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"?
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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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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
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Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

SEE ALSO: As Christians, Life Isn't Supposed To Be Hard

So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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Not Only Does Lack Of Sleep Make You Cranky, But It Also Affects Your Relationships

In fact, the lack of sleep affects your ability to fully engage in healthy and long-lasting relationships.

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When I'm sleep deprived, I feel like the world is almost coming to an end. I'm the most cranky and irritable when I experience a lack of sleep. I'm sure many of you can relate to this and the struggles of it. It is one of the worst feelings to have because most of your actions get affected by it.

Sleep is an essential component in our lives because it provides us with the energy and resilience required to tackle memories and obstacles during the day. Usually, people who are sleep deprived will end up forgetting to complete simple tasks such as putting salt while cooking or picking something up from the patio. The inability to forget to do simple tasks stems from the lack of sleep experienced by many young adults like me.

As college students, we tend to underestimate the paramount importance of getting that target "8 hours" of sleep. Feeling sleepy while at a lecture is the eye-catching symptom for most sleep-deprived students and it is something that happens to me. In the same manner, sleep is closely tied to your relationships as well.

Recent studies have highlighted the fact that the amount of sleep you get does indeed affect your relationships. In fact, the lack of sleep affects your ability to fully engage in healthy and long-lasting relationships. You will most likely end up not reciprocating to what your significant other expects from you and that will end up straining the relationship even more. For instance, imagine if your S.O. wants to speak to you about something extremely important i.e. a life-changing decision. If you or your S.O. are sleep deprived, the conversation will go nowhere and chances are both of you will end up fighting.

Hence, sleep is crucial for the longevity of relationships as well as for your mental peace. Establishing a common bedtime is key towards developing a more closer bond with each other. In addition, mutual respect for each other's sleep patterns and work schedules plays a huge role in strengthening a couple's relationship. If both partners are able to balance their respective schedules, then they will still be able to spend some quality time together. Keep in mind, the cliché "8 hours" of sleep is extremely vital for a well-rested mind and body! You will end up becoming more productive throughout the day if you are not sleep deprived.

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