Hi guys….yes it’s crazy out there but we need to keep going and that’s why I’m saying to you that one way I help my clients redirect their fears, anger, disappointments or whatever emotion they’re experiencing that’s causing them to very unhappy….is to do something that you’ve needed to do for years. So during this period where we are all home bound, the positive of every negative is that we are now getting the chance to work on or do those things we always wanted to try, like…exercise (do it indoors), write a book or blog post (research on youtube, google or Pinterest ho w to do this, develop a plan for our future (make a plan for when this is over especially if you may not have the same type of life as you had before. You have to organise and plan what you’re going to do to maybe deal with a lack of finances or you may have to look for a new job or you may have masses of work to catch up with if you’re not working from home presently.
This is why my post is all about doing something towards improving yourself. I’ll explain what Self Improvement is all about and as a Development coach I’ve even gone as far as designing a Mini Self Improvement course for you for free. Yes its FREE and I want you all to use this opportunity to make some changes but to do that you need to know where you are now and where you want to be in the future after all of this has passed. Let’s get started with understanding Self Improvement:
Why Self Improvement?
The Importance of Self Improvement
It is important because you the individual thinks it is important. Normally because you want more from life, or you know you need to keep developing yourself instinctively or you were told you needed to or there would be grave consequences for your future. Whatever the reason, if a person feels there is something they need to improve, and want to improve, self-improvement will be important.
The importance of self-improvement is determined by each individual and their wanting to improve or not, but people/situations can seek to impose the importance of self-improvement on other people, irrespective of wants and needs of those people. In that case, it is up to each individual in receipt of such external impositions to choose whether to comply or not. An individual can accept and take on the importance of self-improvement from other people or they can make their own decision about it being important for them or not. There will be consequences for the individual either way, and the individual has to accept the consequences of their choice.
Definition: Self improvement is the act of making yourself better than you are right now. It does not matter how small the acts are, but as long as they steer you to become a better you; that is improving yourself. It has to do with what do you want to become? As opposed to success, self improvement is required in order to attain the Success that you want, whatever that maybe. Success can be measured, however, self development cannot be measure in any unit. It is simply invaluable and intangible.
Becoming a better version of you is like an endless journey. There is no one day you will say that you are at your best. While you will be excellent in some areas there is always that one area where you can use some improvement. Self improvement is for everyone.
The importance of self-improvement often goes unnoticed. We are either conveniently brushing our shortcomings under the carpet, refusing to face them or are just happy being ignorant. Truth is – you cannot run away from yourself. The farther you run, the deeper a grave you dig because there will come a time when all those unresolved emotions will surface, leaving you overwhelmed.
So, what should you do? Start with consciously becoming more self-aware, observing your thoughts, emotions and responses and deciding to make self-improvement an integral part of your life.
Just the way learning should never stop, the same applies for self-improvement. So what are some of the steps towards Self Improvement? Check these:
1. Increase Self-Awareness
We spend so much time getting to know other people and solve their issues. We need to spend some of that time knowing ourselves, if we do things would have been so much more different.
The first step of self-improvement requires you to become more self-aware and get to know yourself better. So you need to ask yourself the right questions to help you get the right answers towards the right direction.
Self-awareness is an ongoing journey , you have different experiences and challenges which shows you sides of yourself that you either knew about or didn’t know you had. So, in order to be on the path of self-improvement, it is important to understand yourself.
2. Enhance Strengths
Self-improvement lets you identify your personal strengths and knowing your strengths is important for every sphere of your life.
It gives you a better understanding of what you are seeking and where you are likely to excel. It helps you know what you want and then be able to set goals and execute them . After all, you can only achieve what you want, when you KNOW what you want.
3. Overcome Weaknesses
Identifying strengths is an important aspect of self-improvement, so is coming to terms with your areas for improvement. Don’t be ashamed of them, we all have strengths and weaknesses that shape our personality. It is these imperfections that make us who we are and helps us become who we are.
Self Improvement is about looking beyond those weaknesses that are stopping you from achieving greatness. Accept your weaknesses, identify where their source and be determined to overcome them.
4. Step out of Comfort Zone
It feels good to move away from your comfort zone, because staying safe denotes stagnancy and where there is stagnancy, you can never find growth.
Choosing to work on improving yourself requires you to step out of your comfort zone. It lets you face your fears, try new things, take risks and challenge yourself. There will be times when you will discover a new side of your personality but there will also be times when you will fail. Don’t let those failures keep you down, use then to spur you to try another way.
5. Improve Mental Health
One of the biggest importance of self-improvement is the positive impact it has on mental health. When you work on yourself, you get to know yourself better which lets you deal with your thoughts and emotions more effectively. You begin to understand why you are experiencing certain emotions and learn how to tackle them with time.
6. Better Decision Making
We are required to make decisions at every step in our lives and every decision has a repercussion. Moreover, it is not about making decisions as much as it is about being confident about the decision taken.
You need a level of clarity, self-awareness and confidence which is a direct result of self-improvement, to be able to make great decisions. When you know what you want to achieve out of a situation and set the goals accordingly, you are able to make better, informed decisions.
7. Sense of Purpose
Deciding to walk the path of self-improvement and personal development gives your life purpose and meaning. Why is that important, you ask? It’s because it helps you stay focused on your life goals, makes you feel alive and keeps you motivated. It improves mental and physical well-being by keeping you on the right track.
With a purpose you learn to accept all the challenges that come along the way because you have your eyes set on what really matters – the ‘Bigger Life Picture’.
8. Instill A Learning Attitude
People who are invested in their continuous self-improvement come with an extremely positive attitude towards learning. It shows that they are aware of their what they need to changing and they are open to receiving feedback in order to improve.
Instead of being ignorant and escaping from their problems, they learn from their mistakes to grow and succeed. This is a wonderful quality to have as having a learning attitude is instrumental in achieving success.
9. Cultivate Self-love
Last but not the least, self-improvement cultivates self worth, self love and self understanding . By seeing yourself grow with every passing day, you build on your confidence and self-esteem.
Many might debate that if you love yourself why must you want to change but that’s not true. Self-improvement is not changing yourself out of frustration. It is more about focusing on what matters to you and overcoming any mental hurdles that might be stopping you from reaching your full potential.
So in conclusion, there are also some other benefits to self improvement. What are the key areas engaging in self Improvement or personal development helps us to improve? – soft skills such as:
- Being a good listener
- Having more empathy towards others
- Becoming more efficient
- Learning to feel more confident
- Becoming more focused and organized
- Setting goals – personal and professional – for ourselves.
Somebody who is struggling with the self-improvement process may wonder if it is worth it. They may wonder if they are wasting all of the emotional energy that it takes to successfully use self-development techniques. The answers to these this questions is that yes, it is absolutely worth it, and no it is not a waste of emotional energy. A high level of self-development can make a huge difference when it comes to obtaining success on the job and in other areas of life. Here are just a few reasons this is the case.