate. Being self-reliant doesn’t mean you can perform everything at your best twenty-four seven, nor should you. It is about finding the realistic and reinvented pieces in life and fitting them together to live a fulfilled and happy life on your own.


Step Three: Recognize Your Strengths and Weakness


Being self-reliant doesn’t mean you will do everything on your own. It’s really about understanding that most things in life are your responsibility. However, it also includes knowing that certain things or people can better accomplish those tasks for you. Take time to figure out the areas you do well in and the areas where you could use help. Then be sure to delegate the latter to others, or outline ways to improve your weaknesses to one day do them yourself.


Step Four: Trust Your Decisions and Yourself


The most difficult step to learn is trusting yourself to do your best or have what it takes to live your life. However, confidence can go a long way even if you don’t believe it at first. When you are confident, you ignore the negativity that would otherwise present itself – further keeping you behind and where you want to be.


Step Five: Seek Education and Experience


Finally, the last step towards self-reliance requires committing to learn and experience new things. Often, not being self-reliant is due to a lack of information you can easily learn or find on your own.


Clarity, education, and cultivating a desire to do good even when no one is watching need to be put first if you want to become more self-reliant. Learn to trust yourself and don’t expect anything from anyone else. The more you learn about yourself and improve your strengths and weaknesses, the more self-reliant you will become.

Written by Shahroz Afzal

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