Here's Why Self-Improvement Is Important

Here's Why Self-Improvement Is Important

Have you ever heard the quote “A negative mind will never give you a positive life"?

According to Worldminded, “Personal growth is the ongoing process of understanding and developing yourself in order to achieve your fullest potential. Personal development is a vital part in a person’s growth, maturity, success and happiness. It is the foundation of emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual health.”

In order to grow as a person, you must like yourself. How will you have any faith in yourself if you don’t like yourself? It's possible to grow as a person and not like yourself but you won’t get nearly as far as someone who does like themselves. It’s hard to like yourself, especially in a society where liking yourself happens to be so looked down upon. But there is nothing wrong with liking yourself or loving yourself, as a matter of fact. You are with yourself forever so might as well be comfortable, right?

It is important to be comfortable with yourself as well as other people.

According to author Cheryl Bradshaw, many people are not comfortable around others and wear a “mask” in public. This mask is not our true self. Many people wear a mask in public around people they know and may not feel 100 percent comfortable with. People do this because they are scared of vulnerability. People are scared to show their true self to someone because if that person doesn't like them they will feel bad about themselves; almost like they’ve done something wrong. (If someone doesn’t like you, it doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong.)

Most people do it and do not even realize it, they go out and suddenly like a switch, the mask is on.

The problem with the mask though is that if you meet someone and have on your mask they can’t see the true you.

Taking off the mask and being yourself all the time is hard but worth it.

If someone does not like you, it’s their problem.

Personal growth is a process that requires you to be 100 percent comfortable and confident in yourself.

Personal growth is also a process that requires you to be positive.

Have you ever heard the quote “a negative mind will never give you a positive life”?

It’s true! Being positive is a huge step towards self improvement.

If you wake up one day with a negative mindset thinking about how crappy your day is going to go and how much you hate everyone then your day is most likely going to be crap. However, if you wake up and smile at people, be polite, kind and think about what a great day you're going to have, then your day will probably be a lot better!

Another crucial thing to remember in self improvement is that YOU are in control and no one else. You can make the moves to completely control your future, it’s all up to you. Sometimes this idea can scare people, but there is no reason to fear this. The gift of life and being able to control your future is everything.

Just remember you are in the driver seat and if you want to improve and be happy it's up to you!

When you feel yourself improving it is an amazing and unexplainable feeling, you feel so accomplished and happy!

Improving yourself can never hurt. Even the kindest, most hard working and loving people could use self improvement!

Remember that with personal growth will come success. Once you know what you want to do and are comfortable with yourself you will have bigger goals (career, family, living, etc.). If you are personally 100 percent comfortable with yourself, you will know what you want to do and success will come to you.

Lastly, remember with personal growth also comes great feelings of happiness. Remember to spread those feelings of happiness to others. Knowing you have grown as a person will give you the ability to help other people grow too.

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Infectious Compassion

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I am definitely no newbie to this; doctors, hospitals, medications, therapies, insurance, paperwork, and the waiting. The dreaded waiting. Often the cure is worse than the disease, but the wait amplifies the symptoms of said disease. 

Like I said, I am no newbie, but I also am not an expertise. If I were an expertise I wouldn’t need the doctors, and all of that goes with being ill. But one might come to believe that after 26 years, one would at least develop a thicker skin. I try to imagine how a great spiritual leader might advise me when I fall through a crack in our system. I ask myself what lesson can be learned, for my future, and the avoidance of other cracks. I even try to learn from others who have fallen, and pass forward any pertinent knowledge I have accumulated. 

Knowledge is power, unless you’re sick. Money is power, unless you’re sick. Knowledge and money give the sick more options, but sick is still sick. Dying is still dying. Death is still death. 

With all of my knowledge, all of my wants, all of my needs, and all of my wishes, only one thing has been a constant in dealing, coping, and even healing. It is actually very basic, but often the most elusive. A placebo of sorts, amazingly it is still in short supply, but high demand. 

One cannot bottle it, market it, sell it, or cure the sick with it. But it is the most contagious agent I have ever been exposed to. A touch, a smile, a hopeful gesture or word, and I am instantly infected. Once I am infected my only desire is to infect all around me. 

So here is the big secret, the elusive placebo, the virus I covet more than any cure some specialist, drug rep, hospital, or guru peddles: Compassion. 

Devastating news is just that much easier to take in when compassion is bound to it. I accepted a long time back that I would either die from my diagnoses, or with them. No cure in sight, just a hindered life. Even though I don’t like my illnesses, I’m okay with this, I am okay with me, who I am, who I turned out to be. 

We humans don’t have to like disease, or even accept it, in us or others. But could we at least show a little compassion? For a few seconds? A fake smile? Something? 

The next time you are having a wonderful day, think back to a day that was the exact opposite. Now, the stranger next to you? That just might describe their day. Would you have liked a miniscule amount of compassion on the day you remember? Might a slight exposure of infectious happiness have helped you? 

Commit a random act of kindness and infect a stranger with some compassion! Pass it on! 

  

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With The New Year Already Gone, How Can We Improve Ourselves?

Its Never Too Late To Make A Commitment To Making Yourself Better

As January begins, people always talk about how their news years resolution never work out. Most of the time, they are right. But finding a good balanced resolution can be key. The resolution shouldn't be impossible but it also should be able to challenge you and prove to yourself that anything is possible. Here are 3 resolutions that I think all of us should begin a February as a way to make ourselves the best people.

1. Being kind to those around us

This one can be quite tough. Sometimes we just have those moments where nothing is seeming to go right and there is only a few people to blame. Overcome those emotions of anger or hatred and instead focus on improving yourself. If you got yourself into the situation, you are more that likely to get yourself out of it. This will not only improve your image to that person who you know, but also to others who may be trying to get to know you better.

2. Don't be Lazy

Not gonna lie, this is one of the hardest resolutions for people to follow. A long hard day at work or at school can often be the breaking point for people and might force them to stop doing what is necessary. For students, it might be putting in the extra work or in my case, going downstairs to get something. Being lazy is a problem for all of us and I think the best way to fix it is to start thinking of ways to keep this resolution.

3. Keep a Positive attitude

When times are good, a positive attitude is easy to keep. But as obstacles cloud our path, our negativity grows more and eventually can't be stopped. Being one of the biggest pessimist I know, keeping a happy attitude can change more than just in our own personal lives. A smile or a laugh is all it takes to brighten up someones day. Remember if you are going through a hard time, someone else also is. Showing them a sign of faith and belief in them can give them the final push to overcome their conflict.

These three resolutions are meant to help us make 2018 a year full of laughs, memories, and improve on 2017. Each of these commitments to improving ourselves will also affect others around us. Good luck keeping these resolutions.

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