There are so many ways to say “Self-Improvement,” such as:
Personal Development, Personal Growth, or even Self-Guided Improvement
However, the core of this phrase comes down to this; doing what you can to elevate where you are into a space you want to be in. This may be taking a yoga class, reading a classic novel, or attending a symposium.
No matter what you do, if you expand your knowledge, you practice self-improvement.
Another factor of self-improvement is wanting to learn. Do you ever have a conversation with someone, and they know just enough to argue, but once you expound on the subject, they shut you down? Yeah. Don’t be that person.
Although we have been programmed since we were young that we must continue to learn to fit in the box of “education,” we know now that learning can be more than just stats and tests. It can be the expansion of reality into fantasy. It can be taking some information to springboard into a new career or hobby.
But where do we start to do this?
Look inside, then look outside. Not to sound cliché, but what are your hopes? What do you dream of doing? Would you like to travel? Would you like to start your own business? Would you like to become a fairy and live in the forest (I’m totally with you on that last one)?
Write it down…your ideal day, schedule, and situation. Now, what are the pros and what are the cons? Do the scales balance, or do they swing in one direction?
What does your heart want? We are taught that we lead with our head, so we make logical and linear choices, but I am here to tell you that it’s ok to listen to your heart and then make your head figure out the logistics.
So how do you get there? Self-Improvement. Let’s say you want to work from home part-time, make full-time pay, and love to program apps. Look into a certificate that you can do online. Yeah, it may be tough working where you must while you work on what you want to do, but 6 months is a short time in the big picture.
And then, guess what? You got it. You evaluated your situation, created a path to what your heart wanted, took six months, and lost a little sleep to gain much freedom.
Was it worth it? Yeah, it was.
But self-improvement is more than just work or school. It is also an opportunity to reflect on yourself as a human.
The world is rough right now. There is turmoil and anger…and people that need a hug.
So, take a deep breath and start with you.
Invest in yourself.
The AFP2C Team