The term self improvement sounds simple, but what does it really mean?
The dictionary defines it as improvement of one’s mind, character, etc., through one’s own efforts. Is self improvement really necessary in helping us lead more fulfilling lives? When I think of self improvement, I think of where I am today (point A) in a certain area of my life and then where I want to be (point B). Since I haven’t gotten to that desired place yet, what do I need to improve about myself to get there? What kind of skills to I need to develop and what kind of a mindset do I need to strengthen in order to achieve what others have done before me?
There is no Luck in Self Improvement
Continuing on, self improvement is indeed the means of gradually creating the mindset and skills to improve ourselves, but could it also lead to an overall improvement of our surroundings? Think about the person who is comfortably employed at a job, earning a decent, but much lower salary than he is capable of. Although this person is fully entitled to do this, they might notice that others are earning a higher salary. That individual may assume that they have no luck and others were just born with greater talents and just happened to make the right connections. However, what they might have failed to realize, is that those people intended for their circumstances to manifest as such. He may assume it’s just luck, but the law of cause and effect explains why it’s not. The higher salary earners have done something differently and thus produced different results. To achieve those same results, some kind of “self improvement” is needed. Since we are fully responsible for creating the results in our lives, self improvement then is necessary, if we are to get from point A to point B.
A question I asked myself a while ago, (and it’s one of the reasons I began to study self improvement and also why I became a certified life coach) was “Why are some people better off than others? What has driven their personal success?” I found out what caused many people to succeed at any endeavor, whether their career, family life, personal finances or health, was that they had learned the skills or improved themselves to take action on what causes success in those areas. They continuously improved until they found what worked, and even then, there was room for improvement – the key, being of course that they learned to take consistent actions that eventually turned into successful habits.
The Ultimate Value of Self Improvement
Ultimately, continuous self improvement results in our acting in a way that can cause us to succeed. I used to think that successful people were born successful, or that it was a talent that only some people had, or yes, that people were just “lucky.” I later found out that it didn’t matter how much money, intelligence, power, influence or any other successful trait that someone had – most of them had worked their tails off and developed the skills that made them successful. It was those who figured out exactly what they wanted, found out the right steps to take and then took massive, consistent action to actualize their goals – that’s what created personal success in their lives.
Final Thoughts on Self Improvement
From my experience, what causes personal success is first making a distinction that the results you are creating are not up to your standards, but also knowing that you can change and direct your life in a way that you now want. To make a positive change in our lives, self improvement is necessary. How can you improve yourself in any significant area of your life? Books, classes, videos, inspirational biographies, reading the bible or other spiritual works that can inspire and instruct you. Remember, in order for us to create different results, a change is needed. Why? Because we can’t create different results if if we’re consistently taking the wrong actions. We need some kind of change. Change of thoughts will lead to changed beliefs that can replace limiting beliefs. Our attitudes will thus be positively affected and in turn change the types of actions we take. It all starts with a little self improvement and then keeping it going.