"Self-improvement" is very popular these days, yet why is it that some people display a great interest in self-improvement while others consider it a waste of time?
Let's consider why some people are keen on self-improvement and others not so much.
There is a hidden stigma attached to the idea of self-improvement. It can be seen as unnecessarily inward-looking, or termed "navel-gazing." The stigma also refers to mental health issues, as in for example, with the need for self-improvement that there must be "something wrong with you."
For these reasons people will often keep their desire for self-improvement secret, as they do not wish to be subjected to securitizing questions.
Other reasons why self-improvement is sometimes derided include the fear of what we may find once we start looking within and the need to feel that we are OK as we are. This thought could go something like "I'm OK, why would I need self-improvement for God's sake!"
However, the benefits of self-improvement outweigh anything else.
Many books, programs on TV and radio, and businesses which run along lines of self-improvement such as yoga, meditation, various mental therapies, health supplements and foods, biofeedback, kinesiology and color therapy demonstrate the helpful effects of self-improvement, and even necessary, within our lives.
All of us have a desire to live well, even though success and well-being mean something different to each of us.
Self-improvement touches upon all aspects of life from career to parenting, to being a good partner, to being a member of a community, living well with ourselves and doing the best that we can.
* You will often find that striving for something that is different from the way you are currently living, or times when you are recovering from a low-point in your life, are the times when you will begin to consider improving yourself.
* Perhaps, you may realize that every one of us has personal weaknesses holding us back from the lifestyle that we feel is best for us.
* Or maybe you just know that you can do better.
Truth is, the world can be a giant obstacle to hurdle over, even a harsh place, and low self-esteem is the first thing that will halt your progress as you reach for the stars in your own unique way.
Even if you are in a big hurry to make a fantastic life for yourself, you must like and accept yourself first. There is no way you can avoid this all important task.
Are you feeling less than happy, balanced or important in your own way? Are you without a partner, without a job, do your friends tell you that you are no fun to be with? Then there is no time to be lazy. Improve yourself!
We humans have been around for a long time, and we're more alike than you think. We all experience similar pains or want similar pleasures that somebody else has figured out for us. There is not one problems you can't investigate and improve upon.
The proven results of self-improvement include better sleep, more contentment, higher intelligence, lower blood pressure, better relationships, less anxiety and enhanced ability to cope with stress and the list goes on!
Even if you are happy with where you are in life, realize there is always something better than just "feeling OK" and start to really take steps toward finding out how to thrive rather just survive.