Taking A Step In The Right Direction
You want to improve yourself, and this explains why you are reading this article right now. It is very possible to “get there,” only if you are willing to take the right steps in the right direction. Before you take off, you need to have the right mentality about self-improvement. The reason why “get there” is in quotes is because “there” does not exist. Self-improvement is not a destination but a journey. If you have the right mentality and take the right steps, you will not fail along the way.
If you have embarked on the journey of self-improvement, creating a plan, or setting up a road map to success is vital. One of the most important things to remember about self-improvement is that it isn’t something you can do “just because.” It is a process, a series of small victories that build-up to the desired result over time, it is a life-long process. You cannot expect to suddenly become a better person simply by taking a small step in the right direction. A great deal of success depends on the path you have chosen to take. The more you know about yourself, and the more you understand your strengths and weaknesses, the more you will be able to use them to your advantage.
Self-improvement does not mean doing “stuff”, but doing the right thing in a small amount of time and with an attitude of gratitude. If you need to get a lot of stuff done or are looking for ways to accomplish something major, consider hiring a personal assistant or improving on something you already know. This will save you both time and money. Another great tool for self-improvement is to take small steps. Even if it seems insignificant, these small victories add up over time. When you start taking a small step, you will find that you are moving closer to your goal.
Life is a challenging journey studded with problems and challenges here and there. At times, we tend to cringe and defend ourselves from the difficulties we face; at other times, we get on the offensive and start doing weird things to counter the effect of these challenges. However, facing these challenges and using the right tools is what is usually required if we are ever going to be successful. This is not to say that discouragement will not come or that when it comes it shows weakness on your part. It is common for you to reach a point where you are sure that your journey of self-improvement has been or needs to be called off. The big question is how you handle it.
In his book, “Born to Win”, Lewis Timberlake says, “It is not what happens but how you react to what happens that separates winners from losers and the successful from the unsuccessful.” This can’t be better said, because it is the absolute truth. Every person has his own share of challenges to deal with every single day, but those who choose to face it positively usually emerge that day’s winners.
One of the keys to self-improvement is to remind yourself what you are worth. Whether you are trying to lose weight, stop smoking or get better at your job, remind yourself that you are worthy of so much more. The only limit is how much further you want to push yourself.