“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates
Since childhood, we have been bogged down by expectations to be the best in everything that we do. Ace our exams, focus on getting good grades, or excel in academics.
This need keeps sitting on our shoulders during college and even at work. But if all we do is to get good marks or complete projects, when and how exactly are we going to improve the real ‘I’ within us?
Academic courses might get us a job with good pay, but it isn’t wise to achieve success that we are only able to maintain under undue stress.
In other words, if we don’t put effort into aspects like self-improvement and personal development, we can try and get success, but the path and the destination need not leave you content.
In our hectic materialistic life of running behind benefits, we can easily lose the importance of self-improvement.
Chances are we either brush our shortcomings under the carpet or simply follow “Ignorance is Bliss”. In any case, the weaknesses persist and it is something we cannot outrun but only remedy.
Well, one can run away from one’s deficiency and for example, become a persistent Tidsoptimist. However, by not trying to stop the habit and improve, the person is only sinking further into the pit of lack of opportunity.
This in turn will eventually surface unresolved emotions and even hate towards self or others. But, if the person was to rectify his way through small regular measures of self-improvement, he’ll easily overcome the demon of late coming and transform into a person in control of all of his affairs.
Laziness haunts us all but so does the want to “do better”. But we must not try to achieve growth through nefarious measures.
Yes, it may be easy, but goals achieved through deception are only essentially deceiving ourselves and sooner or later, we’ll find ourselves in a pit of our stupidity.
Meanwhile, if we were to achieve our goals through self-improvement, then the success and the effort put into improving ourselves will be long-lasting.
What comes easy goes easy, but by pursuing self-improvement we can achieve progress and happiness that stands on strong, unshakable foundations.
Self-improvement is not a one-time, single activity but rather a path where you keep coming across different features of your life that you can improve.
It is a lifelong journey built upon a newer, stronger, improved version of yourself. By choosing self-improvement, a person with stage fright can in time, end up becoming a motivational speaker.
Life is a lesson that never has been completely learnt. As long as one exists, life’s teaching them a lesson.
Similarly, self-improvement also never ends for there is no limit to what extent an individual can improve oneself.
Tips for Self Improvement
Here are some of the little ways you can start self-improvement and find the better I in Me.
1. Start Reading
2. Get a Hobby or Start a New One
3. Level up Your Skills
Chances are you know how to use MS Word. But do you know the software inside out? You can improve this skill, by trying to learn all the features of the software which will surely come in handy professionally or otherwise.
Or you can learn MS Excel which is typically a basic requirement in the retail industry worldwide. Whether you aim to get into that industry or not, knowing additional software is always an advantage.
4. Get out Of that Comfort Zone
This cannot be stressed enough. We haven’t lived our lives until we’ve ventured out of our control freak comfort zone. It can be as simple as watching a movie from that genre you always avoid.
5. Identify Your Weakness
Find your weakness and give them strength. Go to bed early and wake up early as well. Stop that addiction to social media or the counterproductive smartphone. Don’t like differentiation? Learn Vedic mathematics.
6. Quit Bad Habits
Quit bad habits for at the end of the day, they are just extra baggage. Granting good or bad is a personal perspective, there is not one good thing that comes from smoking a cigarette. It is pure stupidity.