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3 Ways To Get Better Everyday
and Live Your Best

By Sam Glenn, Award Winning Motivational Speaker, Author and Performance Artist

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When I married my wife, I told her that I would not be perfect every day, but I would always work hard to get better. I wasn’t trying to set the bar low, but I think we all have our off days from time to time – would you agree with that? I told her a sign that I care is my pursuit of always getting better.

Getting better is about improving ourselves or learning from our imperfect moments. Getting better is allowing yourself the grace to grow and progress. The challenge with getting better is learning to be a little more patient with yourself and others who are trying hard to improve some area in their life.

So, let me ask you this, what area of your life could get a little better?

1. Identify what area you want to
improve and work on it.

I was talking with a friend, and he said he needs to work on being more patient and not buying so many household items off informercials. Admitting what you need to work on is a big step. It’s a humbling step. Another friend shared that she needs to get better with her spending habits. She was in the habit of buying something every time she went to the store. After a while, it just added up to a lot of stuff she didn’t really need and less cash in her pocket.

2. Create a workable plan to get better.

After I turned 40, my metabolism just stopped working like an old lawn mower. Even if I worked out, it felt like it wasn’t helping me keep the weight off. If I just looked at a Snickers candy bar, I magically put on weight. I had to reeducate myself for where I was in life. I was trying to work out and eat like when I was in my twenties. So, I started to learn how to eat better, how much to eat, how many times a day to eat, and what the best activities were to burn calories without getting injured. Most of the activities in my twenties and thirties were pick-up basketball, and after a while, that took a toll on my body. Now I walk more and do workouts that won’t cause injury.

3. Get some accountability.

It’s easy to say, “I am going to get better,” and go at it with a little will power, but for most of us, it runs out of steam. Think about someone who suffers from addiction. When they are really serious about turning things around and overcoming the addiction, they find someone who can help them and hold them accountable so they don’t backslide.

When I told my wife my goal was to lose weight, I asked her if she would help me stay accountable to my goals. She agreed. So, when I get hungry and feel like reaching for “whatever,” she reminds me of my goal and to think before I dive into a row of Oreos.

She helps me by asking me this:
“Sam, how will you feel after you eat all those cookies?”

That kind of accountability helps me rethink my choices. Accountability gives us strength, encouragement, tough love, and awareness to stay on track.

The idea of getting a little better every day is so you can experience the best that life has to offer. If you have an off day, acknowledge it and try and improve the next day. Getting a little better every day creates positive momentum for your life and work. Don’t look at it as a chore or something that feels like work. We are all a work in progress, but a sign that you care about yourself and others around you is your pursuit to keep growing and getting a little better every day. The little things we do add up.

When you wake up each day, ask yourself,
“What can I do to get a little better today?”
And then do it!


Attitude Motivational SpeakerSam Glenn is an award winning motivational speaker, author and performance artist.  Organizations who love to empower their people to think better, do better and live better use Sam’s books and hilarious speeches to ignite more purpose and engagement in the workplace.  Sam is always the most requested presenter to return by conference attendees. If you attend one of his speeches - you will see why.  For more information on Sam Glenn or speaking engagement inquires, contact his office at  Sam and his team are ready to bring to the “WOW FACTOR” to your next big meeting.

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